SEMA is the yearly trade show where companies can bring out the latest products for the performance aftermarket and introduce new technology. In order to keep up with the demands, companies like Turbonetics has to stay on the cutting edge with new and innovative designs.
This year, the Turbonetics team brought out the new line of TNX series turbocharger that features all new compressor and turbine wheel designs using 3D modeling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Jessica Barton had a chance to talk with Brian Regnier of Turbonetics and he had this to say. “These turbos feature a dual ball bearing system that gives unbeatable response and reliability.”
How does that new design translate to the end user? The TNX will provide more horsepower early on for improved driveability and response. The new bearings are a floating, dual bearing design that help the turbocharger to spool up faster and actually floats on oil.
The new dual piston rings on the compressor and turbine side of the shaft help to keep the oil inside the turbo where it belongs, and are ideal for low or rear mount applications. The TNX series is available in a 20, 30, and 40 series, with a new 45 series added to the line that is good for up to 900 horsepower.
Another unique feature of the 40 and 45 series is the unique housing design, which actually pulls air in from behind the turbine for better air flow and faster response. In addition to the TNX, Turbonetics introduced a new, tight radius elbow for extremely tight turbocharger installations.
You can find out more about the TNX series turbocharger on the Turbonetics website, and find out more about the 1966 twin turbo Belvedere in the Turbonetics booth in an upcoming car feature. This car takes the sleeper look to a whole new level with Hemi power under the hood, and a TNX 45 turbocharger mounted to each exhaust pipe out back.