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Better Cooling = More Power. Tech Tip
Warm temperatures can take a great toll on how your vehicle performs. While you transform your car, it is time to get out there and unleash that beast. But donít forget that a cool running car will give you the best performance for your racing needs. A lot of drivers forget that your cooling system is your best friend. Whether your car is normally aspirated or has forced induction, upgrading your radiator, radiator hoses, and using an additive will make a world of difference.
I have run many different radiators in our project cars. From Agency Power, PWR, Koyo, our vehicles require proper cooling to keep our high power racing cars going. The aluminum radiators have a much thicker core then stock. Designed to use stock fans and fit in place of OEM applications, the aluminum radiator is a bolt on necessity. With a larger cooling surface, you can drop engine temps by 25F degrees or more. This will translate into a large increase of power as there will be less likely a result of detonation or engine inefficiency. To help the aluminum radiators flow the coolant, we also recommend using silicone radiator hoses. Agency Power, Gates, and Samco have kits available for most vehicles. Not only do they look better, the hoses are much more durable then the stock rubber hose. Corrosion of the stock hoses or even fault clamps that chew into the rubber OEM hose can cause leaks. While road racing, drag racing, or drifting, you will become vulnerable to over heating which could lead to a blown motor!
Now once your radiator and radiator hoses are dialed, what moves through the system is very important. Some cars will use special coolant, but be sure you put the correct fluid in for your car. Motul MoCOOL is an additive which reduces coolant temperatures by as much as 30ļF. This liquid product can be used to provide rust and corrosion protection in plain water for racing engines, which provides much better heat transfer properties than glycol-based antifreeze. Anything you can do to keep the temps lower will better serve your car in the long run.
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