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Air raid: 5 factory-supercharged performance machines

Both superchargers and turbochargers force-feed air into an engine but in different ways. The supercharger grabs power directly from the engine crankshaft and delivers instant boost. The turbocharger uses an exhaust side turbine that takes a bit longer to spin up the compressor. While turbochargers currently boost everything from sleepy crossovers to working pickup trucks, the supercharger has largely remained exclusive to dedicated high-performance machines, even if a few horsepower are sacrificed for immediate on-throttle response.


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The F-code Thunderbirds are also joined by the so-called D/F Thunderbirds. There were a limited number, ie. a handful that differ slightly from the F code cars. In addition to the approximately 200 F-code Birds the engine found its way into the other 1957 Ford models. I have even seen a 4 door station wagon F-code. The rarest F-codes would be the 2 rumored F-code Rancheros. Two door sedans being preferred for racing as the lightest of the supercharged offerings. On a similar note; to my recollection the “Battle Birds” did not have superchargers. At least one used Hilborn fuel injection. One also had a Lincoln engine. The started out as C-code cars, ie. the stripper model 292 version Birds. At this time only one is known to survive although there are a few replicas. Mel Blanc’s son Noel bought an F-code Bird to best his dad. Mel not to be outdone then had a McCulloch/Paxton supercharger added and the family races were on.