2013 WRX could get game-changing electric turbo
Subaru, which is owned by Fuji Heavy Industries, is said to be working on a revolutionary new electric turbocharger. In 2007, the Japanese company filed a patent for an electrically-powered turbocharger and it is reported by Drive Australia, that the 2013 WRX could have the game-changing technology when it comes out.
The ground-breaking technology being developed by Subaru, would trap heat energy from exhaust gases, generating electricity to power the turbo. The traditional turbo needs complicated piping to generate the extra power, where the new electrically-powered turbocharger would create power more efficiently and also have less turbo lag.
For now, at least, Subaru is keeping quiet about the electric turbo, calling it the latest of many rumors surrounding the next WRX and WRX STI. But if the new electric turbocharger is more efficient, then that means increased performance and fuel efficiency. If the technology works as planned, the already sporty WRX could develop BMW M3-like performance in a $30,000 car. This could be game-changing for Subaru. No wonder they are being so tight-lipped about the technology.