VW Scirocco 1.4 TSI CAXA 122 hp – Front mount intercooler upgrade using a Peugeot 207 intercooler
About the upgrade
The 1.4 TSI 122hp CAXA engine is a great engine to play with. From standard tunes for the stock turbo, up to full stage 3 and hybrid turbo upgrades. Even big turbo upgrades can be supported by this little engine without fear of piston failure or connecting rod failure, if reasonable settings are used.
The main problem with it is that it does not have an intercooler. It uses an air/water cooler that is located in the intake manifold. While this is enough for the stock turbo, it is not enough for anything larger than this.
Latsis Executive have figured out a way to install a front mount intercooler – the stock intercooler unit from the Peugeot 207 1.6 Turbo, which can handle up to 200hp without issues, in order to reduce intake air temperature at all times.
This particular Scirocco is rated at 200hp, using a fully upgraded setup, with a cold air intake kit, a hybrid turbocharger and a full exhaust. The 207’s intercooler has a volume of approximately 2 liters and this makes it ideal for horsepower levels from 150 to 200hp.
This is the piping required for this modification. It induces a very small pressure drop across the system or around 0.1 to 0.15bars, but the gains from the lower intake air temperature counteract this pressure drop by increasing power. The intercooler can barely be seen after the front bumper has been installed back on the car.