Naturally Aspirated Vs. Forced Induction

Naturally Aspirated Vs. Forced Induction

So you want to add more power to your car?

In the matter of staying naturally aspirated vs. moving to forced induction, there's a lot to keep in mind. For the sake of this article, I will keep it simplified to a naturally aspirated V8 vs. a turbocharged straight-6. To put perspective into what that means for engines, the best comparison would probably be Chevy's LS series V8s against Toyota's 2JZ-GTE, which is a twin-turbo straight-6 engine, and a personal favorite of mine. Before we get into comparisons, you should understand what it means for an engine to be naturally aspirated or when in engine is forced induction.

Background info:

Naturally aspirated (N/A): Naturally aspirated means that the engine gets its air intake from a regular intake system, meaning it breathes on its own, not needing external power to feed air into it., in their article of "Naturally Aspirated vs. Forced Induction Part 1: Naturally Aspirated Fox Body Motors," describes an engine as one large air pump, where the more air goes in, the more fuel can get mixed with it. And when giving that air/fuel mixture a spark, it combusts and the engine turns. This is the regular way an engine works.

Forced Induction (F/I): Forced Induction means that the engine gets its air intake from a supercharger, or in this case a turbocharger, which forces a lot more air into the engine. This leads to quicker combustion cycles which leads to quicker time to reach peak horsepower and torque.

Reasons to choose N/A:

Balanced Power Curves: An N/A motor will have linear horsepower and torque curves, which means smooth power delivery. This means that power delivery will be predictable for the driver to anticipate.

Reasons Not to choose N/A:

Fuel Consumption: Being a bigger engine, it takes more fuel to run it. That means more stops at the gas station and more craters in your bank account.

Reasons to choose F/I:

Crazy Fast Power: Being able to force air in, making faster combustion cycles, the power delivery is much faster than a naturally aspirated car when on boost. As soon as the compressor turbine is up to boost, the engine jumps in rpms. Not only does that mean more horsepower, but turbos add a lot more torque.

Turbo Flutter/BOV Noise: The noise that comes from a turbo after releasing the throttle is so intoxicating, as you can see below.

Fuel Efficiency: Compared to a big V8, a turbo V6 is going to drink less fuel because of the fact that it's a smaller engine.

Reasons not to choose F/I:

Turbo Lag: When full throttle at low rpm, an F/I motor will take a bit longer to deliver full power because it needs air to turn the turbo. Before the turbo spools up and makes boost, it is slower than an N/A motor, being restricted of air.

More Plumbing/Maintenance: Driving with a turbo, especially if you like to drive hard often, you have to make sure to keep your engine cool and prepared for the quick power. Turbos will blow your engine if not properly prepared.

Quick Power Delivery: Though this is also listed as an advantage, the quick power delivery is hard to prepare for if not prepared. The driver can lose control and spin out if not ready.

Choosing which one is right for you is really up to what you're looking for. N/A motors can be an advantage for cornering and smooth power delivery, and F/I motors are at an advantage for acceleration and fuel efficiency. Therefore, depending on what you need the most, you should plan accordingly, but as always, the choice is yours.

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10 Reasons Your Big Sister Is The Best Person In Your Life

"There is no better friend than a sister, and there is no better sister than you."

As much as I hate to admit it, my big sister might be sort-of, slightly, cooler than I am.

Sometimes. She's the one I call when I can't call mom and the only one in the family who can properly handle my attitude. Big sisters are the people you'd choose if they weren't already family, and here's why.

1. She is your first and truest friend.

Big sisters are (literally) there from day one. They see every dirty diaper, every bad haircut, and every melodramatic breakup. They deal with every bad day and drama queen attitude and still love you in the most unconditional way.

2. Her closet is your closet.

For some reason, her clothes always look better on you. Funny how that works, huh? With a big sister comes a big closet, and who doesn't love having a double wardrobe? I'd also like to take this opportunity to apologize for the clothes I will never give back (but I'm not really that sorry).

3. She knows what it's like to deal with your parents.

Anything you could possibly be going through, they went through it first. It's kind of like having an instruction manual or a key to the future. Either way, it's always nice to have someone who will always understand the struggle.

4. There are no boundaries.

Wanna dance around in your underwear all day? Cool. Life talks while she's on the toilet? Also cool. There's no awkward moments or changing in the bathroom with the door locked. There's just the kind of freedom that only comes with siblings.

5. Thanks to her, you know about all of the cool movies/music/fashion trends from years back.

Thanks to my sister, I have every Too $hort and Ludacris song you could ever think of downloaded on my phone. I've seen every cheesy '90s movie, and when a fad from 10 years ago comes back in, I already have the hookup.

6. She tells you like it is.

We all have those friends who tend to sugarcoat everything. Yeah, sisters don't do that. She's the first person to tell me when I'm making a terrible decision and that I really shouldn't triple text that boy again. She keeps it real with me and deals with my attitude, and that's why she's the best.

7. Her home is always open.

Sometimes you just need to get away from life and binge watch Netflix, and sometimes you need all of that plus your sister. She always has her door open when you're two seconds away from losing your mind, and she also has good takeout and a dog.

8. She knows what you're capable of.

My sister knows exactly who I am and what I can do. She knows when I'm not doing my best, and when I need to be set straight. She's always there to remind me who I am and what I'm capable of accomplishing. She's always been my biggest fan.

9. She's a lot cheaper than therapy.

For some reason, my sister always knows just what to say. Even if I don't see it at the time, she's usually right (don't tell her I said that). Big sisters are like wizards, somehow they always magically make you feel like life's gonna turn out alright in the end. If she wasn't already awesome at everything else, I'd suggest she be a therapist.

10. She will always be your go-to gal.

No matter the situation, she will always be by your side. There is nothing you could say or do to make a big sister leave, and that's why they're the best. Whether it's a speeding ticket, a mean girl or you just need to laugh, big sisters are always going to be there to lift your spirits and set you straight.

I couldn't make it without ya sis, I'm sorry for ratting you out on Thanksgiving that one time, and for running away at the zoo. Thanks for taking me to see Aaron Carter even though he's way too old to still be singing "I want Candy," and thank you always for being the best role model, sister and friend I could ask for.

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Ronaldinho: A Gift From The Soccer Gods

It was always exciting to see him wearing that iconic number 10 on his back.


Watching soccer over the years, I think as fans we have been fortunate to see transcendent talents like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. As great as they are, I don't know if I could ever say they were my favorite players to follow all the time. Its kind of like both Messi and Ronaldo have become the generic response for anyone who briefly talks about soccer because of their reputation and popularity. Similar to how Michael Jordan is well known in basketball or Tiger Woods is thought of in golf. The player I always admired to watch growing up was definitely the magnificent talent that was Ronaldinho.

Growing up seeing someone like Ronaldinho play soccer was out of this world. He had skill moves that would make your jaw drop. Just the way he'd be able to move the ball and place it in areas unreal to the naked eye was pure entertainment. Ronaldinho had balance, elegance, and swagger every time he stepped onto the field. He is one of only seven players to have ever won a FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League title and a Ballon d'Or award. Honestly, it has not been the same since he left the beautiful game back in 2015. Sure, he wasn't the greatest player to ever live or the most prestigious, but I would say Ronaldinho was certainly iconic.

He was a spectacle for the soccer world and I don't think there will be any other player quite like him to be on a pitch ever again. Brazil has been able to produce legends over the years like Pele, Kaka, and Ronaldo. Ronaldinho is definitely one of the athletes on my bucket list to meet someday. His legacy will forever be cemented as one of the greats in my book.

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