Thought everybody would be interested in this.
From: Brian M Kennedy
To: E36M3 Digest
Subject: [E36M3] LandShark Intake REVEALED!
Date: Thu, 01 Apr 1999 03:23:25 -0600
Sorry, Jim -- I just cannot contain myself any longer.
I hope Jim has a good sense of _humor_, or he may hate me after this...
I saw Jim at Gateway Tech. He told me to keep it quiet for one week, (while they finish up testing -- the numbers are too good to be true), but he let me in on the early tests of his new intake system. Awesome. It is currently held up from release due to one of his parts suppliers. When I found out he had a couple kits in his car, I asked him how much
one would cost. He said about $400 -- when they're available. I offered him 5X the price to sell me one now -- and to my surprise, he agreed.
Of course, in my jubilation, I immediately left Gateway and headed back home to install my new toy.
The install was a bit involved. The unit is ingenious. It draws air from a scoop mounted where an intercooler might go if you had forced induction; I bet it uses some of the same pieces that'll be in Jim's supercharger kit whenever that appears. It necks down and back out like a jet engine,
with a little twist. The cone filter is this long pointy design that is designed to fit into the jet outlet. Jim said it produces much more HP above about 25mph.... and man, does it! The hard part was some pieces that fit into the intake and are designed to maintain higher air pressures
via some clever valving. But, after a few mis-cues, I got it done.
I have a G-Cube with G-Dyno software (it has two accelerometers and thus >can accuratley compensate for body roll and such, unlike the G-Tech) and did before and after dyno runs. _Unbelievable_. I was pulling 212hp before; 263hp after!!! 51hp!! And that's at the rear wheels. The difference at the flywheel would be more. And those are right in line with the numbers Jim quoted me.
After dark, I did several 0-60 runs on one of the back roads near my home. Before: 5.6s; after: 4.8s. I tried to do a 1/4 mi run, but had to break it off a little short when I hit 105 and my radar went off (speed limit=35). The little kids playing football in the median were cheering pretty
loud, so I decided it might be a bit conspicuous to try again. But before the mod, I did good to get 97mph in the quarter. _Ridiculous_!
And it would be even faster if it had the same pickup at lower speeds as the jet effect gives at higher speeds. Jim said that there is an optional fan that you can install at the front of the jet to give you more HP at lower speeds. I chose not to use that since it is illegal in CSP.
Anyway, once Jim's part supplier problem is fixed (Jim guessed late _April_), anyone not buying this are simply _fools_. Jim is a genius!
Have a nice _day_ -- I am!! ;^)