Optimizing Sequential-Turbocharging: Unlocking the Power of Precision Performance


In the realm of automotive performance, the quest for power and efficiency has led to remarkable innovations. Among these, sequential turbochargers have emerged as a game-changing technology, redefining the boundaries of engine performance. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the world of sequential turbochargers, exploring their mechanics, advantages, and their role in shaping the future of high-performance engines.


Sequential turbocharging is a sophisticated method of forced induction that combines the benefits of different-sized turbochargers to optimize engine performance across a wide range of RPMs. This innovative approach addresses the inherent limitations of traditional single-turbo setups, which often require a compromise between low-end responsiveness and high-end power.

At the core of sequential turbocharging lies a dual-turbo system, where two turbochargers are strategically integrated into the engine’s intake and exhaust systems. These turbochargers are often referred to as the “primary” and “secondary” turbos.

  1. Primary Turbocharger: The primary turbocharger is typically smaller in size and designed to provide quick response at low loads. It is responsible for delivering a near immediate response and minimizing turbo lag, ensuring optimal acceleration from a standstill.
  2. Secondary Turbocharger: The secondary turbocharger is larger and designed to generate higher boost pressures at higher loads. It takes over as engine loads increase, seamlessly transitioning the power delivery from the primary turbocharger to maintain performance across the entire RPM range.

How the Latest Revolution in Sequential Turbocharging Works

The sequential turbocharging process involves an orchestrated sequence of operations:

  1. Low Load Conditions: In low load conditions, where the engine is not required to work so hard, all exhaust gas is first directed toward the primary turbocharger. A few examples of these types of conditions would include non-towing conditions, low speeds, light throttle response, and lower rpm ranges. The exhaust gases flow through its turbine, spinning it and driving the compressor wheel and providing more efficient air delivery towards the engine than the engine would otherwise see from other forced induction methods under these light load conditions. Throughout the light load the secondary turbocharger is primed.


  1. Secondary Priming: While all the exhaust gas is flowing through the primary turbocharger it is immediately directed toward the secondary turbocharger uninterrupted by way of an integrated 3” bridgepipe that connects to the primary turbo turbine outlet and leads directly to the turbine inlet of the secondary turbocharger. This will place the secondary turbocharger on an effective area of it’s MAP as the primary turbocharger reaches a peak area of its efficient area where it will no longer be effective.


  1. As Load Increases and fluctuate: As the load placed on the engine increases, the primary turbocharger’s boost contribution diminishes, and the integrated valve(s) on the Hlava Sequential-Turbo Manifold will open gradually in accordance with the spring tension pressure of each actuator. The spring pressure rating is relative to an effective pressure ratio pressure of the primary turbocharger (e.g. Approximately 10lbs for the Garrett GT2554R). As the internal pressure of the Sequential-Turbo Manifold reaches 10lbs and above the valves will gradually open until they are in a full flow state. When the apparatus valves are completely open, they are pressed to the top of the conduit radius that they are in because the top of the valves share the same radius as the ID of the conduit. This allows a direct full flow path toward the secondary turbocharger under high load, high volume conditions since the 2″ valve ports are inline with the exhaust manifold gas inlet v-band mounts. And all the overflow is continuously routed downstream to the smaller turbo allowing it to maintain speed but because of the insufficient amount of gas being fed to it now and the fact that pressure has been stabilized throughout the apparatus the turbo can no longer increase speed but will remain immediately effective removing lag when loads decrease.

Advantages of Sequential Turbochargers

  1. Optimized Power: Sequential turbochargers offer a balanced and smooth power delivery across the entire RPM spectrum. This results in exceptional acceleration and overall performance.


  1. Reduced Turbo Lag: The presence of the primary turbocharger virtually eliminates turbo lag, ensuring immediate response even at low engine loads.


  1. Efficiency and Economy: By utilizing a smaller turbocharger for low RPMs, sequential setups enhance fuel efficiency during city driving. The larger secondary turbocharger contributes to high-speed power without compromising efficiency.


  1. Versatility: Sequential turbochargers can be adapted to a variety of engine configurations, making them beneficial for internal combustion engines that utilize forced induction.


  1. Environmental Considerations: Improved combustion efficiency contributes to lower emissions, aligning with modern environmental regulations.



Sequential turbochargers represent a pinnacle of engineering ingenuity, combining the benefits of quick response and high-end power delivery. This technology has transformed the way we perceive engine performance, offering a harmonious blend of power, efficiency, and driving exhilaration. As automotive engineering continues to advance, sequential turbochargers stand as a testament to human innovation, driving us closer to the threshold of unparalleled precision performance on the road and the track.


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