Buying a turbocharger for Motorsport from Owens
Turbochargers specifically designed for track days, track events and all forms of motorsport - these turbos are seen as the ultimate in quality and performance. If you are using your car on a track day or particularly a motorsport racing event, you will need, without doubt, a turbo that will give you the ultimate in performance, efficiency and reliability, without question.
It is a known fact that taking your road car out on a track day is fun and a fairly common activity, but most people do not realize what they are putting the car through during the day and typically will do more laps of the track than a race car would do at an event – this is why we include track day use in with full motorsport applications.
These specially designed turbochargers are built using the highest quality component part materials, technology and wheel design aerodynamics and have acutely refined tolerances and balancing. Here at Owens we build many pure motorsport, race and track turbos that are very highly modified to suit the particular application and are extremely reliable under racing conditions. All customers are advised in this instance to discuss their requirements and their race set up well in advance with us. We need to ensure that the end result is a perfect match for the vehicle and meets all the expectations of the customer.
These turbochargers take considerably more man hours involved to build, as well as using the highest quality materials, so the turbos do come at a premium price, although not as high as you might think. When you receive your turbo from us and can see for yourself what is involved and the care and attention given to every aspect of the build, we have no doubts that you will be delighted, which our 30 years in the business has proven.
It is a false economy to purchase anything less than a motorsport level turbo if your use is motorsport based. You will not get the performance or the durability and you risk severe damage to the engine – this could be an extremely expensive and soul destroying mistake to make, but unfortunately a very common one. As the chosen turbo supplier to the British Touring Car Championship and F2, we have vast knowledge and ability in the racing field and our service to all our customers includes the same level of expertise and care.
Click here for our online catalogue so you can browse our range of turbos.
Remanufacturing and Servicing Motorsport Turbochargers
Turbochargers built specifically for motorsport events will require regular attention as reliability is of major concern in view of the expense concerned and the importance of the completing the events you have entered.
There are no set rules concerning how long a turbo should last without a re-build or thorough inspection, as this will depend on the condition of the engine, the level of its tune (ie power output) and of course the nature and stresses of the competition you are running in. However as a bench mark, we recommend an inspection and a re-fresh at least twice a season and without exception, every time an engine re-build has taken place.
This is a service that is extremely popular and therefore we hold full stock lines and employ specific staff to ensure we have everything we need to turn a motorsport turbos around quickly. We know the problems and time restrictions involved and that the date of the event is the date of the event - it can't be changed, therefore we do try to make every effort to help in these circumstances.
Having said that, it is still important that you try to give us as much time as possible as the available time slots for this service generally get booked up very quickly, especially through the active season. Also, turbo's being sent in from Europe and further afield, must allow a couple of extra days either side of the re-build just for the shipping.
Please contact us on 0044 (0)1865 821062 or email us for time slots, pricing and should you send your turbo in, please ensure that you notify us that it is coming and enclose all your contact details in with the turbo. We do receive turbos from customers and there is no information with it at all - obviously we can't do anything until we find out who it belongs to and what they want to be done with it! Lastly, please ensure that you pack your turbo well enough to withstand the couriers. We do receive customers turbos that are virtually hanging out of the box and are damaged upon arrival. Please make every effort to make your turbo travels safely.
Turbos Developed for Controlled Race Series
We have the ability and experience to offer the service of designing/choosing suitable turbocharger specifications for individual race series. Building the turbocharger, manufacturing the air restrictor if needed, carrying out service/rebuilds throughout the season, also inpection of these turbos in line with the homologated rules of the series, in order to prevent non-conformance.
By choosing Owen Developments as your controlled turbo and wastegate supplier to the series, we can support you with technical help and back-up throughout the year as well as being able to react to any problems or rule changes that may occur during the season - this could be in the way of component or design re-work as necessary.
Some examples of whom we currently carry out this service for are BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) and we are the contracted sole turbo supplier to the entire grid of cars, with the TOCA controlled turbocharger, since the start of 2011 season and is set to continue until the end of 2015.
BTCC Spec Turbo
We have also been the controlled turbo and wastegate supplier to the entire FIA Formula 2 single seater race car series, working alongside the world renowned engine builders Mountune from 2009.