The Eurocompulsion V1 is equally easy to install and seems like a better idea. No metal to conduct heat. Silicone. Got mine in red.The pipe is very short and G-Tech already has some experience with it from other Abarths.
The volumetric flow is too great and the delta T is too low, to increase the intake air temp appreciably only through the short airpipe. (Lambda of stainless steal is 15W/mK - about 100times more then rubber or neopren)
It is still sucked over the series air filter box. A K&N or BMC filter is probably used.
From the view point of the temperature rubber is clearly better, but here comes the problem with the possibly insufficient stability.
Please allow me to respond to this. I don't think a stainless steel pipe looks at all standard. Not even close because NO factory intake for any car uses stainless steel piping, they all use either rubber, plastic, or in some rare cases silicone.I like the EC V1 intake too.
Problem, no tüv in Germany or Austria.
The g-Tech looks standard if you open the hood.
EC V1 installed:Please allow me to respond to this. I don't think a stainless steel pipe looks at all standard. Not even close because NO factory intake for any car uses stainless steel piping, they all use either rubber, plastic, or in some rare cases silicone.
On the other hand, the Eurocompulsion V1 silicone intake in black looks very close to standard. In fact, it's a direct replacement part.
I hate to point out the bleeding obvious, but you know the intake connects directly to the turbo right?SSt air pipe seems like a bad idea - likely to absorb engine heat and transfer it to your intake air.
Greg would be the one to clarify here, but on the EC intake the silicone slightly lowers the intake temperature to the turbo. Whether its that or just having straighter piping, they have the charts showing the slight increase in power and the difference in temperature before the turbo. Whether it really matters is, perhaps, the question. In my case, I like the V1 on mine.I hate to point out the bleeding obvious, but you know the intake connects directly to the turbo right?
Any heat the S/S pipe picks up is nothing compared to the inferno of those compressor blades... :|
As an aside, it's probably worth keeping in mind that the intake manifold on many cars is made from metal!
Any decrease in temperature helps. In testing we, and others have shown that lower temperatures into the turbo mean lower temperatures at the intake manifold with all other factors equal. That's why the factory goes through such lengths to provide cold air to to turbo. So does nearly every other manufacturer of turbo cars.Any heat the S/S pipe picks up is nothing compared to the inferno of those compressor blades...
It's not in this car, or any current Fiat or Alfa Romeo turbo car.As an aside, it's probably worth keeping in mind that the intake manifold on many cars is made from metal!
That video is utter nonsense. I have addressed this before.
That's a fair comment; so what you're saying then is that depending on the tester's particular bias or vested interest, that test results can be manipulated in such a fashion that we ought to take them with a grain of salt lest we be hoodwinked?I also want to mention that they are sponsored by an auto insurance company, not exactly a mod friendly organization.
Pete, I think you know darn well that the example you posted is a rare exception and you are just being silly. However even in that case they have the air inlet in a fairly cool spot in the engine bay well away from the the turbo. My guess is that they moved it there for non-US market noise restrictions, they put mufflers on them for the same reason.Dang, someone forgot to tell Abarth!
I like the S/S for its bling (which is what these things are really about I suppose), but the powder coated version is definitely a great looking OEM replacement; looks like it could be stock.The 2 versions.
StainlessSteal nature and black powder coated.