I don't need to tell you that it's hot outside...or that it's only going to get hotter.

Brutal summers are a part of life in Texas. Live here long enough and you learn to make accommodations to get through them the best you can. But if you drive a performance car, you know it's not just a matter of cranking up the A/C and mixing a pitcher of iced tea. Heat like this robs your turbocharged vehicle of power, leaving it sluggish and unresponsive. So when customers ask us how to counter this, we advise them that there's one part that everyone needs to upgrade: their factory intercooler.

An intercooler is a critical component in any performance veicle. Placed in the path of the hot air that flows from either a supercharger or a turbocharger to the motor, it lowers its temperature from more than 400 degrees Fahrenheit down to 180 degrees. Doing so increases the density of the air, which makes for better combustion and more power while also helping reduce the chances of knock.

For part of the year, you can count on your intercooler to get the job done. But the factory top mount intercoolers found in most turbo vehicles simply aren't built with our kind of summers in mind, and they can be overwhelmed when temperatures soar over 90 degrees due to their size and location. 

And location is critical. Turbocharged cars with top mounts often use hood scoops to take in cooler air while the vehicle is moving, but they don't help at all when the car is waiting at a stoplight or staging on the track where heat soak is a factor. And if you happen to have any heat generating mods as well, you can kiss performance goodbye.

Fortunately, there are several aftermarket options that can address heat soak and ensure your car performs no matter how high the temperature rises...but not every part that's out there is a good buy.

Before we recommend a part, we look at air flow and temperature reduction. We look at how efficient the design is, the number of bends, the number of couplers in the piping, the combined radius of those pipes, the shape of the end tanks and whether those end tanks are made of sheet metal or are cast.

So when we make a recommendation, we're not choosing something because it's priced a certain way. It will be because the part fits and because it works. Those are the aspects that are important and they're the aspects that ensure you'll be happy with your car's performance after it has been installed. That's the Growler Way.

For example, Subaru drivers will see a dramatic benefit from the installation of a COBB Tuning Front Mount which features a larger Bar and Plate core and 2.5" piping and is capable of supporting in excess of 800 horsepower at the wheel. There also are excellent options for Porsche 911, Volkswagen Golf R, Ford Focus RS and other performance vehicles. Didn't see your particular make/model lited? Click the shop link ond search for Growler recommended options.

There are other reliable manufacturers as well, such as Perrin and ETS, that may be suitable for your vehicle. We'll be happy to walk you through the proven choices, and help you steer clear of those too-good-to-be-true options that might just end up costing you more in the long run.

Give us a call today and we'll help you find the part that's right for your vehicle.