Hello to everyone again ! Just in case you do not know me I leave the welcome thread link below: https://www.motoringalliance.com/threads/hello-to-everyone.30635/#post-404487 I created a build thread so you can keep up with the charge pipe development and whatever I do to my MINI. Some people asked me about my car ,10 years of ownership of course you will think I will have an amazing MINI !! But.... no !! It's an r53 in very good condition with the OEM+ approach. I have done the usual mods like: B14 coilovers Camber Plates Rear Control Arms Tune Injectors 16% SC pulley 0% Crank pulley Exhaust And.... that's it I told you nothing special !! R53 Development Car by Precision Engineering, on Flickr R53 by Precision Engineering, on Flickr So that's how my car looks right now. The last year or so I decided to create a start up. As i said in the welcoming post I am an automotive engineer with experience in CAD, Flow, Stress simulation and metrology. I took a different approach. Having worked already in a big Company , I wanted to create something on my way. What's that? Extreme attention to detail, thinking out of the box and as much as possible engineering though. So I start thinking how the OE intake system of my MINI could be better. And that's how everything started. For the last 11 months I am working hard on a prototype charge pipe kit. I am saying kit as I want to be a complete set, plug and play. Now let's speak a bit (you are bored I know, pictures coming soon ! ) Charge Pipe: Due to many geometrical changes there are turbulence created in the airflow path. To avoid that the charge pipe needs a nice tapered diameter (keeping the throttle body ID as much as possible). Then a smooth transition to the supercharger flange ensures a nice and smooth airflow path to the entrance of the supercharger. 3 by Precision Engineering, on Flickr section view Charge Pipe by Precision Engineering, on Flickr The OE mounting points remained the same, the opening towards the supercharger inlet has a tight fit, like the OE unit, thus the flange seats perfectly ensuring a perfect sealing. Additionally the bypass and the vacuum take-offs remain in the OE position. You can see below a picture of the whole assembly Charge Pipe Prototype by Precision Engineering, on Flickr Material: The material of the charge pipe will be carbon fiber. The reason for going with that material instead of a casted solution is that the available space was not enough.( I tried the casted solution but it was a big failure!! a lot of money,time and ....back to the design board!!) . I wanted a thin wall, 2mm , which is extremely hard to be done by the traditional casting methods (and the more advanced ). Carbon Fiber gives the mechanical properties I need plus the extra thin walls. The only problem was the redesign of the mould, with now having more than 10 parts in total. As a result the initial hypothesis of 3 months of design jumped to 8 months. So I said I am using fast prototyping methods as well, so I evaluate everything first by printed my models: Precision Engineering 3d printed Prototype Charge Pipe by Precision Engineering, on Flickr Ok seems nice but does it fit ? Yeap , just ! Charge Pipe frontal gap without spacer by Precision Engineering, on Flickr As you may know MINIs have a spacer between the crash bar and the frame. So although the pipe does not touch anything I want a bit of safety, thus I designed the OE component (spacer). A combination of 1 up to 3mm will be used until I found which one is perfect. bumper spacer by Precision Engineering, on Flickr A while back I tested a pre-prototype ( pre-prototype? It's not exactly finished thus I can not really drive around!) So here is a photo from that: Prototype Charge Pipe Precision Engineering by Precision Engineering, on Flickr You can not imagine my happiness that day. Machined Adapter: I wanted the kit to come with a machined adapter for the air filter in order the PCV system to operate as it was design by the factory. Additionally the PCV adapter ensures that the vehicle operation is environmental friendly and it is not a MOT fail (depending the country). Lastly your aircon will not have any oily smell when you operate it (in some vehicles there is an oily smell if the PCV hose is disconnected.) So I designed one, I only have the 3d printed part in my hands, I have already made arrangements with the machinery shop. Precision Engineering Breather Adapter by Precision Engineering, on Flickr And the Printed part: 3D Print Breather Adapter by Precision Engineering, on Flickr If you see, I tried everything to have a smooth transition. Heat Shield: Carbon fiber heat shield that ensures no hot air will go to the air filter. The shield is extended up to the bonnet and the way it is designed (see pics) hot air from the radiator will not go to the air filter. Precision Engineering Heat Shield for the charge pipe kit. by Precision Engineering, on Flickr Below there is a foto from the 3d scan I did. I have the whole engine now in my computer for faster evaluation Happy days !! Not for my computer Engine 3d Scan R53 MINI by Precision Engineering, on Flickr Some videos that i have done so far: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzruN7pA2GqkNxNWu8fRzRA Please give your toughs, comments, recommendations; it will be a create help for me ! I hope you enjoy it so far, I will try to update the thread as much as I can. I have some other side projects, but for right now I am spending all my resources to the charge pipe. P.S Sorry for the long (maybe boring post) P.S n2 Sorry for any mistakes, English are not my native language. Best, George Tsakonopoulos.