Sneak Peek: Mike Essa and GSR Autosport’s E46 Build



The turbo outlet is connected to the intercooler with custom endtanks.  A v-band connection allows for quick installation and removal which may be necessary in the world of Formula Drift competition.  It all tucks in neatly behind the front crash bar.


The front intercooler is massive with the front crash bar providing protection.  Note there is still a flow path above the intercooler for fresh cool air to get to the radiator.


The discharge side has a larger diameter pipe.  Looking back a bit, you can see how the front crash bar bolts to the chassis.  I guess this should allow for a quick removal and repair if necessary.


The big discharge pipe from the intercooler goes to this massive intake manifold from DOC Race.  HPS hose couplers handle all the connections on the car.  A Synapse blow-off valve is mounted to the pipe before the intake plenum to do the blowing-off (I know, I’m so clever).


Keeping coolant temperatures under control is a humongous CSF radiator.


Two Setrab oil coolers maintain other fluid temperatures (I’m guessing oil and tranny or power steering) to reasonable levels.  Remember, to finish first, first you must finish (or something like that).  Earl’s lines and fittings handle the connections.


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