Keeping Your Intake Air Cool With Snow Performance

“How to keep the intake air temperature cool?” is about as common of a question as “what type of oil to use?” The ability to keep intake air temperature (IAT) down has been paramount in preventing detonation, having to pull timing, and the biggest fear of all, losing horsepower! While products like the cold air intakes and ceramic coating have proved effective in naturally aspirated motors, forced induction adds another level of complexity as air temps skyrocket with the newfound boost.

Staying Chill

While intercoolers offer a method of reducing IAT, nothing has been as effective or easy to install as a water-methanol injection kit. Water-methanol injection kits are non-invasive and require minimal space consisting of a water-methanol tank, pump, controller, and a few lines. These kits can easily be hidden in the spare tire housing.

Instead of just cooling the charged air, water-methanol injection introduces an atomized mist to your intake. The mist creates cooler denser air resulting in an increase in pump gas octane rating, removal of carbon buildup. No one knows this better than Snow Performance!

Snow Performance

Since 2002 Snow Performance has been building the gold standard of what a proper water-methanol injection kit should be. Progressive controllers, AN lines, high PSI pumps and even throttle body plates with hypersonic nozzles are all being improved. Their acquisition in 2018 by Nitrous Express means that their product line has only elevated!

New from Snow Performance is their stage 2.5 kits for 2010-2015 Gen 5 Chevy Camaro SS 6.2L LS3/L99 engines and 102mm LS intakes. The kit comes complete with 2.5-gallon water-methanol cell, 300 psi pump, -4an fittings with braided lines, water-methanol injection throttle body spacer, 2 hypersonic nozzles, and progressive controller. The stage 2.5 takes the stage 1 Snow Performance kit up a notch with the addition of the VC-50 controller.

Picture is of a VC-50 controller.

The VC-50 is more than just a controller, users can view boost pressure, percentage of injection, low level, secondary nozzle activation, prime, and read fault codes.

In Control

The VC-50 controller is more than an “on” switch for liquid intercooling. It is a boost reference controller that allows variable injection dependent on boost pressure. You can program start and full points for precise engagement and delivery curve to match the engine’s needs, which improves drivability. While not controlling the injection, the VC-50’s 52mm OLED gauge allows the user to see boost pressure, percentage of injection, low level, secondary nozzle activation, prime button and read fault codes.

Verdict

The Snow Performance Stage 2.5 kit is more than just a band-aid for high intake air temps. Its ability to reduce intake temperature, carbon build-up, and detonation proves advantageous over the traditional intercooler. The boost in octane even rivals that of race gas. The install is easy and inconspicuous eliminating the need for expensive fabrication and invasive intercooler piping.

Kit includes:

  • Black Hard Anodized Fittings
  • Industry Leading 300 PSI UHO Pump
  • Boost Gauge and Adjustable Progressive Water-Methanol Controller All in One
  • 7 Color OLED Screen Displays Boost, Injection Percentage, Injection Error (s), Prime Button, Second Stage Activation, and Low Level
  • New Prime Feature Ensures Water-Methanol In Lines With Push of A Button
  • 4 Fault Modes (Clogged Line/Broken Line/Pump/Solenoid)
  • Level Switch Upgrade
  • 2 Proprietary Hypersonic Nozzles

For more information on this product and others, please visit Nitrous Express.com.

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James Elkins

Born into a household of motorsport lovers, James learned that wrenching takes priority over broken skin and damaged nerves. Passions include fixing previous owners’ mistakes, writing, and driving.
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