BorgWarner S480SX aka 11087 80mm S400SX (179180)
The 80.30mm S400SX3 is BorgWarner’s answer to offering exceptionally high value and ultra high performance turbos to the sport compact market. Using a 7-blade Extended Tip compressor wheel w/ 80.30mm inducer and 109.73mm exducer, this turbocharger is often called “S480” and is ideal for people who require more airflow than the S400SX 76mm can deliver, but on the 87.37mm turbine wheel. Recommended for use in high power and high boost 750-1250+ whp applications.
The S400SX turbos share identical fitment as GT42R on T4 Divided turbine flange. Available with a 1.10 A/R turbine housing OR upgradeable to a 1.25 A/R for extremely high boost operations and if extra exhaust flow is required. Full-Race strongly recommends using an upgraded transmission! Journal Bearing and Oil Cooled only (Watercooling and BB CHRA not applicable).
- Compressor Type: Forged-Milled Wheel (FMW) Extended Tip
- Compressor Wheel OD (exducer): 109.73mm
- Compressor Wheel Inducer: 80.30mm
- Max Flow Rate: 123 lb/min
- Compressor Housing Connections:
- Inlet: 5.5″ Hose Coupler
- Outlet: 3″ Hose Coupler
- Turbine Type: Inconel S400SX Turbine Wheel
- Turbine Wheel OD: 87.37mm
- Housing Material: D5S sandcast
- Housing Size and A/R ratio: S400SX 11087 (S480) is available in four (4) different turbine housing configurations:
- 0.90 A/R T4 Single Scroll
- 1.00 A/R T4 Twin Scroll
- 1.10 A/R T4 Twin Scroll
- 1.25 A/R T4 Twin Scroll (Recommended for 30+psi Boost Levels)
About Twin Scroll: Twin Scroll turbo system design addresses many of the shortcomings of single scroll turbo systems by separating those cylinders whose exhaust gas pulses interfere with each other. Similar in concept to pairing cylinders on race headers for N/A engines, twin-scroll design pairs cylinders to one side of the turbine inlet so that the kinetic energy from the exhaust gases is recovered more efficiently by the turbine. For example, if a four-cylinder engine’s firing sequence is 1-3-4-2, cylinder 1 is ending its expansion stroke and opening its exhaust valves while cylinder 2 still has its exhaust valves open (while in its overlap period, where both the intake and exhaust valves are partially open at the same time). In a single scroll AKA undivided manifold, the exhaust gas pressure pulse from cylinder 1 is therefore going to interfere with cylinder 2’s ability to expel its exhaust gases, rather than delivering it undisturbed to the turbo’s turbine the way a twin scroll system allows.
The result of the superior scavenging effect from a twin scroll design is better pressure distribution in the exhaust ports and more efficient delivery of exhaust gas energy to the turbocharger’s turbine. This in turn allows greater valve overlap, resulting in an improved quality and quantity of the air charge entering each cylinder. In fact, with more valve overlap, the scavenging effect of the exhaust flow can literally draw more air in on the intake side while drawing out the last of the low-pressure exhaust gases, helping pack each cylinder with a denser and purer air charge. As we all know, a denser and purer air charge means stronger combustion and more power… but the benefits of twin scroll design don’t end there. With its greater volumetric efficiency and stronger scavenging effect, higher ignition delay can be used, which helps keep peak combustion temperature in the cylinders down. Since cooler cylinder temperatures and lower exhaust gas temperatures allows for a leaner air/fuel ratio, twin scroll turbo design has been shown to increase turbine efficiency by 7-8 percent (faster spool, quicker response) and result in fuel efficiency improvements as high as 5 percent. It is wise to size the turbine housing A/R larger than the single scroll turbine A/R typically used!