Evolution Racewerks A4 (B5) Competition Series Front Mount Intercooler (FMIC) Kit With the trend in the A4 1.8T community heading towards the big turbo (BT) GT28 variant (GT28R, GT28RS, GT2871R, GTRS) of upgrades and the lack of available intercoolers capable of adequately supporting these turbos, we introduced our Competition Front Mount Intercooler (FMIC) kit to fill the void. While the smaller intercoolers available today are adequate for the OEM K03 and K04 upgrades, they begin to be overwhelmed by the increased need for better cooling with these big turbos popular today. Even still, on the smaller intercooler, heatsoak becomes a problem after repeated runs, even with the OEM K03 and K04 turbo upgrades. Our Competition FMIC kit was designed to overcome ALL these issues. Key Features: Large 20"x11"x3" (24"x11"x3" with end tanks) High Density Bar & Plate Construction Intercooler Core. Rolled intercooler end tank design (welded and port & polished interior for improved flow). Mirror polished or Type III Hard Black Anodizing (for stealth) finish on intercooler, end tanks and all piping. Complete all aluminum intercooler piping, replaces every single OEM piece with hard piping for improved throttle response. Larger sized intercooler piping than OEM, optimized for "Big Turbo" high horsepower applications. Intercooer piping features beaded ends, silicone "hump" hoses and T-bolt clamps to prevent intercooler piping from coming off from boost. Designed for OEM or OEM style diverter valves (non OEM style diverter or blow off valve flange/positioning available upon request). Smog pump relocated to make room for the least amount of bends and shortest intercooler piping possible (for faster response/decrease turbo lag). Maintains ALL factory components, i.e. fog lights, smog pump, horn, water squirters etc... Retains the OEM side fog light covers and lower center grill for the OEM look. Includes replacement bumper reinforcement bar (rebar) to compliment the large intercooler core. New rebar is made from thick DOM roll cage material and features dimpled plating for added strength. Includes replacement External Power Steering Cooler kit with all hardware to mount and install that replaces OEM power steering line with more efficient unit. No need to tweak or "rig" the OEM piece. Includes all hardware needed to install. The heart of the ER Competition FMIC is the massive 20x11x3 (24x11x3 with end tanks) high density bar and plate intercooler core. It features 660 cubic inches intercooler core, more than ANY other FMIC available in the market (almost more than double in size than most). Through extensive testing of different types of intercooler cores (tube & fin, bar & plate) we found that the high density bar and plate core to be the most efficient. Independent testing (all data & dynos shown below have been independently conducted by our customers) has shown that our FMIC is so efficient in cooling that it has cooled intake air temperatures (IAT) to almost ambient (outside) temperatures. We also did extensive testing on the proper size to use to effectively cool the hot charged air from these big turbo upgrades as well as fight off heatsoaking (when the intercooler cannot transfer heat away faster than the heat building up from the hot intake air). Heatsoaking is not an issue at all as shown by consistency of the IAT staying in the same temperature range throughout the WHOLE RPM powerband. Also our FMIC recovers so fast after a full throttle pull that once you shift, it recovers completely. This is why pull after pull, our FMIC does not heatsoak. Beat on it all day long and the IATs will consistently be near ambient temperatures. Our Competition FMIC is just what it is, designed for competition. The other intercoolers may be adequate if you lived your life a ¼ mile at a time (with hours between runs to cool down), they will definitely heatsoak under harsher conditions like road racing where youre at full throttle for at least 20 minutes. Imagine you pegged behind the rear bumper of the car in front of you. With no cool airflow flowing through your intercooler, it will heatsoak very fast, loosing you that very precious power you need to pass the car ahead of you. The FMIC then becomes a heatsink. Since our FMICs are considerably larger than the competition, it can hold more heat longer before it heatsoaks, giving you extra valuable time with all the power you need to make the pass. With it's size and ability to support over 600hp, it is the "last intercooler you will ever buy", no matter what size turbo you decide to run in the future.