Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Turbo things that aren't turbo


What is so damn special about the word Turbo? It used to appear on everything in the 80s and 90s. One of my first computers was turbocharged – it even had a little flashing light when the so-called turbo would kick in. There are a million others turbo things, too. But this turbo phenomenon hasn’t gone away. Recently SiriusXM added a station called Turbo. It’s plays heavy rock from the 90s and 00s and it actually really great for those who grew up in that time and were influenced by that music. 
But still, turbo. It’s not like the 80s, 90s, or even 00s were the pinnacle of turbocharged engines. We have the more turbo engines available today than ever before. I’m even guessing that the amount of available new turbocharged engines might now outnumber naturally aspirated engines. And they’re better than ever too! The lag has been minimized and they don’t burn oil or blow seals on regular basis. Turbos owe direct-injection a great thanks, too.
Back to the point at hand. Today we want to identify objects, any objects, that are not even remotely related to cars and/or turbochargers, but are turbo or are in some way named turbo. 
The Caveats (there are always caveats):

  • Said object cannot be a car or any part of a car. 
  • It cannot be a car name, or any part thereof. 
  • Exception – a car with the word turbo in its name that wasn’t actually turbocharged or supercharged. 
  • Don’t give us a damn lesson on what a turbocharger and what a supercharger is, or that even nitrous-oxide can be considered a turbocharger. If you’re one of those people who starts conversations with “well, actually…” please STFU. 
  • It’s got a be a full word turbo, not an abbreviation of any kind, like when Audi called its engine 3.0t when it was really supercharged. Lamers. 

Difficulty: 0.3 out of 11, faster with a turbo. 
How This Works: Read the comments first and don’t post duplicates! Bonus points for adding photos.

48 Comments

    1. 66 Mhz? My first PC had that rating. When people started talking about 200 MHz, we figured that was wild and basically a hoax. I guess today my toilet brush beats that processing capacity.

    1. Chevrolet was all-in on the turbo name, Turbo-Jet 400/396 engine (which was not a jet and did not have a turbo), and Turbo-Hydramatic transmissions.

      1. And of course the Corvair where the engine options were:
        at the low end the Turbo Air (which didn’t have a turbo),
        at mid-range the Super Turbo Air (which didn’t have a turbo) and
        at the top the Spyder (as you guessed, this was the only one that actually had a turbo).

    1. That should count, if for no other reason than the desire never to see the day when the products of Turbonique, Inc., are spurned as answers for any question on this site.

      1. From the wiki article on Turbonique: “The company specialized in [..] very compact low cost gas turbines built for high power output during brief periods.” and “[…] there were a number of safety issues with these devices.”
        I’d be surprised if they were spurned here.

    1. My Droid is not a Turbo, but it says “TurboPower Connected” whenever I plug it into a charging cable.

    1. “Just props”
      So, sort of a Potemkin-engine thing to make old airplanes seem faster?

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