Blow Off Valve, circa 2000

Summary

"Tuners," speed loving kids of the early 1990s, chose inexpensive compact cars to "tune" for speed and handling. In turbocharged cars, blowoff valves minimized split-second power drop while shifting gears -- if you're racing, that matters. Many of these valves made a loud "whoosh" sound; their bright colors stood out when installed in the engine. Tuners wanted the valves to be heard and seen.

"Tuners," speed loving kids of the early 1990s, chose inexpensive compact cars to "tune" for speed and handling. In turbocharged cars, blowoff valves minimized split-second power drop while shifting gears -- if you're racing, that matters. Many of these valves made a loud "whoosh" sound; their bright colors stood out when installed in the engine. Tuners wanted the valves to be heard and seen.

Artifact

Valve (Hardware)

Date Made

circa 2000

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driven to Win

Object ID

2011.207.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Daniel Miller.

Material

Metal
Brass (Alloy)

Color

Purple

Dimensions

Length: 4 in

Diameter: 1.375 in

Inscriptions

decal on end: TURBO X S / BLOW OFF VALVE

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