When we shipped the Corolla off to Custom Plenum Creations a few weeks ago it was originally to get the charge piping, turbo intakes and front air dam fabricated and mounted up but as you can see in the photo above, we ended up bringing home a few extras to say the least...
While from the beginning the plan was to stick with the factory LS2 intake, after getting up close and personal with one of CPC's new all-billet LS intake setups the week prior, well you can kind of guess what happened...It was love at first site!
We kinda started to get the same feeling from Ariel as we sat down and ran through some details on the work we needed done and the overall plan for the car. Keen to have an ongoing part in the build, we come to the conclusion that the OEM plastic intake would be given the flick and a billet item would take its place.
Watching the 4-piece design of the intake itself come together was simply awesome. Taking a few solid blocks of alloy and turning them into the automotive artwork you see here takes quite a lot of work and know-how on the CNC but these guys make it look easy.
We always had the plan to keep everything under the factory bonnet so the boys made some custom adjustment just for this application to bring the height down close to the factory intake. You won't get that kind of thing from mass production manufacturers. At least without paying a tonne more.
The finished product is simply jaw-dropping and will undoubtedly flow a hell of a lot better than the factory item.
With the intake sorted Ariel got onto fabricating the charge piping with clamp mount conversion on the LS2 electronic throttle body and mounting up the dual Turbosmart RacePort BOVs
Another adjustment that was made to the intake just for us was the angle of the throttle body flange being tilted down a few more degrees to allow the big 4"charge pipe to clear the factory radiator support.
Next up was the turbo intakes and air dam for the front of the car. 4" intake pipes run to a pair of bell-mouths that sit just behind the grille.
These feed air directly into the turbos with the air dam preventing air from entering the engine bay and creating unwanted turbulence when racing that can effect the cars quarter mile performance. This can easily be removed for Powewrcruise duties where extra cooling is always a benefit.
With the work finished with time to spare, we even had a chance to set up the bull horn tips on the dump pipes.
Not only do they look tough but they will also in theory aid in keeping the car's front end on the ground.
before taking the car home we decided to put it on display at the Monthly Meet to show off the new work. The car had people scratching their heads and picking their jaws off the floor all night which is exactly the kind of reactions we're looking for.
So for now that's it but we'll be getting straight back into it soon as we move onto the fuel system. Stay tuned for more updates as they come. - Jason