It appear unreasonable, but the drive on present cars are getting smaller and smaller, while making more and more power, and the “secret” is turbochargers. European sports cars like the Audi S4 & S5, BMW M3, Maserati Quattroporte and numberless others have restore their booming naturally-aspirated V8’s with compact  turbocharged V6’s, but it may surprise you that the unpresuming Ford F-150 did it in begining.

The first factory-turbocharged cars were 1960’s eccentric like the Chevy Corvair and Oldsmobile Jetfire, but the technology became more commonplace on sports cars from the 1980s, usually accompanied with exciting TURBO graphics and a healthy serving of lag. Early turbocharged engines had to use a relatively low compression ratio to be prepared for the pressurized intake air; otherwise, pressure inside the cylinders could get too high and start making stuff blow up. This meant that they were VERY slow at low RPM and couldn’t make much power until higher RPMs, when the turbo was spinning enough to create boost, but that’s not very practical if you’re just driving to the grocery store and don’t necessarily want to stay on the throttle until 6000 RPM.

In the 1990s, the Mk4 Toyota Supra and FD Mazda RX-7 used back-to-back turbochargers to combat turbo lag. These vehicles had two turbochargers; one small one that spooled quickly to reduce lag, and a second much larger one to make a lot more boost at higher RPM and get the headline-grabbing power numbers. Some diesel trucks use compound turbocharging, which is similar to successional, except the smaller turbo feeds directly into the larger one to get that one spooled up even faster. But the technology that pretty much killed the concept of turbo lag was direct fuel injection.

About a decade after the first Eco Boost vehicles were released, smaller turbocharged engines are the standard today. The F-150 can now be had with an even small-scale 2.7L V6, and its eternal competitor, the Chevy Silverado, offers a 2.7L four-cylinder that makes similar power. GMHonda and pretty much every European brand have mostly turbocharged their entire lineups. Even Ferrari and McLaren have released new supercars that use a twin-turbo V6 instead of the V8 they used to have. But because these are normal cars doing normal things, they are seeing more use and mileage than older turbocharged cars, and just like an alternator or AC compressor or steering rack, turbos can wear out at high miles too. As part of our mission to make it easy to buy auto parts, we have put together this guide on how to find the correct replacement Ford or Lincoln Eco Boost turbocharger. Please find your engine and vehicle application on Mainland Auto Parts and follow the link to a guaranteed exact fit replacement turbo!