September 19, 2011 Products

How Does an External Wastegate Work?

Turbosmart External Wastegates - GENV Range

What is An External Wastegate?

External wastegates are devices that control boost. They limit the exhaust gases that flow through the turbocharger. Therefore, control the maximum boost pressure produced by the turbocharger itself. External wastegates consist of:

  1. An inlet and outlet port.
  2. A valve and a pressure actuator.

How Does An External Wastegate Work?

Boost pressure controls a pressure actuator and determines if the wastegate is open or shut. The wastegate is shut in a rest position. Furthermore, force is applied to the actuator when boost pressure is built. When the boost pressure exceeds the spring value. The actuator progressively opens the wastegate. Therefore, it will bypass some of the exhaust gases, while boost pressure is maintained at the set level. Very simply, wastegates prevent the boost pressure from climbing. This is important as it could result in a blown engine.

When is An External Wastegate Needed?

Most factory turbo systems feature an external wastegate designed to handle stock boost levels. When should you invest in an external wastegate? Here is a list of reasons why you would:

  1. Fitting an aftermarket turbo.
  2. Better control of the boost.
  3. Consequently, the power output of your engine.

Most large frame turbochargers are not equipped with an internal wastegate system, and engine’s that produce more than 400hp should upgrade to an external wastegate. Since a factory, internal wastegate actuator spring could become overpowered by the significant boost, limiting the maximum boost level that could be achieved.

Aftermarket external wastegates feature:

  • A Large inlet and outlet port.
  • High-pressure spring.
  • A Large actuator diaphragm, with a purpose to effectively control high boost pressure.

What’s So Special About Turbosmart Wastegates?

Turbosmart designed external wastegates are unique because they:

  1. Offer a superior flow path.
  2. Wastegates are high-temperature resistant.
  3. Engineered to outperform and outlast the competition.

Turbosmart external wastegates are used on many different model race cars, boats and planes around the world. Furthermore, a large number of World Champions use and recommend the Turbosmart external wastegate range.

Here is a handy self-help guide to helping you with your Turbosmart install and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get here. Turbosmart recommends that you get your products fitted and tuned by a qualified technician. If you choose to fit and set the product up yourself, ensure you have all the necessary tools and technical knowledge required to perform this task.

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The last few years have been a little crazy for everyone, and we’re not immune - but we have managed to expand our product range as well as our manufacturing and distribution footprint. We’ve continued to innovate and keep our team and their families safe in uncertain times.

Turbosmart products are all manufactured in-house in our Sydney, Australia Head Office. We’ve been able to support our customers throughout these challenging times seamlessly. Despite the challenges of distance, we always continued to keep the demands and expectations of our customers our top priority, making sure our solutions are in stock & well supported where & when our customers need them!
Nic Cooper Ceo & Founder
Nic Cooper
CEO & Founder

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From our humble beginnings to establishing ourselves as a global brand. Turbosmart is well on track to lead the future in turbo technology.

Our engineers, build and track test all products in-house. Therefore, we ensure we’re continuously producing the highest quality blow-off valves, wastegates, boost controllers, gauges, pressure regulators, and hoses. For this reason, our products are designed to be used on both track and street applications.

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