07-02-2012, 02:54 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Burbs or Philly, PA
I would say buy one of the best FMIC you can buy and not get a copy cat one. Helix Motorsports
Helix Stepped Core Intercooler
Helix is proud to be the innovator of the world's first Stepped Core Intercooler.
The Helix Stepped Core Intercooler design has a bigger frontal ambient face combined with thicker-than-stock core that seals to the radiator fan/shroud. The cast end tanks have factory charge pipe angles. Unlike stepped-core copies that have surfaced, the Helix SCI features cast end tanks for reduced turbulence and bull-nosed bars on the ambient face as well as the hot side of the intercooler.
This increases air flow across the face of the intercooler as well as reducing pressure drop through the core. The core of the Helix SCI has increased fin density and will flow 250 horsepower with only a 0.5PSI pressure drop, while greatly reducing heat soak.
Installation is relatively straight forward and requires no cutting, drilling or permanent modifications to your vehicle.
Please see the graphs to the left showing the results from the data logging of our stock R56, with only the Helix Stepped Intercooler installed. The graphs compare intake manifold temperatures between the stock intercooler and the Helix SCI as datalogged on the street in similar conditions
05 MINI JCW "The Mistress" RMW Powered, Helix built w/ Meth
For full spec's & mods see list in my garage. YFM