2009 Nissan GT-R: And That's Why Forced Induction is Cool, Son
April 28, 2009
Explaining forced induction to a youngster is like explaining the joy of motorcycling to your wife. Words don't work. You need first-person experience.
So after explaining supercharger/turbocharger boost to my 10-year-old son a couple weeks ago (with minimal success) I decided it was time for a first-person experience. Strapped into our Nissan GT-R's passenger seat I dialed up the custom LCD screen that displayed brake and throttle application, plus boost level, speed and G-force tracking.
After a short reminder of what the boost gauge was tracking ("This is the amount of air pressure being pushed into the combustion chamber.") I told my young Padawan to watch the throttle position and boost gauges. "You'll see the throttle gauge suddenly go from zero to 100 percent, and then you'll see the boost gauge follow. You'll also notice a change in the GT-R's forward momentum."
Like I said, talking about forced induction is one thing. Seeing it visually displayed on a gauge while simultaneously feeling it throughout your body is something else.
I'm happy to report that when it comes to understanding the benefits of forced induction my son definitely "gets it." And unlike the wife's opinion of motorcycling, he's not terrified by it.
Next on the lesson plan: Why lateral G-forces are cool.
Thank you, Nissan, for the helpful visual aids
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 19,223 miles