Garrett was founded in 1936 in a small one-room office in Los Angeles as the most famous name in turbocharger emerging technologies. Today, it is a leading global supplier of turbochargers and associated forced induction systems and components to global engines and carmakers. In Ford, Saab, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen cars, etc., Garrett turbos are installed. CART is based on Garret's boosting technology as well as the top race teams in 24 Hours of Le Mans and World Rally.
Decade by decade, Garrett never halted the industry's transformation. It powered America's first turbocharged car (the Caterpillar D9 crawler tractor) in 1955 and Oldsmobile Jetfire Rocket which is the first mass-produced turbocharged car in 1962. The company has developed a technology for Variable Nozzle Turbine (VNT) that has drastically improved diesel engine performance and implemented high-volume use of dual-ball turbocharged bearings.
Why Garrett? Within the turbo technology production industry, you cannot go wrong with the largest supplier of turbochargers trusted by prominent brands. In order to maximize engine efficiency and practically turn the output curve of your vehicle, you have access and can reply to the broader innovator in the engine boosting industry, which has pushed many race cars to victory. More than 30 thousand turbos come out every day, each with a proven boosting expertise from Garrett GT28 to Garrett GT35.
In order to ensure the robust design and safe and reliable performance, the producer subjects turbos to extreme OE qualification testing. They are, for example, subjected to a 1,000-hour endurance test, in which some engines fail, but not a Garrett turbo! During a 200-hour thermal cycle test, drastic adjustments are made every 10 minutes from low temp to glowing red, to make sure the turbine housing is not warped or broken. Another series of quality control procedures are carried out to show that you get the highest value for money using a Garrett turbocharger.
Next to every large carmaker worldwide using Garrett technology are inventions and average launch rate of 100 new applications annually, including petrol, diesel, natural gas, electric, and fuel cell powertrains. Garrett technology and developments have been used by almost every large automaker worldwide.
The turbo tale starts in 1954 when T15 of Garrett and D9 of Caterpillar were paired. Although the Oldsmobile Jetfire Turbo Rocket, appropriately recognized, was the first turbocharged production car in 1962, the technical influence of Deere's choice of the Garrett T04 was initially more pronounced in commercial cars in 1967, and all the industry followed. But in the 90s, turbocharging was the mainstream and worldwide one, as the 1991 Fiat Croma was able to adapt exhaust gas flows in direct response to particular engine requirements through the new variable nozzle turbine technology (VNT) from Garrett. The symbiosis between turbocharging and direct injection diesel powertrains has been confirmed by Volkswagen-Audi with its 1.9L diesel engine for the launch of its Frankfurt Motor Show in 1995, and innovations have been groundbreaking.
Early in the 1920s and 1930s, as compressor cars using supercharge technology raced with one another, the promise of turbo compression in race environments became apparent. Today, turbo and eCompressor help to make power the world's most successful events like Formula 1, the Indy car, the FIA World Rally, or 24 Hours of Le Mans and have lasting success. Garrett turbo technology claimed 18th consecutive victory in the famous Le Mans 24 Hours of the endurance race in 2017 and was the third win in succession to the Porsche Motorsport LMP team. And the turbo technology of Garrett helped Toyota win Le Mans' 24 Hours in 2018.
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