Although carbon fiber has a high strength to weight ratio I think it would be only for looks on the intake tube. I'm not aware of any radiant heat deflection properties of carbon fiber. Does it?
DGRacing said:Although carbon fiber has a high strength to weight ratio I think it would be only for looks on the intake tube. I'm not aware of any radiant heat deflection properties of carbon fiber. Does it?
PeteInCT said:It does have a higher insulative property than normal ABS plastic but I don't have hard numbers, I'll see if I can find some.
Just a caveat to those new to the track scene looking for 'the truth' ;D
> The foil wrapped intake tube will deflect heat much better than the stock intake tube. My guess is that it will do a better job than carbon fiber also - just a guess. Will you see any measurable advantage to either on the track? No, unless you are a seasoned professional driver who has the ability to run their car on the hairy edge of the cars mechanical abilities all the time. Think about it logically, the air molecules are actually in the intake tube for such a short amount of time there is little opportunity for them to become heated up from the tube much at all. Every little bit helps, that's why the intake manifolds aren't made of iron anymore (weight also...), but I think the difference in your lap time will be something like .0000001 seconds ;D
> The carbon fiber intakes (full disclosure - I have one) look good. Don't expect much else. I believe they cause less air turbulence than the stock intakes, but again actually feeling a true difference on the track is probably not true. When I installed mine I thought I felt a slight difference in the 4000 - 5500 RPM range. Were my senses tainted for what I paid for that thing? Probably... ;D
NewBossowner said:Well. I am not sure of any power gains but from a dressup standpoint, I am sure you can get colors to semi match or offset your car colors. I am sure one of you enterprising souls will do this and start a new trend.
I eagerly await pictures of your creations.
most wont go the JLT route as it requires a tune.roadhouse said:You can order paint matched intakes through JLT for any factory color.
Steeda requires a tune also, right?Justin said:most wont go the JLT route as it requires a tune.
I like my steeda CAI nothing fancy like gold foil or carbon fiber but it has a nice air box