Inlet Manifolds

Inlet Manifolds 2017-07-26T15:10:27+00:00

Thermal management for inlet manifolds

Engine compartment heat is just one force lowering a car and motorcycles performance, from reduced horsepower, to breaking down fluids, to disrupting ignition and increasing wear. Of course, tuning an engine for extra horsepower intensifies the heat production so exacerbating the problem.

It’s quite common for engine compartment temperatures to be above ambient even when the car or motorcycle is in motion. The greatest source of heat in an engine compartment is the exhaust system with gas temperatures in high performance cars reaching as much as 900oC. The most effective way to counteract this problem and retain heat within the exhaust system is the use of a thermal barrier coating such as Zircotec’s Performance Range.

A thermal barrier coating which keeps heat within a pipe will also keep heat out; by minimising heat transfer into an inlet manifold resulting in a lower air intake temperatures for increased power output.

Zircotec Performance Range™, which utilises a proprietary mix of zirconia ceramics, can significantly reduce heat transfer into an inlet manifold thereby keeping air temperatures lower with a potential increase in power.

Available in a range of colours or with an aluminium surface finish to further enhance reflection of radiant heat, Zircotec’s Performance Range of coatings is:

A robust fit-and-forget coating – Our ceramic coating is bonded to the substrate using our proprietary metal bond system.

Ultra high level of thermal protection – With a very low thermal conductivity to significantly reduce heat transfer.

Highly efficient yet lightweight – Only 0.3mm thick (0.012″ thick) with minimal weight gain.

Lower air intake temperatures – Increasing engine power.

Our coatings come with a 1 year motorsport warranty period irrespective of whether the underlying system is new or used.