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Cooled Working: Pushing The Porsche 992’s Limits With CSF & Autowerks


It’s simple to take without any consideration simply how a lot growth goes into ‘correct’ modification.

However that’s additionally a testomony to doing a job correctly. As a tuner, you’re supposed to do the onerous work so the fortunate buyer can reap the advantages after. And within the case of Porsche 992 tuning, meaning further energy. Heaps of additional energy.

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Once I visited Bangkok just lately, I had the pleasure of spending a while with Warren Adulayavichitr and the workforce at Autowerks Asia to get a really feel for a way they function and what they do. As certainly one of Thailand’s greatest tuners, they’re accountable for a number of the wildest builds proper now.

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And meaning regularly searching for out the tech and merchandise which elevate their tuning to the following degree, such because the just lately developed CSF intercooler improve for the Porsche 992 Carrera platform.

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The automotive pictured right here is much from inventory already; it’s basically modified to a ‘Stage 2’ degree, which consists of an Akrapovič Evolution titanium exhaust and hyperlink pipe, IPD consumption plenum and BMC air filters (in addition to the all-important software program). The means an influence hike all the way in which to 550hp and 700Nm, which is greater than wholesome for an in any other case ‘base’ 992 Carrera.

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However energy isn’t the one focus right here. AP Racing discs and features deal with the additional stopping energy required, and HRE R101 cast wheels beef up the outside to match its efficiency. However what about if you wish to push the tuning envelope even additional; what occurs then?

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Ever since Porsche made the soar to a 3.0-liter turbo engine, it has (inevitably) introduced numerous potential into the aftermarket tuning scene. With fundamental mods 550hp is a wholesome end result, however swap out for greater turbos and also you’ll quickly be knocking on 700hp. Or as Warren from Autowerks helpfully explains, the “GT3 killer” package deal.

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Trendy engines are extremely environment friendly, so the second you start pushing them into critical energy ranges the necessity for cooling will increase exponentially. And that’s not only for the large horsepower builds; the identical goes for these wanting a extra track-focused construct too.

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So, what you’re right here is without doubt one of the first intercooler upgrades for the 992 Carrera, constructed and developed by CSF Radiators. With somewhat assist from Autowerks, it’s additionally the primary 992 in Thailand to be fitted with this equipment.

Naturally, Warren and the Autowerks workforce have been tremendous eager to see what advantages might be gained from the CSF improve. Time to get the intercooler fitted and reveal some correct numbers…

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For this specific check, Warren strapped the automotive to the dyno as a way to achieve a base end result. Autowerks use a SuperFlow Dynamometer, an extremely refined chassis dyno that ensures correct knowledge is gathered in real-time for exact tuning. After placing the 992 via a number of runs, the general room temperature was taken to be 28°C (82°F), which is price noting for once we see the ‘after’ figures.

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I’m at all times amazed by simply how tightly packaged fashionable Porsches are. It’s a testomony to Porsche’s engineering division, however a headache in relation to making an attempt to extrapolate extra cooling efficiency, as there merely isn’t the area to suit the most important cooler potential. We’re not within the ’90s anymore…

However fortunately, Ravi and the CSF workforce thrive on these form of challenges. By means of improved core expertise and packaging, they’re in a position to significantly enhance the movement and general space.

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You may see that right here with the inventory versus CSF models positioned side-by-side. Discover how the CSF unit manages to make the most of extra of the realm across the edges to maximise cooling. That additionally means the all-important manufacturing facility ducting may be retained, in addition to the intercooler using the entire inventory mounting factors to lead to a brilliant slick set up.

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CSF even embody becoming directions with each equipment to make set up as easy and straightforward as potential. Simply look how neat the intercooler appears to be like as soon as bolted in place – you’d be fooled for considering it was an OEM merchandise! However appears to be like are nothing except it’s bettering efficiency. Time to move again to the dyno…

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Thailand is a sizzling nation, and by this level within the day the air temperature inside Autowerks’ dyno room had risen to 33°C (91°F). Followers on to maintain the check as truthful as potential, the perfect we are able to do it convey the temperature all the way down to 29°C (84°F) – not supreme, however not too far off from our base degree.

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With the 992 going via a number of runs, it was instantly clear that – regardless of the hotter ambient temperature – the automotive was already working a lot cooler, even via the mid and excessive rev vary.

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The outcomes fairly actually converse for themselves. Energy is up all through the entire rev vary, with the most important positive aspects coming in between 3,500rpm and 4,000rpm – a further 32hp and 50Nm of torque simply from the intercooler improve. However in truth, the most important advantage of this CSF improve isn’t simply the facility improve – it’s the power to take care of constant energy (and temperatures) run after run.

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“From our personal testing on the 992 Turbo and RS6 coolers – which use related core specs – the most important delta between CSF and OEM is that the efficiency from the OEM coolers deteriorates rapidly after a number of dyno runs,” Ravi at CSF explains. “Evaluate that to the CSF coolers they usually stayed constant from the primary run proper via to the fifth. That is particularly helpful for monitor automobiles, drag automobiles and even quick highway automobiles. There’s no energy loss due to warmth soak.”

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Whereas it’ll come as no shock that an uprated intercooler will increase energy, it’s superior to see that – even with automobiles as environment friendly and tightly packaged because the 992 Carrera – producers like CSF are nonetheless in a position to push the boundaries leaving the door broad open for tuners like Autowerks to proceed growth.

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We regularly look again at eras of tuning with rose-tinted specs, and when you may argue a 992 Porsche doesn’t really want anymore energy, if we’d all adopted that perspective there wouldn’t be a tuning trade to take pleasure in. So we salute CSF and Autowerks; if our time with ICE engines are restricted, we might as properly take pleasure in them to their absolute restrict.

Due to Warren at Autowerks and Ravi at CSF for serving to coordinate this shoot. Keep tuned for extra from Bangkok!

Rick Muda
Instagram: ardskellig



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