Are you looking to have a maximum level of turbo performance? Would you like to have reliability of a good intercooler for a good turbo experience? The intercooler is designed to remove heat from the air charge that comes from the turbo when it is being compressed. This gives users two distinct advantages:
1. You are able to increase the charge density to generate more power.
2. You are able to consistently decrease knocking during the combustion process.
The problem with intercooling is that an inefficient system is actually worse than having no system at all. The intercooler can actually decrease the performance of a turbocharge if too much pressure is lost during the process! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a better intercooler that gave you a better guarantee on your overall turbo performance?
Is It Even Worth Having an Intercooler?
The problem with the typical intercooler is that it just isn’t able to change the temperature of the exhaust enough to be effective. You need to have a unit that is at least 70% efficient in order to develop a boost. Without the efficiencies, it isn’t uncommon to experience a pressure drop that is then compensated for by adjusting the wastegate. The only problem with this is that the wastegate adjustment creates even more heat, which means you’re creating an even larger net pressure drop that can ultimately lead to a negative cycle where you end up completely overheating.
The Construction of the Intercooler Makes All the Difference
There are plenty of intercooler designs that you’ll find on the market today. The bar and plate construction of the modern intercooler provides an advantage because the core of the unit actually works as a heat sink. It will absorb much more of the heat that is produced and it will then efficiently release that heat when required. Other units can’t do that, especially intercoolers that have the tube and fin design, simply because there isn’t enough space in order to cool down the compressed air enough to make it useful.
Fanatic Racing Parts’ exclusive manufacturing process also provides a secondary advantage. The bar and plate design provides a complete seal between the charge and ambient sides. This gives you the opportunity to endure the pressure of a prolonged high boost without an issue. There’s also a lot more flexibility with this design because the height of the passages can be tweaked just by using taller bars and fins. Because there are more rows and more area per passage, you get an intercooler for turbo performance that is much more reliable and efficient.
Matching up your intercooler is the most critical part of the entire process. You need a good match in order to have a maximum boost for your high-output engine. Get the specs of your pressure, discharge temperature, flow rates, and ambient air temperature and you’ll be ready to get the best intercooler for turbo performance that is on the market today!