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Old 10-16-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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Anybody heard anything about this new electric turbo that Subaru is making? I found an artical about it but I want to know more. If anybody has some more knowledge on this please let me know. The potential for this sounds AWESOME!

http://www.torquenews.com/1084/2013-...electric-turbo
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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I thought this was going to be a thread about this nonsense.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:04 PM   #3
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^^^What he said...

I'll believe it when I see it.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:19 PM   #4
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Its electric......boogie woogie......

I would not want to be the first to try it out.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:30 PM   #5
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I had the same electric turbo idea around 07, when brushless motors were hitting the R/C scene.. The idea has multiple patents, and is very lucrative. I just wish i came up with the credit ie..($$) for thinking of it :/
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:32 PM   #6
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it could work... Plenty of bad ideas look good on paper. How are they going to get electricity from the exhaust though?
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:34 PM   #7
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i would think as some kind of generator?? but my idea was just to run a motor controller of the 12v system that automobiles just happen to already have.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:36 PM   #8
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I just dont understand why subaru would resist the exhaust in any way, shape, or form.. Just my opinion i guess... but why have anything in the exhaust?
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:47 PM   #9
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Creating electricity through some spinning object other than the traditional alternator...what else spins really fast? Something like a turbo? So changing energy's form. I have little faith in this.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:37 PM   #10
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I think it might work. Companies have proven that compressed air injected into the combustion chamber can improve power and mpg. I think an electric turbo could work, however I am not sure how much electricity you need to generate enough pressure. Have to wait and see.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:45 PM   #11
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How many times are you going to make this thread?
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:48 PM   #12
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It's an article written in May with speculations about the 2013 WRX. Now that the 2013 WRX is out without an electric turbo, you can chalk it up as a false rumor.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:51 PM   #13
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:34 PM   #14
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^ exactly
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:09 PM   #15
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I thought of this probably about 2 years ago sitting in class bored. Wrote 2 pages front and back of how it can be made. Quite simple, really.
Just wish I had money to have everything made to test out on a beater car lol.
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:33 PM   #16
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I thought of this probably about 2 years ago sitting in class bored. Wrote 2 pages front and back of how it can be made. Quite simple, really.
Just wish I had money to have everything made to test out on a beater car lol.
It isn't as simple as it sounds... Turbo's require MASSIVE amounts of power to generate power. There is simply no feasible way to a) provide enough electrical power to a motor, and b), get a motor big enough with enough power to run a turbo.

(and yes, I deal with LOTS of R/C class brushless motors, but they are toys compared to what you would need for even a small turbo.)

I suspect the electric subaru turbo has far more to do with an electric oil pump...
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:41 PM   #17
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I talked to my tuner about entering the 24 hours of lemons using a car with a few of those big floor fans as forced induction...He was unsure of how to tune such a monstrosity.
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:01 AM   #18
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If it was that easy it would have been done by now. Yes it may be possible but the amount of power it would take to compress that much air isn't very feasible. Converting heat into electricity then using electricity to spin a motor which spins a turbine would encounter lots of losses.
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:52 AM   #19
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I saw the thread title and was about to post this video:


But this thread is clearly not about those. *phew* Anyway, as Drew said, I'll believe it when I see it!
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:09 AM   #20
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cars like audi already use electric turbos. But not like most of you think it will be used, the electric is used just to eliminate turbo lag, once the turbo can do the job the electric turbo shoots off
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:16 AM   #21
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I love mightycarmods! ^^
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:35 AM   #22
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it could work... Plenty of bad ideas look good on paper.


I couldn't agree more 2 rx-7's later...
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