[ba] wacky intercooler question

Buchholz, Steven Steven.Buchholz at kla-tencor.com
Mon Nov 20 00:35:07 EST 2006

... the air that's going to cool the intake charge is the same air that's going into the intake charge ... so just adding an intercooler isn't likely to have any benefit.  There are other tricks that are used for turbos that would apply ... water injection is one thing that would have benefit on a NA motor ... although it would not likely be much.  

If you're gonna get wacky with an NA engine you might want to think about a blower ... ;-) ... or a turbo!  The latter is what I'm looking to do with a 3.6l NA Audi motor ...

Steve B
San José, CA (USA)
> I remember that when turbos were the new hot thing and then
> intercoolers were the new hot thing that is was stated that an
> intercooler on a NA engine was not worth the cost/effort.
> But now that used intercoolers are all around I'm wondering if there
> might actually be a small improvement to fitting one to an old NA
> engine. Since I have the Original Stone Age CIS there are no upgrades
> I can make other than maybe the intercooler.
> I get enough performance bounce from cold weather that I'm thinking
> along those lines and posting so you can reply that I am better off
> spending my dough on something more worthwhile, like strippers or
> something.

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