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WATCH: The Science of How a Formula 1 Turbocharger Works

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FIONA MACDONALD
19 MAY 2016
 

If you're a Formula 1 fan, you might have heard a lot in recent years about how turbochargers can give cars an extra boost - in some cases up to 400 percent - simply by recycling exhaust fumes. In fact, the devices are so powerful that they're now being regulated in the racing world. 

But how does turbocharging work from a scientific point of view? In the latest episode of this new series, extreme engineer Jimmy de Ville and science presenter Greg Foot go inside a turbocharger and illustrate exactly how it works with the help of a really big fire hose.

Hopefully we don't have to say this, but DON'T try this at home.

This story was sponsored by Honda Racing F1.

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