This is the ultimate and will keep even high power engines safe - Insurance for your engine.
This is a water to air intercooler or which is more commonly known as a charge cooler. Water is a far better cooling medium than air, and takes heat away from the induction air far better. Why is this necessary? Any time you compress air (to create boost) the air heats up. This is bad for the engine and bad for power.
This unit is designed for competitors Turbo conversions weather they be Twin Chargers or Turbos on Cooper S or Cooper - if you have a turbo it will most likely fit and definitely be of benefit.
For some reason many of the Turbo conversions offered by other companies do not use a chargecooler between the turbo and induction (or induction into the supercharger system on Twin Charged MINI's). We believe this to be a mistake as the very hot air exiting the Turbo can only be detrimental to the durability and power of the engine.
There is no reason why you cannot fit both our Supercharger Chargecooler and this Turbo Charge cooler and they have been designed so that they can both be fitted for the coolest intake temperatures possible.
An option would be to fit an intercooler to the front of the car ahead of the radiator, but this would involve a tortuous route for the charge pipes and this would increase the boost loss (pressure drop) over the system, and increase turbo lag - very counter productive.
A better option is to use the very efficient and effective device. The water/air charge cooler is that device. Water transfers heat at a much greater rate. There are also other advantages to this setup. The charge cooler uses a water jacket around the device to extract the heat from the induction charge. This water is then circulated using a pump to a front mounted radiator, which takes the heat from the water. This cool water is then circulated back to the charge cooler to start its job again. Another advantage of this system is that there is a significant reservoir of cold water to continue cooling the air even if the car stops or slows - this is not so on a conventional air/air intercooler - however large it is!
The actual charge cooler fits between the Turbo which are universally fitted at the back of the engine on the exhaust/turbo manifold, and the induction. They can be made with charge pipes ranging from 2 inches to 3 inches (others by request). The kit also includes the water pump, all hoses and the front mounted radiator. The job of fitting this device takes around 3 hours and should see an immediate power increase although this is far more noticeable when the temperatures are higher, and on up rated cars. Pressure drop is also negligible over the charge cooler.
Why do we use chargecoolers instead of trendy looking front mounted intercoolers? One of the main reasons is distance. The direct distance from the Turbo to the throttle body on our conversion (and most Twinchargers) is around 19 inches. Our Chargecooler takes 26 inches to transfer the boost pressure from the Turbo to Throttle body, but a front mounted intercooler would take at least 124 inches to do the same Journey. This would increase both Turbo Lag and Boost loss. Our charge coolers which generally run around 0.25-0.5 Psi Boost Loss. A front Mounted Intercooler over 120 inches could lose 2-3 Psi easily. This means your Turbo has to work far harder to generate the same Boost in the Inlet Manifold.
*Power Figures. It is very difficult to quote actual power figures for your vehicle, as the actual output varies depending upon many factors, including the actual specification and condition of your engine, altitude, temperature, humidity, vehicle equipment levels, and numerous other factors. Those figures quoted are typical and are based upon our own experience of the kits listed above. They are not guaranteed on any particular vehicle.