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Automotive Racing Intercoolers, Intercooler Kits


An intercooler is a device used on turbocharged and supercharged internal combustion engines to improve the volumetric efficiency and increase the amount of charge in the engine, thereby increasing power. The inter in the name refers to its location compared to the compressors; the coolers were typically installed between multiple stages of supercharging in aircraft engines. Modern automobile designs are technically aftercoolers because they appear most often at the very end of the chain, but this name is no longer used.

Turbochargers and superchargers compress incoming air, causing it to become heated. Since hot air is less dense than cooler air at the same pressure, the total charge delivered to the cylinders is higher than non-compressed air, but still less than it could be. By cooling the charge after compression, even more charge can be delivered, increasing power. Additionally, intercoolers help to increase the total amount of boost possible without causing engine knocking.

An intercooler is essentially a radiator tuned for high volume flow rates and the increasing density of the charge as it cools. Most designs use ambient air for cooling, flowing through the radiator core, and often collocated with other radiators for oil or cooling fluid. This approach is also known as Air To Air (ATA).

Greddy, HKS, Spearco Intercooler KitsAn alternate design, often referred to as a charge cooler, uses water or a water/antifreeze mix to cool the charge, then cools the water in a separate radiator. While heavier and more complex, charge coolers can often make arranging the rest of the engine much simpler. This approach is also known as Water To Air (WTA). A variation on this type of charge cooler substitutes a reservoir of coolant for the radiator, allowing the use of an icewater mixture that can bring outlet temperatures well below ambient air temperature even under very high boost pressure. Because of the limitations on the volume of icewater that can be stored and circulated, this approach to charge cooling is only practical for short durations, making it most common in drag racing and land speed record attempts.

  • Front Mount Intercoolers (FMIC)
    Mounted vertically near the front bumper, in line with the car's radiator
  • Side Mount Intercoolers (SMIC)
    Mounted in the front corner of a bumper, in front of one of the wheels. Side-mounted intercoolers are generally smaller and less efficient than front-mounted intercoolers.
  • Top Mount Intercoolers (TMIC)
    Mounted horizontally on top of the engine (due to a low hood line) and use a hood scoop to force air over the intercooler.

Intercooler Kits

  • Greddy Intercoolker Kits
  • HKS Intercooler Kits
  • Spearco Intercooler Kits

Intercooler Kits Available on eBay

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CXRacing Intercooler Kit For 01-06 Honda Integra DC5 Acura RSX K20 Black Hose

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CXRacing 28 x7 x 2.5 Intercooler Kit + Piping BOV For 88-00 Civic D D16 B16 B18

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CXRacing intercooler kit For 91-99 2nd Gen Toyota MR2 SW20 3S-GTE

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CXRacing Side Mount Intercooler Kit For 3S-GTE SW20 MR2

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CXRacing Bolt on FMIC Intercooler kit For Audi A3 8P 2003-2012 Double Core Black

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CXRacing FMIC Intercooler Kit + BOV + Turbo Intake Bolt On For 05-07 Lancer EVO

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CXRacing Top Mount 3" Thick Intercooler Kit For 07-11 Subaru Impreza WRX Blue

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Mishimoto Subaru WRX/STI Performance Top-Mount Intercooler Kit

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CXRacing Intercooler Kit Turbo new Improved For Audi RS4 S4

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CXRacing Intercooler Kit +Cold Intake Pipe +HeatShield For 02-05 Audi A4 B6 1.8T

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CXRacing Turbo FM Intercooler Kit For 97-01 Audi B5 S4 RS4

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CXRacing FMIC Intercooler Kit 2.5" Core For 94-01 Audi A4 B5 Black Hoses

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CXRacing FMIC Front Mount Intercooler Kit For 2005+ Subaru Legacy 2.5T Blue Hose

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Intercooler Kit + BOV for 96-00 Honda Civic EK with B or D VTEC Series Engine

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New Design 3" Thick Top Mount Intercooler Kit For 2007-2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

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