Originally Posted by dori-san
But why bother? There's enough room to cram a V8 under the hood, so adding a turbo really isn't THAT space consuming...
It's not only a matter of space, it is also a matter of cost and performance as well as reverseability.
A rear mount system is like installing a cat-back in the fact that it can easily be removed and the car can be put back to stock with minimal labor.
Their are several problems with installing a turbo in the engine compartment:
1. A custom exhaust manifold needs to be fabricated which raises cost.
2. The motor and turbo will heatsoak each other which will require an intercooler to reduce intake temps.
3. It is a much harder install hanging over the fenders with the reverse lift hood.
Benefits of a rear mount system:
1. The turbo system replaces your stock exhaust system giving you basically a free cat-back system.
2. The air filter is relocated to the rear of the car which basically gives you a free cold-air kit. The filter used is a K & N high-flow cone filter.
3. The intake pipe that carries the forced air back to the front of the car acts as an intercooler.
4. Your average DIY can install this system at home.
5. Lower cost.
6. Easily removed if neccessary.
This is not an advertisement, this is a discussion to gage interest in a rear-mounted turbo system fro the Solstice/Sky. This kit doesn't currently exist.
STS has prototyped one for the HHR/Cobalt platform (2005 SEMA Show Vehicle) that uses the Ecotec 4.
Please, the STS have been proven over and over in other vehicles, so this isn't a discussion as to wether or not this concept works, this is a discussion to gage interest.
There aren't a whole lot of after-market options out there to substantially boost horsepower in the Solstice and this could be one of them.
Thank you, Ed