The engineering team at AMS Performance is hard at work on new AMS/ALPHA Performance bolt-in turbo upgrades for some new vehicle platforms.

These future platforms include:

Ford Focus RS 2.3L EcoBoost
Nissan R35 GT-R Alpha 9x
Porsche Macan Turbo & Turbo S
Porsche 991.1 Turbo & Turbo S
Porsche 991.2 Carrera
Porsche 991.2Turbo
Porsche Boxster
Porsche Cayman
VolkswagenGolf R Mk7

Typically when we design a turbo upgrade it consists of a whole new exhaust manifold, downpipe and other parts with a complete turbo replacement often referred to as a “turbo kit”. These new AMS & ALPHA Performance bolt-in turbos however are being designed to bolt directly into the factory exhaust manifold making an affordable solution for big horsepower. By keeping everything in the factory location our customers will not have to buy parts more than once as their existing intakes and downpipes (both factory or aftermarket) will bolt directly to these new turbo upgrades.

Since we are one of a select few Garrett Performance Distributors of course we are utilizing the best ball-bearing center sections in the catalog for our latest endeavor.

AMS/ALPHA bolt-in turbo upgrade

AMS/ALPHA bolt-in turbo upgrade featuring Garrett ball-bearing turbo center section

With this new development of bolt-in turbos, we are getting into multiple technical areas we have never had to explore. To overcome this, the engineering team is putting time into research and testing as usual. One of these areas is internal wastegate design.

To research and test, we created a wastegate test cell. It is being used to test wastegate materials, designs, clearances and part compliance. To test these, thermal cycling in the test cell was performed. Thermal cycling is important to test thermal stress and strain over the lifetime of the parts. The thermal cycling is performed from temperatures from 250 to 1,100+ degree Celsius.

AMS/ALPHA bolt-in turbo upgrade

Testing to temperatures over 1100 degrees Celcius

We are thermally testing the wastegate development parts for 200 hours under continual abuse. Not only are we testing the parts thermally, we actuated the wastegate door at 5hz. This actuation is being performed to test the design and part compliance. With this actuation rate, the wastegate opens and closes over 3 million times! This is much more abuse than it will ever see on the street or track. We engineer parts to perform and survive in the harshest of environments that the wastegate will see.

AMS/ALPHA bolt-in turbo upgrade

Red-hot wastegate flapper door

These new bolt-in turbocharger upgrades for the new Ford Focus RS and VW Golf R will follow the launch of our first round of parts we release which will include intakes, downpipes, exhaust systems and intercooler upgrades. We are excited to get back to our roots in the sport compact, hot hatch arena! Shortly after we will begin releasing other turbo upgrades for our ALPHA line-up including many new Porsche models. The 2016 Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa 4 and Targa 4S now come with a new, smaller 3.0-litre twin-turbo and we will be exploring turbo upgrades and other parts for those as well.

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