For normal driving, the Surbo already makes a difference, and its max power (with the engine working at full throttle) is shown in the Dynamometer Test Results.
The Surbo, which has no moving parts, is made of pointed fins curled to one side, and is fitted with the sharp points towards the throttle. To activate the Surbo, follow steps 1 to 3 below.
1. As the vehicle is accelerated to above 2000 rpm, the air flows straight past the fins, as it is easier to flow straight, since the absolute pressure straight ahead is lower compared to under the pointed fins.
2. For up to one second, the throttle is closed slightly, making a backward air pressure towards the Surbo, and when this back pressure is high enough it makes the air go under the fins towards the pointed ends, and the air is emitted as crossed jets, which match or even raise the back pressure. The cross jets create a vortex within the Surbo to draw air in more strongly. Since there is a momentary high pressure between the Surbo and the engine, the engine's speed is still increasing. The exhaust system is then filled with higher pressure gases and ready to blast. The engine is now set to accelerate much faster than before.
3. The accelerator is pressed again slightly, and the throttle sends the higher pressure air into the engine for quicker acceleration. Since the throttle is still half closed, the region after the Surbo is at a higher pressure than outside air, so the incoming air is forced to go under the fins towards the pointed ends, and the jets and vortex are prolonged throughout the acceleration. For turbocharged vehicles, step 3 may not be necessary as the denser exhaust gases may have already turned the turbocharger on.
The result is that the engine reaches the rpm red line with just 1/2 throttle! This is easily done for manual vehicles as the gears can be held. For automatic vehicles, even in D mode, instead of normally switching gears at 3000 rpm, the engine can reach between 4500 to 6000 rpm with half pressure on the accelerator, depending on the gearbox program.
To extend rpm, steps 2 and 3 can be repeated with small movements on the accelerator, to keep increasing the back pressure towards the Surbo to make it jet harder. It's quite fun to feel the vibration on the accelerator due to increased air flowing through the small throttle opening, and the push in your back, with little accelerator pressure! You can play catch-the-Surbo throughout your drive!
By the above, the Surbo can generate its maximum air pressure, and take over more of the work of the engine. This increases throttle sensitivity, saves fuel and cuts emissions, because only 1/2 throttle is required for the engine to reach its rpm limit. Even for relaxed driving, this method can be applied, whenever there is one second to spare, such as having to follow other vehicles, or when cruising. When cornering, because the accelerator is eased off, the Surbo may be automatically activated and helps the engine power through the bend, and even sharpens the turn-in for front-drive vehicles.
10% fuel saving with mixed driving and more on highways
Faster acceleration, especially from standstill for automatic cars
Higher top speed, which means easier cruising
Higher RPM capability, rev limit possible with just 1/2 throttle!
Instant automatic gear kickdown
Safer, more confident overtaking
Better hill climbing power
Less diesel smoke, even with more speed
Reduced CO2 emissions from vehicles
Money saved, more than from fuel savings
Transferability. Use your Surbo on your next car
Lifetime warranty on both the Surbo and installation
What is Surbo?
The Twin Surbo, 2 Surbos in series for even more low rpm torque
Surbo versus other engine accessories and parts
When the Surbo is most useful
Dynamometer Test Results
How Surbo increases engine compression at low rpm and prevents excessive compression at high rpm
How Surbo increases engine efficiency
How Surbo prevents harmful engine knocking
How Surbo may help your engine so it can last longer
FAQ: Frequently asked questions
How Surbo works for diesel engines
How Surbo's increased air density enhances diesel technology, and raises peak RPM
Diagram: Surbo's effect on the whole vehicle
Diagram: Surbo on petrol turbocharged engines
Diagram: Surbo on diesel engines
Diagram: Surbo on turbo diesel engines
Some vehicles recommended for Surbo
Automatic cars fitted with Surbo
Manual cars fitted with Surbo
Surbo5 for larger engines
Petrol turbo cars fitted with Surbo
Petrol CVT cars fitted with Surbo
Petrol hybrid cars fitted with Surbo
Petrol supercharged cars fitted with Surbo
Natural gas car fitted with Surbo
Diesel and turbodiesel vehicles fitted with Surbo
Motorcycles fitted with Surbo
Photos of Surbos installed in various cars
Why choose Surbo?
Surbo will pass vehicle inspections due to lower emissions
30 day money back guarantee
What happens during the Surbo installation
List of Surbo dealers by country
Buy Surbo online with installation guide, if there's no dealer near you
Join us as dealer for your area
Surbo on racing gokart
Surbo on Honda Civic (runner up in Singapore race)
Surbo wins India race
History of the Surbo company
How the Surbo came to be
Aftersales service and advice, on accessories or compatible vehicles
User guide for Surbo
Automotive engineering and other applications of Surbo