( CSF #8233/8233B/8233C )
By: Ravi Dolwani – Founding Owner & Lead Engineer of CSF Race
CSF S58 “Level-Up” Charge-Air-Cooler Manifold
Table of Contents / Quick links:
- Prologue – Message From the Owner of CSF
- Press Release Introduction
- CSF / PWR Strategic Partnership
- Bar/Plate Charge-Air-Cooler Design and Performance Benefits
- Manifold Design & Features
- CFD Analysis & Dyno Testing
- TÜV Certification
- Custom Color Options
- It’s Time to “Level-Up”
- Spec List, Part Number, and Pricing Information
- Featured Media (Videos, Articles, etc)
Prologue – Message From the Owner of CSF
Let me start by saying; It’s been a while since I last wrote a press release…With so many products being released on a monthly basis, CSF’s marketing team handles all of our releases on an almost weekly basis. I really only get involved with passing along the technical specs to begin with and final approvals at the end.
This product release is going to be different. I felt that as the owner, I had to step in to write this particular one. This is the reason it’s taken so long to publish. We officially released our BMW S58 billet intake-manifold at SEMA 2022 at the beginning of November, and it’s been on the market for ~5 months (at the time of this being published: March 30th – 2023). I wanted to get this out sooner, but I have a lot going on – it’s not an excuse, it’s the reason. Running a large company, the birth of my first baby who is now 10 months old, end-of-year holidays, trade shows, work travel, family issues, closing out the year, covering for employees being sick or on vacation. The list goes on…To summarize, it takes a while for an owner to get 12-13 hours of uninterrupted time to put something like this together.
G8X M3/M4s Featuring the CSF 3-Piece Power Cooling Package
We started development of this new manifold back in November 2021, finished our first successful test-fit on IND Distribution’s BRG M4 in August 2022, and were on the dyno a couple of months later testing a production version in October 2022. I’ve been collecting data, pictures, specs, and compiling the logs and graphs with my engineering team throughout the entire process of development. I finally had some time to start writing this on the plane to Japan for Tokyo Auto Salon 2023 in January when I was traveling for the debut of this product’s official Asia release.
We’re about to deliver manifold #100, and I made it a goal to have this press release published before that part ships out – So here I am in the middle of March. I’ve cleared my schedule, and have finally dedicated the time needed to give this release my personal attention in an effort to publish something special. Something that compliments and showcases the product I’m most proud of so far in my career.
Let’s take a step back on why I’m writing this product release. There are several reasons why I felt it had to come from me.
#1 – The stakes are high on this one
Our BMW S58 manifold has become our new “halo” product. It’s the most challenging cooling product we’ve ever designed and manufactured. Personally, I have 100’s of hours invested into the design, test-fitment sessions, engineering reports, R&D meetings, dyno testing, race partnerships, and so forth. That’s just my time, not to forget the effort and countless hours from my engineering support staff, CSF’s motorsports department, and the high-level engineers from PWR we worked alongside with on a daily basis for months to bring this industry-best manifold to market.
#2 – The Cost
It’s also the most expensive product we’ve ever released just shy of $7,000 USD – We’ve already gotten questions on “why it’s so expensive?“, and if the performance justifies the price tag. We knew there would be sticker shock with this one, so I’m here to lay it all out as transparent as possible for all of the potential buyers and interested motorsports enthusiasts of the BMW S58 platform.
#3 – BMW Cooling is “our” market
CSF is the #1 BMW cooling brand in the world. It’s our largest segment, and we pride ourselves on our reputation of being at the top of the BMW community from motorsports to the show scene. We’re in it – We’re at the shows, we’re at the races, we support the community with race and show sponsorships, host our own events, share knowledge, build our own BMW vehicles, etc. There is a lot of chatter on the internet from small-time competitors and their fan boys trying to throw shade on CSF and claim “being the best” and “being better than CSF”, even after they copied some of our design features after seeing our initial prototype teasers. I see all of it, and have been putting it in my memory bank and waiting for the right time to put it all out there – here it is…
CSF’s “Level-Up” BMW S58 Billet Intake-manifold with built in Charge-Air-Cooler and port-injection capabilities – For G80 M3 / G82 M4 / G87 M2 / F97 X3M / F98 X4M
The BMW S58 engine found in the 2021+ G80 M3, G82 M4, F97 X3M, F98 X4M and upcoming G87 M2, is a powerhouse engine – it’s more than impressive. It takes everything from the previous industry darling, the B58 engine, and turns it up a notch. Combined with the option for all-wheel drive (xDrive), you’re arguably looking at the next “go-to” platform for big power in competitive motorsports for the next 5-10 years. Similar to what the Nissan GT-R became through the decade of the 2010’s. CSF again wanted to lead the way with this new BMW engine platform for cooling modifications. Particularly those needed to support power levels of 800+hp. Equally important was to future proof our 3-piece package for cars wanting to exceed 1200hp as the platform advances and matures. The center of it all is the CSF by PWR billet intake manifold with built in water-to-air charge-air-cooler.
The two best motorsports cooling companies in the world team up again for another industry leading product.
We tapped into our unique and growing strategic partnership with PWR, who specializes in super-high performance, low volume motorsports cooling manufacturing. PWR supplies all the cooling for the F1 Grid, many teams in WRC, MotoGP, and NASCAR to name a few. They’ve become the perfect engineering and manufacturing partner for CSF over the past 3 years to help bring limited production items like this manifold to the performance aftermarket. All made in the USA, entirely built in-house with proper leak-testing procedures and product documentation on every single manifold before it ships.
Ask the competition if they undergo any of these procedures (more on this later)
Both CSF and PWR are certified, tier-1 OEM cooling system manufacturers. This is why it works… There is an immense level of respect between both companies as partners. Both acknowledge the successes of each other’s companies in our respective markets globally; PWR being the leader in competitive professional motorsports, military, aero space, and super high performance OEM cooling. CSF being a leader in the high-performance aftermarket, OEM, Agricultural, and Industrial segments. We both understand the nitty gritty nuances of heat transfer technology and manufacturing, all the way to the granular level of micron thicknesses in core specifications and how it all works. Not just with testing in our in-house wind-tunnels and computer simulations, but also validating in real-world racing and performance driving conditions.
What CSF has brought to the table for this S58 intake manifold:
- Design conception
- Implementation of product features
- All test-fitment sessions done by me personally, alongside our engineering and motorsports departments. In conjunction with development partner Studio RSR
- Development of the proprietary thermal rejection spacer made from patented KYLEX™ material
- Development and machining of the hardware, port injection fuel kit, and water kit that accompany the manifold for a true plug-and-play installation. Including the creation of the step-by-step instruction manual with Bill of Materials (BOM) and technical diagrams.
- Dyno testing sessions to collect performance data compared to OEM. Including third-party controlled and validated results by MotoIQ.com
- Consulting of race teams, premier dealers, and tuners to implement their feedback in the effort to make the best part possible
- The buying power and stocking abilities to actually bring this product to market on both a domestic and global scale
- Customer and after sales support
What PWR brought to the table for this S58 intake manifold:
- CAD modeling of the intake manifold design
- 3D printing of prototypes for test-fitment
- CFD analysis to validate air-flow and performance characteristics of the design
- Technical lead and manufacturing of the “counter-flow” bar/plate core
- Manufacturing of the individual CNC billet components
- TIG welding of the entire manifold assembly
- Quality control, individual leak testing, and packaging of the product
Bar/Plate Charge-Air-Cooler Design and Performance Benefits
So why is the CSF by PWR “Level-Up” BMW S58 Billet Intake-manifold better than anything else available on the market? Let’s break this down into the following main categories.
- The custom-spec, Air-to-Water, Charge-Air-Cooler, Bar/Plate Core
- The CNC billet manifold design
- Proprietary thermal rejection spacer made from patented KYLEX™ material
- Plug-and-play port injection and installation kit
- Quality Control and Leak Testing
1. The custom-spec, Air-to-Water, Charge-Air-Cooler, Bar/Plate Core
|OEM BMW Charge-Air-Cooler Specs||CSF Charge Air-Cooler-Specs|
|Weight||4.68 kg (10.32 lbs)||7.42 kg (16.36 lbs)|
|Airside Fin height||5.75 mm||2.43 mm|
|Waterside Fin Height||2.75 mm||2.00 mm|
|Core Size||142 mm x 230 mm x 99 mm|
|152mm x 239 mm x 110 mm|
3996.08cc (23.6% more volume)
The CSF by PWR bar/plate intercooler core is far superior to not only the OEM extruded tube/fin core, but also without a doubt, will outperform any competitor in the performance aftermarket by a long shot. Let’s first discuss the competitive advantages of the CSF by PWR core, and then we’ll pick apart the competition using their own published information.
The CSF by PWR Advantage
PWR manufactures this core in-house at its tier-1 OEM manufacturing facility in Indianapolis, USA. Each core is built by hand to aero-space level specifications and tolerances. What separates the core technology of PWR from the rest of the world is its ability to source and use extremely lightweight and thin materials in its cores. This allows for the absolute highest level of thermal transfer between the charge-air, and the water used as the medium to absorb the heat out of the charge air from the turbo. When combining the higher efficiency of the core design with an increase in core volume of ~25%, the result is the best-in-class cooling solution for the BMW S58 engine. This is not an opinion, it’s science and math. The logs in our testing section prove all of this.
Because of the delicate and thin material used in the manufacturing of these cores, they’re painstakingly slow to build. An experienced factory technician can build only about five of these a day. The cost of labor for the core building is the main factor for the high price of this manifold. A qualified technician who has the skill set to build these types of cores correctly, efficiently, and consistently is not cheap. Furthermore, because of the thinness of the materials used in these cores, it takes an exceptional and experienced welder to be able to weld these cores to the aluminum end tanks properly.
The temperature control and steadiness required by the welder to not blow through a cladding sheet that is only .3mm thick is on another level when it comes to being an experienced fabricator. Experienced Welders who can do this reliably are extremely expensive in the USA labor market. What you’re paying for is not just the actual product, but the labor and skill that is required to make such an exceptional product. I hope that my explanation on all of this really helps people understand why this product is so expensive.
Core Key Features
- Both air-side & water-side thickness of the fin is .08mm, ~50% of the thickness of a conventional bar/plate core.
- Air side bar w/ cladding is 5.35mm tall. Compared to ~7.5mm tall of a conventional bar/plate core, ~30% shorter allowing for more rows of both water and air to be built into the core design for more surface area contact, resulting in better heat dissipation
- Cladding sheet from PWR is .3mm thick, ~50% of the thickness of a conventional bar/plate core.
- Fins per inch: Air side 28 FPI, ~100% more than the conventional bar/plate core, typically 15 FPI. Uses a rolled fin measuring 2.43mm tall. A rolled fin has more surface area contact against the water-side cladding sheets at the apex of each point where it’s brazed together compared to a serpentine style fin (think zig zag design)
- Fins per inch: Water side 26 FPI (vs. conventional bar/plate core ~18 FPI). The inside turbulator is LOT Style (lance-off-turbulator) with a 2.00mm Fin height. This type of turbulator scatters the water molecules inside the core for more surface area contact against the air-side cladding sheets.
- Side end plates are only 1.5mm each, and the extrusions used at the end of each row are ultra-lightweight and pocketed. These extrusions are only 3mm wide on both the water and air side of the core, maximizing the amount of core volume which is used for heat transfer. Just enough to weld tanks on by a very experienced and talented welder.
Why Bar/Plate vs. Tube/Fin
Along with the performance benefits listed above, there are two main reasons why a bar/plate core was selected to be used for this application:
- Bar/plate cores have a much higher burst pressure rating and can take the stress of boost spikes much better than tube/fin core. CSF has done its best to “future-proof” this manifold and expect the platform to gravitate and push to boost pressures of 45+ PSI, and eventually will get to 60+ PSI. Tube/Fin cores are not meant for this type of boost pressure
- Tube/Fin cores have a header plate design that requires a certain amount of area around the tubes for the plate that is welded to the tanks to extend outwards from vs. a Bar/Plate design which is built all the way to the edge of both the water side and air side of the core. In an application like the BMW S58 engine that is limited by the available space for proper installation of the manifold (with no modifications), CSF & PWR wanted to maximize all of the available area in the core section of the manifold for heat transfer to achieve the best possible performance with low pressure drop characteristics.
When it comes to achieving the best thermal transfer efficiency in a charge-air-cooler, the preferred method is a counter-flow designed core: In the counter-flow arrangement, the water and air enter at opposite ends, flow in opposite directions, and leave at opposite ends.
We don’t want to give all of our secrets away, but there is a tremendous amount of science and experience that has gone into the water-flow structure of the inlet & outlet “quick-connect” fittings and water inlet tube of the CSF manifold. The shape of the machined part increases the velocity of the water entering the core, and allows the water to travel in two different directions against the charge air that is entering from the throttle body.
CSF vs. the Competition
Normally I would never do this. It’s not my style to call out any competitors on false claims used in their marketing. I typically don’t respond to negativity thrown our way. All it does is just shed light on clout-chaser companies that we compete against. However, the gloves have come off for this one.
I’m just going to call it as I see it – One of our competitors (We’ll refer to them as “Competitor R” from here) went to a “German” manufacturer, to have their core built for them. Unknowingly to them, they still don’t realize that this “German” manufacturer (We’ll refer to them as “Competitor W” from here) doesn’t make their own cores, but they’re sourced from a third party in China. I’ve been to the factory that makes cores for this manufacturer, and I’ve seen them being made with my own eyes. Regardless of this fact, Competitor R goes on to say (in their own marketing taken from their website – see below), that there is a reason, with a performance benefit, that they’ve adjusted to less efficiency than OEM specs. This is a flat out lie. Less rows on both the air and water side of the core, less surface area contact between the tubes/fins equals less performance and efficiency when comparing similar size cores.
Breaking Down the Details
Competitor W is purchasing the highest performance core spec their supplier has available, and re-selling it to Competitor R. There is a significant cost associated with new header plate tooling for a new core specification in a tube/fin configuration. Not to mention the cutters involved with a new fin height size which are upwards of $50,000 if done properly. “If” either Competitor W or Competitor R are getting any type of performance gain from their manifolds, it’s simply because of the increase in core volume compensating enough for the less efficient core they’ve decided to use.
I’ve marked some notes in red over the published data from Competitor R’s website. They’ve stated that they needed to increase the fin height because higher pressures create more restriction – that’s absolute nonsense from a technical perspective. The CSF by PWR core has 75% more channels that are less than half the height as the OEM, and the pressure drop data is better or equivalent to the OEM core throughout all of our testing. They say this because they’re trying to spin their inability of not being able to make a bespoke engineered core in-house.
This is what happens when you’re a small machine shop trying to make cooling products with limitations of not being a cooling expert, compared to two OEM supplier level companies filled with engineers specializing in thermal dynamics. If they really believed in the BS they’re trying to sell, then why for their B58 manifold are they using a bar/plate core instead? Simply sourcing whatever they can hands on, not the absolute best option like CSF is.
2. The CNC billet manifold design
CSF has more experience in designing BMW Charge Air Coolers than any other aftermarket company. Between our coolers for the S55, S63, and B58 we have sold thousands of coolers. Each one of those products went through rigorous design, testing, and revisions during and sometimes after release. The CSF #8200 B58 “Super” Manifold is still a best seller and we’ve taken everything we learned from that manifold and applied it to the S58.
The CSF manifold is machined from the highest quality billet aluminum and TIG welded to form a solid one piece manifold. There are multiple benefits to this construction method.
CSF has the largest plenum volume The joining of sections on any part can take up some space. Depending on the joining method, the required space will vary. In the case of the CSF Radiator, TIG Welding the billet aluminum sections together offers the strongest and most space efficient method. If you look inside the plenum and runners you can see the smooth transitions between each piece that maintains the smoothest airflow and the largest volume possible.
While looking at the factory plastic manifold, you can see the space taken up by the gasketed joins and strengthening lattice work. In the CSF Billet design, this wasted space is used to increase the plenum volume and optimize airflow. Competitor R’s manifold by contrast has a much smaller plenum volume despite being CNC Billet design.
Welded not Gasketed
Gaskets have their place in automotive engineering and construction. There is nothing inherently wrong with them as they are necessary for countless applications. However, in the case of manifold construction, they have their drawbacks. The required provisions for securing two pieces of a manifold with a gasket require additional space and materials. The extra material inside the plenum for bolts to secure two pieces of the manifold together reduces plenum volume.
Additionally, the gasket creates an extra weak point. For those running modest boost increases this may not be an issue, but CSF knows many BMW owners want to push for the most performance possible. This is why CSF elected the strongest construction possible to give our customers the strongest and most durable manifold possible.
Also, not all CNC machining is of the same quality. You can see the rougher cuts on the Competitor R Manifold within the plenum compared to CSF. The finer and smoother cuts offer smoother airflow but add to production costs. Every small detail like this was looked at when engineering the S58 Manifold to offer customers the best product possible.
Water Flow + Bleeder
Water flow is just as important as air flow in an Air-To-Water system. Many companies will focus on the flow capabilities of their intercooler core, but forget to consider the flow in and out of the manifold. CSF spent extra time engineering and developing the water inlet and outlet channels for the intercooler core. The design ensures the most even flow of water through the cooler for optimal heat dissipation.
The water line quick connections on the core have enlarged inner diameters to improve flow. Reducing the restrictions here as much as possible returns the best possible flow for the air-to-water system. Better flow means the whole system can take advantage of not only the improved core, but also supporting systems like an upgraded heat exchanger (CSF #8215).
CSF also added a bleeder valve at the top of the charge air cooler to make the installation process a lot easier. Anyone who has installed a charge-air-cooler knows the frustration of getting all the air out. This bleeder value speeds up the process immensely and adds peace of mind that the system is properly bled before start up.
Proper airflow is essential for performance and reliability for any engine. This becomes even more important as you start tuning for a lot more power. If you have uneven air distribution between the plenum and runners you can have some cylinders not getting enough air and leading to potentially catastrophic failure. CSF and PWR used advanced CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) Software to engineer the airflow through the plenum. Special air guides were added to ensure each cylinder gets full airflow.
While the plenum can function fine without such air guides, CSF went the extra mile knowing customers will be pushing the S58 platform far past what BMW intended. The extra precaution is just one of many features that make the CSF “Level Up” Manifold stand out from the competition.
OEM+ Fit and Installation
CSF Prides itself on designing and offering drop in fit cooling solutions that require no modifications to install. The CSF S58 “Level Up” Charge Air Cooler Manifold is no exception to that design philosophy. Special care was taken to ensure the simplest installation process possible with the finest attention to details.
Brackets and Stays
No one likes having to leave factory harnesses and hoses unsecured after installing a new part. Every wire and wire have been accounted for with OEM+ style mounting provisions. Many of these details are exclusive to the CSF Manifold.
- Stand-offs on top of the plenum secure the emissions lines (exclusive).
- The included removable engine cover mounting pin matches the billet finish perfectly (exclusive)
- CSF’s front wire harness mounting bracket is adjustable for better fit and easier installation (exclusive). The design matches the OEM bracket for a perfect OEM fit and includes holes for the OEM harness clips to secure to.
- The hose clip harness stay on the side of the manifold keeps the emissions line secure and in place (exclusive).
- The overflow tank is securely mounted in the factory location and reuses the factor grommet for the lower mounting point.
O-Rings / Gaskets
Each intake runner is machined for the OEM O-Rings with the factory style “teeth” to secure them (exclusive feature). This keeps the O-Rings from falling out during prep and installation. The Billet dowel pins between runners 1 and 2 as well as 5 and 6 both help secure the Thermal Rejection Competition Spacer. They also help keep the manifold aligned while bolting it into place. All in all, these features will make installation far less frustrating and were developed after test fit installs before final production.
Additionally, the Thermal Rejection Competition Spacer acts as a gasket between the cylinder head and the manifold. The precision machining and production of the spacer creates a perfect seal on top of the insulation properties. Competitor R’s Phenolic spacer does not meet the same standard forcing them to use aftermarket O-Rings in addition to the factory ones to create a positive seal between the manifold and cylinder head.
Nitrous / Methanol Ports
The CSF Manifold also features individual 1/8″ NPT ports on the underside of each intake runner. These ports can be used for Nitrous or Methanol injection. Not only is the location of the ports optimal for directly injecting your preferred go fast juice, but they are also hidden from plain view. This allows for a stealthy installation that is easy to conceal from unwanted attention.
Each port comes plugged with Steel 1/8″ NPT bungs for those who do not wish to run Nitrous or Methanol.
F97 X3M / F98 X4m / G87 M2 Compatibility
While designing and developing the S58 Manifold, CSF put in the extra legwork of securing a X3M/X4M Manifold. Since the G8X Platform and F9X X3M/X4M are both powered by the S58 but have different OEM part numbers for the manifold, it was important to understand the differences. There is an extra intake plenum connection on the front of the plenum. A threaded port was added with a block off -10 ORB bung or -10 ORB Quick Connect. This port can also be used for an optional blow off valve on G8X Platforms.
With the recent release of the G87 M2, CSF was able to confirm the OEM part number of the Charge Air Cooler Manifold. The new M2 uses the same OEM part number as the G8X M3/M4 and we already have one in transit for a first install.
Other Quality Features
Vacuum and Parameter Pad
A feature that was added to the B58 “Super” Manifold (CSF #8200) due to popular demand was a 3 Port Pad. This allowed customers to run extra sensors and provided additional vacuum sources. With such positive feedback for the feature CSF decided to include it from the start on the S58 Manifold. Located on the side of the plenum, it is easy to access and offers plenty of room for your chosen accessories.
ORB Fitting Machining
There are two -10 ORB (O-Ring Boss) Fittings machined into the manifold. The lower is for crankcase ventilation and is standard use on all applications. ORB was chosen for its optimal sealing performance and the tolerances the fittings can produce. The Hard Anodized thin wall aluminum quick connect hose fittings offer the thinnest possible spec while being incredibly strong. This removes the potential restriction in air flow, an optimal seal, and the modularity to block off either fitting with included -10 ORB bungs.
Oil Filter Recess
Have you ever done an oil change and wondered why some jerk decided to make the oil filter impossible to get to? Well, you’re not alone. CSF wanted to avoid this type of frustration and included a special indent for easier oil filter access into the manifold. While this might seem like an obvious design feature to some, not all of our competitors are as thoughtful.
The designed protrusion above the recess was tested with CFD software to ensure smooth air delivery into the rear runners for the best possible airflow. The CSF Manifold is the only one to offer this feature and the only one that can run aftermarket oil filter caps.
The Full Package
The CSF S58 “Level-Up” Charge-Air-Cooler Manifold comes with everything you need to install and setup. The only thing not included are injectors as most customers will select their preferred choice and required size based on their build. Injector information can be found here: Plug and Play Port Injection
There is also a complete instruction guide for both professional installers and ambitious DIYers. Like all CSF Products, this kit is a true “drop-in fit” installation.
3. KIYLEX® Thermal Rejection Competition Spacer
Made from KIYLEX®, a patented revolutionary high-performance final stage polymer. KIYLEX® is as strong as aluminum and can withstand temperatures up to 1100°F. This spacer is designed to insulate the intake manifold from conductive heat transfer from the cylinder head.
This thermal barrier reduces manifold temperatures which helps lower Intake Air Temperatures (IATs), improve charge air cooler efficiency, and combats heat soak. CSF is the exclusive distributor for the KIYLEX® Intake Manifold Spacer for the S58 and B58 Motor.
How it works and why you need it
The addition of the Thermal Rejection Spacer is especially useful for Drag/Roll-Racing Events where vehicles typically sit in staging lanes in-between racing. This causes extreme heat soak to the liquid-to-air manifold as there is not sufficient airflow passing over the front mount heat exchanger when the car is idling (which is responsible for cooling the charge air fluid that runs through the manifold). This causes the starting IATs on subsequent runs to be higher than on the initial run.
The Billet Aluminum and 100% TIG Welded construction offers incredible strength, which allows the manifold to withstand higher boost pressures compared to the OEM plastic manifold. However, aluminum has higher thermal conductivity than plastic resulting in a higher rate of heat transfer between the cylinder head and manifold. Thermal Rejection Spacer reduces heat transfer between the two metal components (cylinder head & manifold). The spacer absorbs the heat from the cylinder head and dissipates it rather than transferring it to the manifold.
Not Created Equal
The use of thermal barriers between manifolds and cylinder heads is nothing novel. Enthusiasts, Tuners, and Race teams have been using them for decades. The technology has come a long way over the years though and not everyone has caught up. Fiber impregnated phenolic resin is effective, however a bit cheap and crude compared to modern technology like KIYLEX®.
So what are Phenolics? Phenolics are resins that do NOT DISSIPATE HEAT but can only WITHSTAND HEAT. While blocking the heat transfer from the cylinder head will keep your manifold cooler, it will also make you cylinder hotter. Keeping that heat in the entire system is not wholly beneficial. Instead you are simply redirecting the issue of heat built up. CSF’s exclusive KIYLEX® spacer dissipates that extra heat lowering the temperature of the overall system and keeps your manifold from heat soaking.
KIYLEX is Self-Sealing, requires NO gaskets vs phenolic spacers which require additional O-Rings, Gaskets, or Sealant.
4. Plug and Play Port Injection
Every manifold includes an extruded fuel rail that has been machined to offer maximum flow for any applicable injector size. Whether you want to run standard pump gas, race gas, or E85, the fuel rail will work with your system. The AN-8 fuel rail comes with -8 internal hex plug fitting to use if running an OE style feed only fuel system but can be removed for a fuel system upgrade with fuel return.
- Fuel rail aperture for each cylinder is an optimized 7mm opening for compatibility with most commonly used high performance injectors.
- CSF recommends using Injector Dynamics (ID) injectors for the best performance – the most commonly used injector for this engine has been ID model # 1050.34.14.14.6 (qty 6).
5. Quality Control, Leak Testing, and Packaging
One of the main reasons that CSF has partnered up with PWR and PWR North America is their ability to properly QC and leak test all of the CSF products they manufacture. As a fellow Tier-1 OEM Supplier with numerous ISO certifications, CSF is confident in the quality control procedures that PWR has implemented to make sure every single manifold that is approved for final packaging has undergone a strict and thorough check list of items to ensure only the absolute best parts are being shipped to CSF customers around the world.
Each core undergoes a light test as well as a visual inspection after being brazed in their in-house CAB (Controlled Atmosphere Brazing) oven. Each core then has the end plates, inlet water channel, and OEM Quick-Connects welded onto the unit. At this time, each unit is then pressure checked under water at 80 PSI for a continuous 5 minutes to ensure there are no leaks in the core. Our competitors are not cooling manufacturers, and although I’m sure they try their best to implement some type of leakage test, it’s definitely not at a production / factory level like PWR is able to achieve.
After welding on the air side tanks (Throttle body side for the inlet and plenum and runner for the outlet), the unit is then again pressure checked to again make sure there are no leaks from the welding process. Every threaded port on the manifold is checked by a single QC manager, every hole is checked for possible additional deburring, and all fine metal shavings are vacuumed and eliminated from the unit.
Furthermore every manifold is then inspected for any material handling defects which may have comprised the best-in class and flawless raw aluminum billet finish that we’re proud to offer as standard. The port injection kit, all installation hardware, and instructions are actually packaged and QC’d by CSF, then sent to PWR to have packaged along with the manifold during final assembly. Lastly the factory level production packaging using a high-level sealed air system ensures that the CSF by PWR S58 manifold will be delivered anywhere in the world without damage or defect.
CFD Analysis & Dyno Testing
CFD Testing & analysis
With over a year of development and testing there is a massive amount of CFD analysis that went into perfecting the S58 “Level Up” Manifold. While showing every iteration of testing CSF and PWR went through in the design phase, we are happy to show the results.
So what do all these colors and lines mean? For those who aren’t familiar with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations, it is exactly what it sounds like. The software simulates airflow through a design allowing for faster refinement and testing for a design before building it or making modifications. In the animations you can see a color key on the top left showing air velocity in meters/second. The animated lines show the path of air as it flows through the manifold.
You can see in Diagram 1 and in the animations how the air is evenly distributed through the core. As the air slows down while entering the plenum, the air guides help distribute the flow evenly into the runners. The result is a smooth and even distribution of air flow in both volume and velocity. Uneven distribution can lead to catastrophic failure in an engine so CSF and PWR work very hard to ensure your engine will be safe.
Dyno testing is crucial in the development process. While software can make the process of development much faster, there is no true substitute for real world testing. Upon initial release of the S58 “Level Up” Manifold, we had installed and tested our manifold on 3 different G8Xs. Initial testing showed impressive results and the cars all ran flawlessly. However, we wanted to test the limits of our manifold and see what it was really capable of.
In Depth testing with Moto IQ
For more extreme testing, we headed over to GTP Motorsports Inc. in Hollywood, CA. Long time friends of CSF, Moto IQ was present for independent testing and validation of the results. GTP offered up their G82 M4 as a guinea pig and we got to work.
GTP G82 M4 Competition xDrive mod list:
- Stock Motor
- Pure Stage 2+ turbos
- Mike Customs catless downpipes
- PSI midpipe
- Deatschwerks 900cc injectors
- E85 pump fuel
- Drop-in BMW air filters
Testing was conducted on GTP’s Dynomite AWD2500 Dyno. Data was collected using an AEM CD-7. Baseline pulls were performed with the car tuned with 44 PSI as the target boost level. Actual boost level produced by the turbos in the OEM tests was 41.6 PSI. The post manifold installation pulls were performed with the car tuned with 45 PSI as the target boost level. Actual boost level produced by the turbos in the CSF tests was 41.5 PSI.
Note: we were very lucky the OEM Manifold lasted as long as it did. They have been known to fail at as low as 30 PSI. It did start leaking on some of the test runs but did not fail by some miracle.
Horsepower & Torque
When looking at the dyno test, you can see the overall improvement in the power curve from around 4500rpm all the way up to redline. If you are curious about the odd dip at around 5700rpm, the transmission was having issues with the power output and was slipping on every pull. While the pulls were done at different times of day and under different ambient temperatures, the results are using a standard correction. If you’d like to know about standard correction you can read about it on Dynomite’s website here: Corrected Horsepower
Heat Soak Testing
Heat soak resistance was tested on the dyno with 8 consecutive pulls from ~30 mph to ~130 mph. Each pull was full throttle with boost pressure set to 45 PSI. This test lasted 80 seconds and shows pulls 3 through 8.
Post cooler IATs started at 87.8°F (31°C) and increased by only 21.2°F (11.8°C) throughout the entire test. The test was supposed to go longer but the dyno began to smoke on the 8th pull so we deemed it prudent to stop. This kind of torture test is important to demonstrate the effectiveness of the heat exchanger under heavy load that customers might see in track driving.
Pressure drop is an important variable to measure when testing any type of intercooler. Measured pressure loss below 1-1.5 PSI is ideal. As stated earlier, PWR supplies all the cooling for the F1 Grid, many teams in WRC, MotoGP, NASCAR, and more. Every core design is Flow Bench tested, however they like most engineering companies know that this is merely a validation test and real world data will differ slightly. It is a great metric to have, but actual pressure will be slightly different as a flow bench cannot generate the exact conditions of a running engine.
The following flow charts were from data taken during the dyno pulls in the Horsepower & Torque section above.
|Metric||OEM Manifold||CSF Manifold|
|Pressure Drop at End of Run||1.22 PSI||1.10 PSI|
|Average Pressure Drop||0.81 PSI||1.05 PSI|
|Ambient Temp||80°F (26.6°C)||67°F (19.4°C)|
|HP | Torque||833.8 WHP | 643.5 lb-ft||854.4 WHP | 663.9 lb-ft|
|Time of Day||3:18pm||7:27pm|
Real world testing really shows how variable pressure drop and flow can truly behave. Overall, the CSF Manifold performed admirably.
We could easily throw out some big numbers and percentages without explaining what is really being shown by the data. The chart below shows the data from the same dyno pulls in the Horsepower & Torque section above.
|Metric||OEM Manifold||CSF Manifold||Deltas|
|Ambient temp||80°F (26.7°C)||67°F (19.4°C)||13°F (7.2°C)|
|Pre-IC Temp Start||172.4°F (78.0°C)||134.4°F (56.9°C)||38.0°F (21.1°C)|
|Post-IC Temp Start||96.8°F (36.0°C)||86.0°F (30.0°C)||10.8°F (6.0°C)|
|Pre-IC Temp End||394.2°F (201.2°C)||348.8°F (176.0°C)||45.4°F (25.2°C)|
|Post-IC Temp End||112.2°F (44.6°C)||93.2°F (34.0°C)||19.0°F (10.6°C)|
|Average Delta Pre/Post IC IAT||154.63°F (68.1°C)||216.48°F (102.5°C)||-61.85°F (-34.4°C)|
Testing showed the average differential in CAT (Charge Air Temperature or Pre-IC Temp) to IAT (Post-IC Temp) for the CSF Manifold to be 61.85°F (34.4°C) lower than the OEM Manifold.
Calculations and Conclusions
Intercooler efficiency is calculated with the following formula:
% Efficiency = (Pre-IC Temp – Post IC Temp)/(Pre-IC Temp – Ambient Temp)
Using this formula for the entire run, the overall average efficiency of the OEM Manifold was 86.60% (with a maximum efficiency of 90.14%). The overall average efficiency of the CSF Manifold was 89.06% (with a maximum efficiency of 92.20%). While an increase of efficiency 2.46% might not sound like a lot, everything should be taken in context.
It is generally accepted that the efficiency range of an air-to-water intercooler is ~75-95% with above 90% being very difficult to achieve. Improving on an intercooler that already has as much as a 90% efficiency rating is very difficult. Also, efficiency was not the singular goal when designing and building this manifold. The OEM manifold has been proven to commonly fail around 30-35 PSI of boost pressure. This obviously limits potential power you can make with this motor. We were lucky enough to have the OEM Manifold we were testing with hold up to several test runs at the targeted 44 PSI (Turbos could only produce 41.6 PSI). So in order to safely run more than 30-35 PSI consistently, you need a manifold that is strong enough to hold up to the pressure. The CSF by PWR Core is rated up to 120 PSI and the 100% TIG Welded Billet construction can handle far more pressure than that.
In summary, the Factory Charge-Air-Cooler is very efficient like everyone claims. However, CSF and PWR were able to engineer a much larger and stronger Charge-Air-Cooler capable of much higher horsepower and pressure while still improving efficiency.
Additional Dyno Results
BMW X4M at GTP Motorsports
One of the limitations to the initial tests were the Turbos and the Transmission. The turbos were maxing out at the target boost of 45 PSI and the Transmission was slipping. Just a few weeks later GTP was to tune and test the CSF Manifold on a F98 X4M with a built/stroked motor and larger turbos. This was a new world record for the S58 at the time (10/28/2022).
A couple months later, the X4M came back for some additional tuning and was the first S58 engine to break the 1000 WHP milestone.
Real World Experience
With almost 100 CSF manifolds sold, we have seen more real world experience with our product than any of our competitors combined. From Drag Racing to Time Attack, Cooled by CSF S58 BMWs are breaking records and taking home trophies.
CSF is currently undergoing TÜV certification for installation and use in Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland. CSF is the only manufacturer, including German based Competitor W, who is investing the time and cost into this strict testing validation and approval. This further separates our CSF from our competitors and we expect to have full TÜV certification completed by May 2023
It’s Time to “Level-Up”
This has been the most heavily invested upon product that CSF has ever produced. The time spent in Research, Development, Testing, and Production has been monumental. However, we feel like it’s all been worth it. It’s about our pride in the BMW market and being the best. Based on the fact that we’ve sold 98 of these kits already before this official press release has been published, proves to us that the market already agrees. The confidence the BMW community has in CSF’s cooling products and our reputation has been humbling. With this official press release we really wanted to give every last detail of this manifold the attention it deserves. There are other choices out there, and I’m sure there will be more aftermarket options chasing us in the future.
Hopefully this official release will help any potential S58 owners make the best decision for their vehicles and their goals. Yes, there are other decent options out there, they’ll just never be able to be as good as the CSF by PWR BMW S58 manifold. Our strategic partnership is exactly what it is – Strategic in the sense that our two combined companies together are impossible to be beaten. If you want the best there is undoubtedly only 1 choice for the S58 platform – it’s time to “Level-Up”
CSF’s most popular custom finish, Thermal Black Heat Dispersion Cerakote is now available as a standard finish option. This offers faster turn around time for orders and some dealers/distributors stocking this finish option.
BMW S58 “Level-Up” Charge-Air-Cooler Manifold Features (CSF #8233/8233B/8233C)
- Faster recovery of Intake Air Temperatures (IATs)
- 40-60°F average reduction of Intake Air Temperatures (IATs) compared to OEM at 45 PSI
- No pressure drop compared to OEM core
- Ultra strong CNC Billet construction replaces weak plastic tanks with crimped-on gasket sealing core.
- High performance bar/plate intercooler core by PWR pressure tested to 120psi*
- OEM cooler is a tube/fin core which is prone to failing at pressures over ~27psi
- Top feed port injection w/ included fuel rail (w/ CNC machined block-off caps included for non-use)
- Integrated Nitrous/Methanol Injection Ports
- Individual ports for each runner for maximum control
- Integrated vacuum and parameter pad to measure additional parameters
- Easy access to spin-off oil filter*
- Integrated breather port for easy bleeding of air from the water side of the manifold*
- Included KIYLEX Thermal Rejection Manifold Spacer*
- Made from KIYLEX® – A patented revolutionary high-performance final stage polymer
- Acts as a thermal barrier that dissipates heat between the cylinder head and intake manifold
- Proven to lower intake manifold temperatures by up to 15%
- Lowers Intake Air Temps (IATs)
- All necessary brackets, hardware, and instructions to install
- Raw Billet Aluminum Finish (#8233)
- Thermal Black Heat Dispersion Powder-Coating Finish (#8233B)
- Available in custom colors from the leader in BMW cooling customization (#8233C)*
- True Plug-and-Play “Drop-in Fit” Installation – Requires Absolutely No Modifications.
- OEM level of fit and finish
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- 2021+ BMW G80 M3 (incl. Competition) – 6MT & ZF8 Auto
- 2021+ BMW G82/G83 M4 (incl. Competition) – 6MT & ZF8 Auto
- 2022+ BMW G81 M3 (incl. Competition) – 6MT & ZF8 Auto
- 2020+ BMW F97 X3 M (incl. Competition)
- 2020+ BMW F98 X4 M (incl. Competition)
- 2022+ BMW G87 M2 (incl. Competition) – 6MT & ZF8 Auto
- OEM Part Number:
- BMW: 17-51-8-092-584
- BMW: 17-51-8-053-321
- #8233 – $6,599.00 USD
- #8233B/8233C – $6,995.00 USD
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Getting old is inevitable, and it’s something we all have to face whether we like it or not. That’s quite a weird opening statement for three highly-tuned BMWs on Speedhunters, but stick with me because I promise it will make a bit more sense very soon.
Now, the most obvious indicator of age is that number which precedes us. But the real indicator of how old you actually feel, is the number of back-in-my-day moments that crash into your mind on a daily basis. And if you’re still a bit confused, let me share one with you.
April 24th, 2023
The BMW S58 engine is pretty impressive, directly based on BMW’s sturdy diesel engines, it is capable of producing over 1000 hp with just bolt-on mods. One of the bolt-on mods that is needed to support big power gains is a new intake manifold with an improved intercooler. We had previously tested CSF Racing’s offering for the B58B30C and B58M30O1 engines found on the A90 and A91 Supras with great results. For the BMW variant of the B58, CSF went all out to improve their already excellent design by teaming up with heat exchanger manufacturer PWR.
PWR is renowned for its heat exchangers with their parts being used in everything from NASCAR to F1. The intake manifold is a joint development program using the engineering prowess of both CSF and PWR. The manifold is designed to be a direct bolt-on replacement for the stock BMW part with absolutely no messing around needed.
August 10th, 2023
Turn 14 Distribution’s strong industry relationships help it curate components that speak to the modern BMW enthusiast and drive BMW CCA’s magnetism forward. Because of that, so many of the names synonymous with top-tier quality in the BMW space — including familiar names like Akrapovic, AST Suspensions, BBS, CSF, Future Classic, IND Distribution, and Michelin, were eager to be a part of the build. Over the next couple of months, we will be chipping away at showing you exactly how the Turn 14 Distribution G80 M3 Competition was built and how much it changed from stock, all the way up until the BMW CCA Dream Car Raffle drawing in October.
Question About The Manifold?
If you have any questions regarding the new CSF S58 “Level-Up” Charge-Air-Cooler Manifold please contact us directly.