What is International Blow-Off Valve Day?

The date of November 28 is forever etched in turbo folklore. The 28th day of the eleventh month was the day the first blow-off valve came into the world. Before that momentous day, turbos ran riot and countless innocent people fell victim to compressor surge, losing the boost they held so dear. The blow-off valve was born out of elemental forces beyond human comprehension, working upon a billet of aluminium alloy. Formed underground over eons, and eventually appearing on the earth’s surface after a violent blast of lightning broke away the rock covering it, the blow-off valve was discovered by some unsuspecting sherpas. Unaware of how revolutionary their discovery would be, the proto-BOV was carried down from the mountain tops and presented to the people on November 28, and the date went down in history as the day the spirits of compressor surge were beaten.

November 28 is a day to celebrate everything we love about our blow-off valves – the better boost response, that grin-inducing ‘pssh’ every time you change gear, and most of all, how they keep the evil spirits of compressor surge at bay.

It seems the work of divine intervention by the Gods of Boost that this day of the birth of the blow-off valve, November 28, also happens to be the birthday of a man who seemed placed upon this earth with the mission to bring the best blow-off valves to the people. That man was Turbosmart’s founder, and the inventor of the original Turbosmart blow-off valve, Nic Cooper.

So on this Saturday, November 28, show your blow-off valve some love. Say ‘thank you’ by posting pictures or videos of your BOV doing its thing, or even just your best impression of one, to your favourite social media channels, and hashtag them with #BOVday and #teamturbosmart.

Make sure you join our event on Facebook, and spread the word to your turbo-loving friends!

We will be awarding some prizes to our favourites, so get boosting and activate those BOVs!

Turbosmart’s Award-Winning New Products Revealed at SEMA 2015

Turbosmart have taken the wraps off three brand new products at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Pro-Gate50 Lite wastegate, Race Port Sensor Cap and the e-BoostHP electronic boost controller are three innovative new products developed by Turbosmart.

The e-BoostHP has already been recognized with awards from the judges and media at SEMA, being named the runner up in the ultra-competitive Best New Street/Performance product category, and taking home five Global Media Awards from publications around the world. The Pro-Gate50 Lite and Race Port Sensor Cap also each received a Global Media Award from Australia’s Performance Garage magazine.

Pro-Gate50 Lite External Wastegate 

The Pro-Gate50 Lite is a new external wastegate that combines big wastegate flow and performance in a compact package. This makes it perfect for kit builders and other applications where performance of a larger wastegate is required, but space for turbo components is at a premium.

With a 50mm valve size matched to a compact cap, the Pro-Gate50 Lite fits in the Turbosmart external wastegate lineup between the Hyper-Gate45 and the full-size Pro-Gate50.

The Pro-Gate50 Lite features Turbosmart’s precision-engineered wastegate body designed to have a superior flow path, improving the wastegate’s performance relative to its valve size. Its unique locking collar allows for quick spring changes, and a heat shielded, nomex-reinforced diaphragm for excellent heat resistance.

The Pro-Gate50 Lite takes up less engine bay real estate than similar flowing wastegates, making engine packaging simple, while its light weight makes it a great choice for racing applications where every ounce counts.

Race Port Sensor Cap

In the tuning and racing world, data is everything. Turbosmart’s new Race Port Sensor Cap adds revolutionary data-logging capabilities to our highest-flowing blow-off valve. The Sensor Cap enables the user to gain an insight into the blow-off valve’s behavior under different engine operating conditions. This is the world’s first blow-off valve with valve position logging.

The Race Port Sensor Cap allows you to upgrade your existing (locking collar-style) Race Port Blow-Off Valve to obtain data via an analog position sensor. Compatible with a wide range of popular data loggers, the Race Port Sensor Cap is a highly versatile innovation in forced induction tuning.

Information such as blow-off valve reaction time, and valve position versus manifold pressure can be readily obtained thanks to the Sensor Cap. This data can in turn be used to maximize turbocharger performance.

Turbosmart’s Race Port Sensor Cap uses the same award winning technology as our wastegate sensor cap, providing a means to obtain and log data that until now was not so readily available.

e-BoostHP electronic boost controller

Already recognized by the SEMA judges and the world’s media with the SEMA Runner Up award for the Best New Street/Performance Product and five Global Media Awards, the e-BoostHP is an electronic boost controller capable of handling up to 120PSI of boost pressure with extreme precision. The e-BoostHP is able to manage six boost groups, which can be correlated to gear, RPM, or elapsed time, plus an auxiliary output such as methanol or nitrous injection.

The e-BoostHP features a new, very robust high-range MAP sensor design incorporating push lock fittings and high pressure hoses to ensure durability and relentless performance under a wide range of extreme boost pressures.

Sophisticated and technologically advanced, yet easy to use, the e-BoostHP’s new high-range MAP sensor, and cutting-edge boost control algorithms, allow the user to control a wider range of boost pressure.

Designed and manufactured in Australia, each of these new products continues Turbosmart’s commitment to quality and innovation.

The ProGate50 Lite, Race Port Sensor Cap and e-Boost HP will be available for purchase early 2016.