In the middle of the 20th century, vehicle engineers were actively searching for ways to increase the average performance of an engine. After all, they were keenly aware that a lot of the energy produced during the combustion phase was simply going to waste. In due course they found a way to harness the spent exhaust gas, so they could recycle it efficiently to produce more power. This led to the development of the turbocharger, which has been used to great effect throughout the industry since that time. In fact, the turbocharger is likely to be an even bigger part of the equation in the future, as engineers now look for less waste. If you don't have one fitted to your diesel-engine vehicle, why should you be looking in this direction?
In the early years, turbos were mostly fitted to gasoline-based engines, as it was felt to be easier to develop performance gains with this type of motor. Diesel was felt to be more of a workhorse, and you needed a much larger unit to produce the same type of power as the gasoline-run alternative. However, today you can markedly increase the power to weight ratio of your engine by adding a turbocharger, so that it is at least the equivalent of a gasoline unit.
In many respects, the diesel engine is far more suited to a turbo, as this process generates a greater amount of exhaust gas. As there is more raw material to work with then a greater pressure can be attained, and the diesel engine is likely to see a significant boost in performance.
Some people think that a turbo will automatically use a lot more fuel simply because you are chasing better performance. In fact, the opposite is true as fuel economy will actually improve due to the fact that you're using the gases more efficiently. You should also find that the vehicle is less noisy, as the engine will run more quietly once it is fitted with a turbo.
Try It for Yourself
More manufacturers than ever are opting to fit a turbo as standard on both their gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles. You can fit an aftermarket version to your diesel-engined vehicle without too much trouble in the vast majority of cases. The sooner that you do this, the sooner you will see the benefits associated with turbo-based efficiency.