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Specialising in customising and repairing turbos for all types of automotive vehicles

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Commercial & HGV Turbos

Reliability is of paramount importance when it comes to commercial vehicles, and at Universal Turbos, we appreciate that any type of breakdown can cause significant delays and problems. As an essential engine component, it is crucial that your turbocharger is dependable and performing optimally at all times.

Universal Turbos team has experience in providing high-quality repairs, replacements and servicing for commercial & HGV turbos. From vans and lorries to all types of haulage vehicles, if you’re having trouble with your turbocharger, Universal Turbos are here to help.
 

Car

Turbochargers are popular in the automotive industry. In cars, they can significantly improve performance without increasing engine size. This makes car turbos ideal for modern engines, which seek to balance power and fuel efficiency. Turbochargers also help in reducing emissions as they encourage a cleaner burn and more complete combustion. 

Universal Turbos team of turbo specialists can inspect & diagnose problems with your car turbo, liaising with repairers to rectify any issues, ensuring many miles of trouble-free motoring.
 

Light Van & Commercial

For light and commercial vans, which often carry heavy loads or are used for deliveries, a turbocharger can significantly improve the driving experience. It provides the necessary power boost for accelerating quickly, maintaining higher speeds on motorways, and climbing hills without putting excessive strain on the engine. This can lead to reduced wear and tear on the engine and better overall vehicle longevity.


Additionally, turbocharged vans tend to have lower emissions compared to naturally aspirated engines of similar power, helping meet stricter environmental regulations. Modern turbochargers are also designed to minimise turbo lag, the delay between pressing the accelerator and feeling the turbocharger's boost, ensuring a smoother and more responsive driving experience.


Universal Turbos team of turbo specialists understands the need to limit downtime on working vehicles, we offer an off-the-shelf service exchange option for a majority of current light van & commercial vehicles, we can also offer a repair service which will include an inspection & report failure analysis to ensure that any engine faults are advised & dealt with and limit off the road timeframes.

HGV

Heavy Goods Vehicles, such as large trucks and lorries, heavily rely on turbochargers to enhance their performance and efficiency. These turbochargers are crucial for providing the necessary power and torque required to move heavy loads over long distances and challenging terrains.


Durability and reliability are key considerations for HGV turbochargers, given the demanding conditions these vehicles often operate under. They are built to withstand high temperatures and pressures, ensuring consistent performance over long periods and extensive mileage. Advances in turbocharger technology, such as variable geometry turbochargers (VGTs), have further enhanced the performance and responsiveness of HGV engines, reducing turbo lag and improving fuel efficiency.


Universal Turbos team of turbo specialists are equipped to deal with HGV turbos, we have the latest electronic actuator test equipment for diagnosing & repairing VGT turbos. Failure analysis also plays an important part of our repair service, identifying the cause, and enabling us to liaise with repairers to understand and facilitate remedial works as required, keeping downtime to a minimum.

Motorcycle

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, several manufacturers began experimenting with turbocharged motorcycles, driven by the desire to boost performance and keep pace with advancements in automotive engineering.

The history of motorcycle turbochargers is one of innovation and experimentation. While early attempts faced significant challenges, modern technology has addressed many of these issues, leading to a renewed interest in turbocharged motorcycles. The legacy of the 1980s turbo bikes lives on in modern high-performance models and custom builds, showcasing the enduring appeal of turbocharged two-wheelers.

 

From classic original factory fit to modern-day retrofit, Universal Turbos can service and overhaul or supply a bespoke turbocharger to meet your requirements.
 

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Bus & Coach

Turbochargers play a significant role in improving the performance and efficiency of buses and coaches. These vehicles, often tasked with carrying many passengers and operating over long distances, benefit greatly from the increased power and fuel efficiency provided by turbocharged engines.


Turbochargers also enhance the driving experience of buses and coaches. They provide the necessary torque for smooth acceleration, even with heavy passenger loads, and ensure that the vehicle can maintain consistent speeds on motorways and navigate hilly or mountainous terrains without difficulty. This is particularly important for long-distance coaches that need to provide a comfortable and efficient journey for passengers.


Modern turbocharger technology, including advancements like variable geometry turbochargers (VGTs), has further improved the performance of bus and coach engines. VGTs adjust the flow of exhaust gases to the turbine, optimising performance across a wide range of engine speeds and loads. This results in reduced turbo lag, better fuel efficiency, and lower emissions.


Universal Turbos team of turbo specialists are equipped to deal with Bus & Coach turbos, we have the latest electronic actuator test equipment for diagnosing & repairing VGT turbos. Failure analysis also plays an important part of our repair service, identifying the cause, enabling us to liaise with repairers to understand and facilitate remedial works as required, keeping downtime to a minimum.

High End / Prestige

These turbochargers are designed to provide superior power, responsiveness, and efficiency, enhancing the driving experience and performance characteristics expected from premium automotive brands.


Brands such as Garrett, BorgWarner, and IHI are known for producing top-tier turbochargers that are often used in luxury and high-performance vehicles from manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Porsche. These turbochargers are a key component in achieving the blend of power, efficiency, and refinement that defines the prestige automotive segment.


Universal Turbos team of turbo specialists can inspect & diagnose problems with your Prestige car turbo, liaising with repairers to rectify any issues ensuring many more miles of trouble-free motoring.

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Motorsport

Turbochargers have had a profound impact on motorsports, offering a means to significantly enhance engine performance and efficiency. From the early days of experimentation to modern hybrid systems, turbocharging has proven to be a versatile and powerful technology in various racing disciplines. As motorsport continues to evolve, turbochargers will likely remain a key component of high-performance racing engines.

Whether it is an original Formula 1 car from the 70s & 80s, a Group B rally or modern WRC car, a Le Mans classic or modern touring car, or a Drag car Universal Turbos are equipped to ensure your turbocharger is in its most efficient operational condition to give you the advantage over other competitors.  

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