I came across an interesting link on the Cressida forums..
No guys, it'* not
one of those little fan dealys that you get off eBay.
It'* an electrically powered Eaton M62. Yeah, Eaton M62. I first saw it in this article on Turbo Magazine
, on their website. I'd consider Turbo to be a pretty credible magazine - they don't always cater to my tastes; they do a lot of the time, I have a few issues of it myself. Forced induction buildups, handling buildups, drifting, etc.
It'* the said electric M62 feeding a Nissan KA24DE (same engine as my mom'* newer Altima). Apparently, it works somewhat like nitrous; in this case, there are batteries that have to be charged.
T: Can the batteries be charged from the alternator?
TK: Yes*, but see additional notes:
*If the alternator is stock, we suggest four or more standard batteries or Optima batteries, which will provide longer running times. These will be heavy, so you can eventually replace the alternator with a 200-plus-amp unit and switch to the smaller and lighter Odyssey batteries.
*If the alternator is upgraded, battery technology has come so far that a standard car battery can now be replaced with a 13-pound 3x6-inch battery that has more cranking amps than a big conventional battery. Hawker-ODYSSEY has the best units, in our opinion. The additional batteries and the ESC-400 weigh less than the typical complete turbo kit.
Moroso Motorsport Park was home this weekend to the Sport Compact Winter Challenge, and we took the Altima to MMP to test the ESC down the quarter mile. The weight of the car with speaker box, molded body kit, ESC-400 and batteries, etc was 3,780 pounds. The stock KADE 2.4-liter four-cylinder automatic ran low 18s at 78 mph with the ESC off, and ran a best 15.583 at 89 mph at only 5 psi boost. Traction with the ESC was a real problem, with 2.45 60-foot times on four attempts. This is faster than a 5.0 Mustang convertible.
Here'* the motor:
And mom'* stock KA24DE (just red painted lettering that we done to dress up the motor a bit, that HAS to be good for some horsepower!
It'* actually good enough to probably beat out the '91 SSE. 150hp/155lb-ft pulling at most, 3100lbs. It'* a truck motor (think smaller Nissan trucks) with a long stroke, so low-end torque is always in good supply. And because of this long stroke, NVH kinda sucks.
I think this is a legit electric blower. While it'* not always running like an M62 in a Series I SSE/SSEi, it does sound like it works. I venture that adding more boost isn't just changing out a pulley or getting a manual boost controller if it was a turbo.
It'* no $69.95 deal either. It'* $1295 for the Altima application, according to the makers' website, Boosthead.com