Kia is just the latest manufacturer to add the symphony turbocharging to their line of vehicles with the whirring and hissing duo attached to the Lambda II GDI engine powering the 2018+ Stinger GT. With the addition of these mechanical snails to Kia’s repertoire, it’s not much of a surprise that enthusiasts want to crank up the boost. And while it’s imperative to improve the capacity of the intercooling system when tuning the Stinger, it’s just as important to ensure it can handle the extra PSI. Specifically, the recirculation valve system needs to be up to snuff.
The turbocharger system is one of the most beautiful soundscapes in the automotive world. This overgrown mechanical snail not only gives smaller, more efficient engines the extra pep in their step, but it also fills our ears with a symphony of whirrs, flutters, and hisses, all complemented by the bassy undertone of the exhaust. Each section of the turbocharged orchestra plays its part, but today we’re going to look at the ‘Hiss’ section, with the blow-off valve sitting in first chair.
What is a Blow-Off Valve?
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Lately, it seems commercials for trucks, SUVs, CUVs, and every other acronym on four wheels have the same narrative. A traffic jam ahead and a forlorn look on our business-casual hero’s face. Suddenly, as if it hadn’t quite sunk in yet, our hero remembers they bought a vehicle capable of driving on that conveniently placed side road; the one that’s just dusty enough to add some drama to the shot, but not treacherous enough to require much driving skill. A couple presses of the nav screen and the hero is home before the dust settles.
From the crisp, cool air atop Pikes Peak to the smell of freshly cut grass at Fenway Park. From the hard asphalt streets of New York City to the soft sand of the Mojave. No matter where you are or where you’re going, the 2019+ Ford Ranger was built to take in the world.
While we take in the world with our sense of touch, sight, taste, and smell, your 2019+ Ranger takes in the world through its air intake. Air flows into the intake, gets compressed by the turbocharger, and is then forced into the … Continue Reading ››
As the legendary namesakes in the automotive world live on, they are forced to evolve with the industry. That old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” doesn’t exactly sit well with the Toyota and BMW tag team, especially when it came to the Supra’s resurrection. Yes, there is no arguing that the 2JZ-GTE was (and still is) a powerhouse of an engine, but the B58 more than fills the shoes left vacant for the last 18 years. While the car evolves, the formula stays the same. Strong, punchy turbo, straight-six in the front sending all the … Continue Reading ››