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Old 11-30-2007, 10:00 PM
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Hey guys! Eric posted this over on NAM and I thought I would put it up over here for those of you that don't migrate over to NAM anymore.


Over the last several months we have developed a new concept in intercooling for BMW applications, and decided to apply it to our R56 MINI. It utilizes dual-thickness cores to maximize both frontal area as well as core thickness. The end tanks are cast, and as you can see in the design pics, encompass both cores. The idea is to be able to install the intercooler without cutting or other permanent modifications, and fully utilize the space at the front of the car. The test prototype is being assembled as we speak and we expect to see it here soon.

Here's a side shot:
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And here's a 3/4 view from the rear:
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A few notes:
We worked hard to ensure that the entire core uses the same internal fin count so it will have the same resistance through the entire core. This design was done in order to maximize the available area in the front of the car, we streamlined every aspect of the cast endtanks to get air to flow as best we could.

Once we get the final prototype, we will test, test and test some more as well as do some dyno runs.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:11 PM
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awesome, really cool idea, i like the out of the box thinking
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:17 PM
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Wow, that's really innovative. The best of both worlds.

You mentioned that this was created with "BMW applications" in mind... is this a hint of non-MINI applications to come? A certain twin-turbo inline-6 certainly comes to mind.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:42 PM
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Wow, that's really innovative. The best of both worlds.

You mentioned that this was created with "BMW applications" in mind... is this a hint of non-MINI applications to come? A certain twin-turbo inline-6 certainly comes to mind.
Ill post some info on that stuff later on tonight. I'll pm you the links when im done.
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