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electric supercharger

1 October 2003
pueblo colorado
I'm ignorant on these matters, so please excuse my question. I have never heard of an electric supercharger, but I wonder why not? It seems that such a device might not be as parasitic as a crankshaft driven supercharger. Is there such a device? If so, why are not these more widespread? If not, why not?

I have actually seen such a device on a LS 3000GT a year or two ago. If I remember correctly it pushed extremely low boost (2-3psi?) and was relatively expensive. I forget the name of the company but apparently their specialty is making electric superchargers for vehicles that don't have much of an aftermarket.