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Gatebil’s Craziest Compound Turbo Setups


Does dimension matter? It’s a query that has plagued humanity for hundreds of years. In terms of turbochargers at an occasion like Gatebil although, greater is all the time higher. And what’s higher than one large turbo? Two, after all.

Throughout my latest weekend at Rudskogen Motorsenter in Norway for the most important Gatebil occasion of the Scandinavian summer time, I noticed a variety of turbos. Huge ones. In pairs. Strapped to diesel engines. So, for my closing 2023 Gatebil Rudskogen occasion story, I assumed I’d check out some the wildest compound turbo setups I discovered within the paddock.

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Let’s begin with the Bekkevold brothers, Marius and Jonas, whose diesel-powered Mercedes-Benzes are sights to behold after they’re out on observe doing what they do finest. Their engine bays had been sights to behold in between circuit periods too.

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Let’s start with Marius’s turbo setup, as fitted to the Mercedes-Benz OM648 3.2L straight-six diesel engine in his 1990 W124 sedan. Compound turbo preparations are widespread in OEM diesel turbo purposes, and it’s simple to know why they’re carried over into {custom} aftermarket setups like this one.

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Very mainly talking, in a compound setup a smaller turbo (high-pressure turbo) and a bigger turbo (low-pressure turbo) work in sequence. Air feeds into the bigger turbo first, the place it’s compressed after which fed immediately into the mouth of the smaller turbo, which in flip feeds into an intercooler after which the engine itself. Because the engine RPMs rise, the bigger turbo spins faster and produces enhance, and that’s fed into the smaller turbo as soon as extra. In Marius’s case, the smaller turbo is a relatively massive Holset HX40, which by itself would be laggy. On this state of affairs although, the bigger turbo within the setup – the BorgWarner S476 mounted up high – ensures that the Holset produces enhance from low-RPM after which retains making it proper by way of the rev vary.

Different upgrades in Marius’s setup embrace Dieselmeken race injectors, a high-pressure stroker pump and a Baldur DSL1 piggyback ECU.

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Jonas’s compound turbo setup in his OM648-powered 1985 S123 is comparable, however makes use of Holset HX40 and HX60 turbos and engine administration from Black Smoke Racing.

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Each automobiles are pushing someplace round 570whp, and depend on Mercedes-Benz 722.6 computerized gearboxes fitted with OF Gear controllers. These standalone controllers sit instead of the 722.6’s manufacturing unit TCU, and permit Marius and Jonas to have full management over their transmissions with handbook shifting and the choice of paddles.

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Subsequent up, now we have one other diesel Mercedes-Benz. Below the pores and skin it’s a W203, however the exterior resembles a W204 C63 Black Collection. As soon as once more, it’s OM648 powered. This one’s been constructed up with {custom} solid pistons and H-beam rods, and race-spec cams and valve practice. ARP fasteners maintain all of it collectively.

The compound turbo setup incorporates a Holset HX40 and HX60, each custom-modified for elevated enhance manufacturing. The result’s a wild 700whp and 1,200Nm.

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Final however definitely not least is Why Not? Racing’s BMW E61 wagon.

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Are you stunned to see one other compound turbo setup on a diesel engine? I didn’t assume so… This time now we have a BorgWarner S200 VGT paired with a jumbo Holset HE551V.

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After I checked out the again of the wagon, I instantly considered Mad Max for some cause. The 28-litre-capacity cooling system incorporates a Volkswagen T5 radiator up high and BMW E61 radiator on the backside, plus a 12-row diesel gas cooler. There’s additionally a Davies Craig EWP150 electrical water pump in there someplace…

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Diesel-powered, compound-turbo-equipped drift machines are a Scandinavian staple, they usually’ve been a giant a part of Gatebil for a very long time. Bellowing white smoke from their tires and black smoke from their exhaust methods, they may not be probably the most environmentally-friendly autos, however they positive are enjoyable to take a look at it – whether or not drifting or – as we’ve seen on this submit – parked up within the paddock.

Alen Haseta
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