Old Italians Get The Ultimate High-Performance Radiator
August 9, 2019
The Fiat X1/9 is a two-seater, targa top, small Italian sports car with a mid-engine configuration pumping out 74 horse-power. The X1/9 was hot during its prime in the ’70s and ’80s, a “go-to” choice for young sports car enthusiasts. Popularity quickly grew as the vehicle performed extraordinarily well in slalom and hill climb races. Originally designed by car manufacturer Bertone, it was initially made as a Fiat model until 1982. Fiat then handed production of the car back to Bertone, who continued to produce the compact sports car until 1989. They have not been forgotten and are still quite the classic collectible car for automotive enthusiasts. For those still enjoying their X1/9 for track use, weekend cruising, or even daily driving, maintaining the vehicle with adequate cooling is key to having these classic cars stay on the road. More and more OEM copper/brass radiators are failing, leaving owners scrambling for a reliable replacement. Until now, most (if not all) after-market options available are not built to a high standard, and often prematurely fail after only a few years, some failing within a few months after install.
Because of the lack of a high-quality aftermarket radiator available, “The Cooling Experts” at CSF were called upon by Italian classic car aficionados Midwest-Bayless, to address this problem and collaborated to produce the ultimate high-performance all-aluminum replacement radiator for Fiat X1/9
CSF is proud to introduce another industry exclusive to its growing line of “Classic Series” radiators. An All Aluminum Replacement Radiator, yet still high performance, for the Mercedes Benz R129 SL500 5.0L V8 – CSF#8057. These over-engineered German sports cars from the ’90s were technically advanced for their time, and have now entered the “collectible” realm of car enthusiasts across the globe. With fitment spanning a 12-year range from 1990-2002, and some of these early model vehicles now nearing close to 30 years old, the factory radiators with plastic end-tanks need to be replaced.
World famous Porsche Tuners SharkWerks have installed CSF’s 997 Porsche GT3 3-piece cooling package on their infamous 4.1L GT3RS build, and are now an authorized dealer of CSF’s industry leading all-aluminum Porsche radiators. Northern California Porsche tuning specialist, Sharkwerks, have been all over the web and published press with their wild Riviera blue and orange 4.1L GT3RS pushing 540 horsepower that some say is the best Porsche ever built! Check out all the great information on this amazing vehicle below:
CSF had an absolute blast last weekend as the title sponsor for the California Festival of Speed. Our media partners, SPEEDHUNTERS.com, was on hand during the 2nd of the festival to cover some of the action including watching the new CSF Porsche 991 Turbo S do some hot laps around California Speedway!
Mike Essa is ready to defend his 2014 Formula Drift championship.with his BMW E 46 M3 cooled by CSF’s “R1 triple-pass” radiator. A few changes to his ride, a new company, and chip on shoulder to prove he is the best.
Catch this awesome featured article on Speedhunters on how CSF goes to work with some of the best companies in the business, specifically our work with racing porsches.
Racing Porsches with Ravi
This article follows owner Ravi Dolwani on a typical business day out in the field of the high performance automotive aftermarket. He visits both GMG Racing and Outlaw Offroad to continue designing some new products and private label projects for these two top companies. This is a great article showcasing polar opposite ends of the tuning industry, full-blown race cars at the top of the most challenging series as well as the most advanced off-road vehicles you can build.
What a long month it has been this November with the SEMA show taking place a couple of weeks ago, the traveling back-and-forth across N. America, the follow-up from the convention, and continuous projects for private labeling and new model development continuing to take up the time of the CSF staff. Read more…
The Racing & High Performance Division of CSF Inc. strives to build and engineer the most advanced, efficient, and reliable cooling systems in the world. CSF manufactures a wide variety of sophisticated cooling systems with more than 250 different applications ranging from high performance all-aluminum direct-fit replacement radiators, to complete custom applications for race cars, power sports, off-road, marine, and industrial uses.
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