Turbo v Supercharged v ITB: DRAG RACE

Thanks to BBR for providing us their cars and trucks:

What's the best method to tune a Mk3? Well, we've got three different options joining us to learn!

Together with the stock Mk3, we have actually got our hands on one with a turbocharger, one with a supercharger, and one with individual throttle bodies!

So let's see how these cars compare. Beginning with the stock , it's loading a 2-litre naturally-aspirated 4 cylinder that can produce 160hp and 188Nm of torque. It ideas the scales at 1,100 kg.

Along with it, we have the Mk3 with private throttle bodies. As a result, this cars and truck is now real estate a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder, and it likewise includes a couple of other mods including brand-new camshafts and a substantial rear wing. As an outcome, this vehicle can now put down 239hp and 285Nm, and it still weighs the like the stock automobile, at 1,100 kg.

Then we have the turbo and supercharged vehicles. They both include the same 2-litre NA 4 cylinder, weighing 1,100 kg. However, while the supercharged cars and truck can produce 248hp and 289Nm, the turbocharged Mk3 can produce 262hp and 306Nm.

So will the most effective take it? There's only one way to discover … LET'S RACE!

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60 responses to “Turbo v Supercharged v ITB: DRAG RACE”

  1. carwow Avatar

    Turbo v Supercharged v ITB: Which would you choose? VOTE below!

    1. carwow Avatar

      VOTE: Turbo!

    2. carwow Avatar

      VOTE: Supercharged!

    3. carwow Avatar

      VOTE: ITB!

    4. Rohan Agarwal Avatar
      Rohan Agarwal


    5. SamTV YT Avatar
      SamTV YT


  2. all-around player Avatar
    all-around player

    This is a lovely video idea testing turbos/Superchargers of which makes more power/sense to put on

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      True. What about a battle between Shioriko Mifune’s Mazda 787B (Rotary Turbo) against the GT90 (Supercharged).

    2. J W Avatar
      J W

      yeh agreed, a big reminder of power curves and delivery…. saying a hp number isnt the whole story

    3. sigma male Avatar
      sigma male

      @Purwanti Allan bro there’s like 1 787b in the world… idk how theyd get it here for a drag race

  3. Jamil Khan Avatar
    Jamil Khan

    Love this race, I’ve always wanted to get an mx5 and put some engine mods on it

    1. Lennart Schmidt Avatar
      Lennart Schmidt

      It is a Great Car i owned a Mark 2 and sold it only for my Kids to get a Family Car.

  4. Tyanai Chigovera Avatar
    Tyanai Chigovera

    Kudos to Matt as I think this is the most informative in regards to what package for tuning in regards to the engine.

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan


  5. ๐€๐ณ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž // ๐‡๐š๐ง๐ง๐š๐ก Avatar
    ๐€๐ณ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž // ๐‡๐š๐ง๐ง๐š๐ก

    Everyone is definitely loving the new genius ideas or trends carwow is doing, it’s so nice and admirable to see another Mazda in this channel, please more of these Mat!

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Carwow just keeps on getting better.

    2. Sandile Avatar

      not everyone, speak for yourself. iโ€™m personally getting sick and tired of these unnecessary tuned drag races๐Ÿ˜’

    3. Samuel Garrod Avatar
      Samuel Garrod

      โ€‹โ€‹@SandileI don’t care either way but considering how few cars on the road actually get modified there’s definitely too much YT content on the subject.

  6. gtbr24 Avatar

    The “Hello Nick” and “Hello Mat” were hilarious ๐Ÿ˜†

    1. Andre Mendes Reis Avatar
      Andre Mendes Reis

      The breaking test was the best one ehehhe!

    2. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Hello Nick is always savage.๐Ÿ˜‚

    3. Nouman Zahid Avatar
      Nouman Zahid

      Karma says hello matt

  7. Owen Simpson Avatar
    Owen Simpson

    Nick is such a likeable dude. He’s just happy to be there. Love seeing him on the drag races

    1. sledger2003 Avatar

      Nick absolutely knows how to enjoy it for what it is .. Sam is great as well.

    2. jimmy mcgoo Avatar
      jimmy mcgoo

      Can’t chuffing stand him.

  8. PatrickRiccardo Avatar

    For last race I’d guess the gearing is probably the reason for supercharged not beating it (6th vs 5th gear). Too bad we don’t see the RPM

    1. II_DYNASTY {WR} Avatar

      I think it’s the driver. I think the turbo car is faster overall, but its being held back by bad launching as it wins everything but the first two races.

    2. bananowy Avatar

      @II_DYNASTY {WR} Your comment has zero to do with what the OP said. He said nothing about the turbo car, he was only talking about the last race where driver was a non-factor and he is 100% right that the ITB car was faster than the supercharged car in top gear because of the different gearboxes.

    3. Bally46 Avatar

      I think the last race was also cos the ITB was a 2.5L so makes more power while nobody has boost

    4. V. S. Avatar
      V. S.

      This mazda had a centrifugal supercharger. This type of supercharger doesen’t make much power at low rpms, whilest turbos also have bad really low end torqe but but at around 2-3k rpm most turbos start building boost and reach full boost at around 3k rpm which gives them really good mid range torque whilest the centrifugal supercharger reaches peak boost only just before the rev limit.

    5. bananowy Avatar

      @Bally46 It does make some power at low rpm where the others are not on boost, true. But the point is they would be comfortably on boost if they had the 5-speed gearbox like the ITB car. They mentioned the 6-speed cars were at 1800 rpm at 50 mph. The 5-speed would be above 2500 rpm (I have one). If they were all 6-speed then maaaybe the ITB would still very slightly edge the sc. If they were all 5-speed, the sc would leave it the dust like in the 2 previous races. The turbo wins every roll race hands down, no change here.

  9. stuart smith Avatar
    stuart smith

    Thank you BBR for many decades of helping out car enthusiasts ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      BBR knows how to deliver all the goods.

    2. CJGM Avatar

      So tempted to take my ND there

    3. Dodgy Wheels and Ropey Wiring Avatar
      Dodgy Wheels and Ropey Wiring

      @CJGM Treat yourself, put an even bigger smile on your face. You only live once.

  10. Mindaugas Bernataviฤius Avatar
    Mindaugas Bernataviฤius

    What an awesome team carwow has – all the guys just seem to have a lot of fun and also do a fantastic job presenting and racing at the same time.

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Definitely. It has double the fun.

  11. Michael De Kock Avatar
    Michael De Kock

    That was a great back and forth between Mat and Nick. Especially the ‘Hello Mat!” at the end.

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan


    2. Pumousky Avatar

      The hello Matt at the end was funny as hell ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

  12. Shushu Avatar

    The “hello Mat” at the brake test got me good ๐Ÿคฃ

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      He did say hello mat 5times in a row ๐Ÿ˜‚

    2. Ahmed Saad Avatar
      Ahmed Saad


    3. Kurt Wheller Avatar
      Kurt Wheller

      ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I was gonna say the same

    4. JuSTsOmEoNe Avatar

      โ€‹@Purwanti AllanYeah but he was loosing in other ones and won in the last one thats why it was hilarious๐Ÿ˜‚

    5. Adam Sytsma Avatar
      Adam Sytsma

      Nick should have pulled out some binoculars as his secret weapon on keeping up. Thr stock cat did ratner well imo.

  13. 200gmann Avatar

    Would’ve been good to see Sam swap into the turbo car for one of the drag races. With a better launch I think the turbo may be a lot closer to the supercharged

  14. Everyday Cars Avatar
    Everyday Cars

    I loved the “Hi Matt” at the end from Nick. Made me chuckle since he finally won at something with the stock car.

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Always iconic.

  15. Ivan Galdamez Avatar
    Ivan Galdamez

    I can’t stop laughing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Matt treats Nick like his lame little brother ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ just raining on his parade at every chance ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. I love how Nick is too happy to care โค๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Me too never stop laughing cuz of this.

    2. commantros exetlos Avatar
      commantros exetlos

      He has a character that needs fixing but ok

  16. Migs Avatar

    Loving all the mazda’s lately. Would love to see a 2010’s hot hatch drag, feat the likes of Mazda 3 MPS, Ford Focus ST, Mk 6 GTI etc…

  17. Panaceias รšberes Avatar
    Panaceias รšberes

    11:38 This shot angle is just mesmerizing, with the cars getting in and out of shot

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Yep. It is also epic

  18. edmurth Avatar

    The โ€œhello Mattโ€ at the end was the definition of comedy timing ๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Coco Hayashi also says “Hello Mat” like 5 times.

  19. ChannelTV Avatar

    From a spectators point of view the last drag race has to be the funniest to watch๐Ÿ˜‚ specially if you wasnโ€™t knowing whatโ€™s going on. All tuning methods are great

  20. gobee Avatar

    Hello Nick!

    Also this goes to show what I’ve tried to explain for years. Big brakes DO NOT mean you will stop faster, as it’s a limitation of the tyre. While yes they probably do provide extra stopping power, the tyres can’t cope. Big brakes mainly just dissipate heat much better and will stop like this over and over, while stock would struggle with repeated stops.

    1. Crocknyld Crock Avatar
      Crocknyld Crock

      You can see that Matt was the only one who did not use engine braking (downshifting) to help with slowing down. All the other three used the shifter to help with the braking.

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