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
Summer is in full effect and not only is it the busiest time of the year for us here at CSF, but it’s the peak of the car show season. From the cars and coffee weekly meetups and the countless car shows taking place in the summer heat, it’s finally good to be indoors with the AC on blast. Spocom 2019 was a huge success, CSF brought the RUF 996 RTurbo Porsche and the S55 swapped BMW E30 to stage at our booth, both cars rolling in with the radiator fans blasting after just finishing a shoot with Matt Farah’s Smoking Tire, One-Take, check out the video HERE. This year’s show took place in a larger section at the Anaheim Convention Center compared to the previous years. I would think the spacing would be a bit more spread out due to the space, but I was wrong. They took advantage of the extra space and filled every nook and cranny.
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.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is held on a public roadway, so for drivers to get any kind of course practice in, they had to do it between the hours of 5:30am and 8:30am for four days when the road is temporarily closed. Racing at 5:30am means waking up at 2am every morning and prepping the race car so its ready to rip right as the public roads are cleared. This also makes it difficult to dial in the cars with dewy asphalt and colder temperatures compared to race day where drivers begin to climb the hill mid day.
2 years of development to take on the most challenging race in N. America
July 15, 2019
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is the second oldest motor race in the United States behind only the Indianapolis 500 with the first race in 1916. It holds an immense honor behind its name, being one of the most challenging hill climbs in the world, and it goes almost year after year, taking the lives of some of the most elite racers. It takes place every summer in the mountains of Colorado, as drivers and riders race for the fastest times going up 12.5 miles, 156 turns and speeding over ridge crests to make it to the summit of Pikes Peak where the finish line awaits. The 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race-day was set for June 30th and featured the CSF F87 M2 Club Racer V.2 from BMW R&D partner Tyspeed, piloted by none other than Tyler Pappas.
If you’re looking for a truck to pile in the surfboards, snowboards or the camping gear, the Toyota Tacoma is on the top of the list. The Tacoma is known to be a “Do-All” truck, with an optional four-wheel-drive and 4.0L V6 that can tow up to 6,200 lbs. With an abundant amount of aftermarket modifications and performance upgrades available in the market, these Taco’s are highly capable of being off-road beasts!
With May coming to an end and just a few weeks shy of summer, car shows and caravans are in full swing here in Southern California. CSF geared up and prepared for the 20th year anniversary of Bimmerfest, the largest private BMW gathering in the world. Hosted in our back yard, Auto Club Speedway that is less than 10 minutes away from our headquarters. This is one of the biggest events of the year that we attend considering BMW is our strongest market. Check out our Bimmerfest 2018 recap if you missed it last year. And against the odds, Southern California decided it wanted to show chances of rain in the forecast for the big weekend. Not only was there Bimmerfest to look forward to, but it was also Memorial Day weekend! We had our ponchos on stand-by, set our alarm clocks for the big day and were ready to kick-off the weekend with a bang!
Gearhead Tuning’s New Air-to-Air bar/plate intercooler for the Ford Taurus SHO/Flex Ecoboost.
As more automotive enthusiasts grow older, start families, and begin to need more room in their vehicle, their 2/4 door sport compact vehicles start to become less practical and more of an old memory. The Ford Taurus SHO and Flex Ecoboost have been a proper upgrade that checks all the boxes when looking to still have fun driving a full-sized sedan or small SUV while being an efficient people mover. The twin-turbo V6 in the Ecoboost cannot help but put smiles across passengers faces compared to the standard naturally aspirated V6 with almost 100 HP less. Luckily for the enthusiasts that still prefer a low center of gravity and have no use for extra space and added weight. Ford packed the same 355 hp twin turbo motor to continue in the legacy of the Super High Output (SHO) Ford Taurus (Winning 2010 ESQUIRE’S INAUGURAL “CAR OF THE YEAR” FOR MEN TO DRIVE, EVERYDAY!) With the latest fourth-generation equipped with all-wheel drive, it brings the SHO name back like a phoenix from the ashes, on to winding roads and fun slippery surfaces.
The time of the year has come, the last weekend of April 2019. The hot spring sun steams up the farm land of Coalinga California, hosting Motovicity Distribution’s 2nd annual Never Lift Half-Mile race ran by Shift S3ctor. Held at he Municipal Airport of Coalinga, providing 2,640 feet of clean, paved airstrip runway for drivers to go side by side and put it all on the line in a half-mile race for the highest trap speed. Each competing driver had a chance to win a piece of the $38,500 in total prize money over the entire weekend. This event attracted quite a number of cars “flying” over 200+ MPH to earn bragging rights and some dough. CSF continued to be a supporting vendor and sponsor of the event as Motovicity Distribution is one of CSF’s largest distributor’s. With supporting previous events through the years, CSF is glad the relationship can help grow these types of grass-roots motorsports by not only attending as a vendor, but by bringing three cars to compete. As the race weekend approached, the CSF gang packed the sun block, locked & loaded the racecars in the trailers and joined in on the fun.
CSF Cooling is proud to announce the official public release of its Porsche 991 Turbo & Turbo S high performance intercoolers for both 991.1 & 991.2 models. Since the intercoolers made their official world debut at the 2017 SEMA show, a unique sales decision was made to only release these intercoolers (for a period of 1 year) to a select group of the world’s most highly regarded Porsche motorsport ECU tuners and vehicle builders. Over the past year, CSF’s Porsche 991 Turbo intercoolers have been race-tested, logged, and fully validated by some of the world’s best Porsche tuners. These intercoolers have been regarded as the “Go-To” option for the best performance and value available in the performance aftermarket.
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 manufacturers a wide variety of sophisticated cooling systems with more than 117 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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