It did not take lengthy for potential Corvair patrons to demand extra horsepower and Chevy engineers had been solely too completely satisfied to oblige. In 1962, the Turbo-Air 6 grew to become a self-fulfilling prophecy when the choice for a turbocharger grew to become accessible. The newly turbocharged Corvair referred to as the Spyder cranked out 150 horsepower — virtually double the 80 horsepower of the unique 1960 mannequin. It additionally discovered itself in uncommon firm, being one in every of solely two factory-turbocharged autos on this planet, the opposite being an Oldsmobile F-85 (later renamed Cutlass).
Consumers that did not go for the non-obligatory turbocharger acquired a comfort prize of bigger displacement. By 1965, the naturally-aspirated engine was able to 140 horsepower and the variety of carburetors jumped from two to 4 to maintain the thirsty engine fed. The turbocharged model was now rated at 180 horsepower, which engineers seen because the higher restrict to the engine’s design. Further horsepower wouldn’t solely require re-tooling the engine block, however would current a problem to the cooling system, or lack thereof.
Because it was, air-conditioning was not supplied on sure Corvair powerplants with emissions controls as a result of it was thought that the additional parasitic drag of the a/c compressor would result in an overheating scenario.
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