Superchargers and turbochargers, expensive as they are, are relatively simple in theory. They pull in outside air, compress it using turbine wheels and force the additional air into the combustion chamber, allowing the engine to burn fuel at a faster rate.
The guys over at YouTube channel The Hoonigans have been experimenting with different ways to mimic the effects of a supercharger or turbocharger by installing various homemade contraptions on their junkyard Pontiac Firebird – “Fireturd,” as they call it.
First the guys slapped some ‘twin turdos’ on the Firebird’s General Motors V8, which were DIY turbos made out of scrap metal and a pair of fans. That setup surprisingly made more power, so they returned with four ‘turdos’, which made more power once again. Then they concocted a homemade supercharger (called the ‘stuporcharger’) and put it to the test, which ended with the Fireturd blowing its manual transmission.
Now The Hoonigans are back with another experiment. There’s no funny name for this contraption, which consists of several air compressors and some plumbing, but it stands the best shot at actually working. Why you ask? Well, unlike the twin turdos and stuporcharger, we know air compressors are rather adept at, well, compressing air. Combined, they can inject 80 PSI of air pressure into the engine – way more than even a real turbocharger or supercharger.
Check out the video embedded above to see if this strangely modified Pontiac Firebird blows through the eighth-mile, or just blows up in general.
This probably isn’t the last we’ll see of The Hoonigans’ Fireturd, but after the twin turdos, stuporcharger and air compressors, they may be running out of ideas. We hope not, though – this video series is hysterical and actually fairly interesting.