AMS Wastegate Test Rig For Future Bolt-In Turbo Upgrades

AMS Wastegate Test Rig For Future AMS & ALPHA Bolt-In Turbo Upgrades

The engineering team at AMS Performance is hard at work on new AMS bolt-in turbocharger upgrades for some new vehicles and projects:

Ford Focus RS 2.3L EcoBoost
Nissan R35 GT-R Alpha 9x
Porsche Macan Turbo & Turbo S
Porsche 991.1 Turbo & Turbo S
Porsche 991.2 Carrera
Porsche 991.2Turbo
Porsche Boxster
Porsche Cayman
Volkswagon Golf R Mk7

Since we are one of a select few Garrett Performance Distributors of course we are utilizing the best ball-bearing center sections in the catalog for our latest endeavor.

Typically when we design a turbo upgrade it consists of a whole new exhaust manifold, downpipe and other parts with a complete turbo replacement often referred to as a “turbo kit”. These new AMS bolt-in turbos for the RS and the Golf R however are being designed to bolt directly into the factory exhaust manifold making an affordable solution for bigger horsepower. By keeping everything in the factory location our customers will not have to buy parts more than once as their existing intakes and downpipes (both factory or aftermarket) will bolt directly to these new AMS turbo upgrades.

With this new development of bolt-in turbos, we are getting into multiple technical areas we have never had to explore. To overcome this, the engineering team is putting time into research and testing as usual. One of these areas is internal wastegate design.

To research and test, we created a wastegate test cell. It is being used to test wastegate materials, designs, clearances and part compliance. To test these, thermal cycling in the test cell was performed. Thermal cycling is important to test thermal stress and strain over the lifetime of the parts. The thermal cycling is performed from temperatures from 250 to 1,100+ degree Celsius.

We are thermally testing the wastegate development parts for 200 hours under continual abuse. Not only are we testing the parts thermally, we actuated the wastegate door at 5hz. This actuation is being performed to test the design and part compliance. With this actuation rate, the wastegate opens and closes over 3 million times! This is much more abuse than it will ever see on the street or track. We engineer parts to perform and survive in the harshest of environments that the wastegate will see.

These new bolt-in turbocharger upgrades for the new Ford Focus RS and VW Golf R will follow the launch of our first round of parts we release which will include intakes, downpipes, exhaust systems and intercooler upgrades. We are excited to get back to our roots in the sport compact, hot hatch arena!

AMS/ALPHA Performance
1760 Metoyer Court
West Chicago, IL 60185

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