Category Archives: Flow Tests

White Dog Racing Intake Parts

A box full of White Dog Racing intake parts for the Audi B5 S4/RS4 has arrived for flow testing on the PTS flowbench.  The parts, shown below, consist of a few variations of the intake bi-pipes and a set of turbocharger to intercooler hardpipes.

Picture of White Dog Racing intake parts
White Dog Racing intake parts

The intake bi-pipes cover the 54mm and 60mm tube diameters, flowing to a stock throttle body.  Within the two 54mm size pipes there are two variants, one with the MAP sensor in the stock location and one with the sensor offset.

The IC inlet pipes are intended for use with the Silly Rabbit Motorsport SMIC’s with the larger RS4 size piping.

Results:

After adding the APR bipipe and RS4 bipipe into the mix I began setting things up for testing.

Bipipe Lineup
Bipipe Lineup

One thing I noticed right away was how much lighter the White Dog Racing bipipes felt in comparison to the APR bipipe.  I set each product on a postal scale to get an idea of the relative weights.

  • APR: 5lb 9 oz
  • WDR-60: 2lb 9oz
  • WDR-54: 2lb 7oz

Those weights are approximate as I needed to balance the products on the scale, and I did not bother to remove the MAP sensor, DV hoses, or WMI nozzles/line from the APR bipipe, but the general trend is clear, the APR bipipe weighs about twice what the White Dog Racing products weigh.

bipipe_lineup

I also made a comparison of the inlet diameters:

bipipe_intakes

In sequence from smallest diameter to largest:

apr_bipipe_inletWhite Dog Racing 54mm BipipeWhite Dog Racing 60mm Bipipers4_bipipe_inlet

Then it was on to the flow bench:

White Dog Racing 54mm Bipipe on Flowbench
White Dog Racing 54mm Bipipe on Flowbench

 

A comparison of the results is shown below:

White Dog Racing Bipipe Flow Testing
White Dog Racing Bipipe Flow Testing

 

Some comments on these results.

  1.  The White Dog Racing bipipes performed surprising well given the use of the stock S4 throttle body.  The larger RS4 components only flowed slightly more than the WDR products.
  2. I am especially impressed by the 54mm WDR product.  Enlarged aftermarket parts often pose a challenge to fit into the S4 engine compartment.  It’s likely that minimal accommodations would need to be made with this pipe yet the airflow increase over stock components is substantial.
  3. The similar results measured from the RS4 components and 60mm WDR bipipe has led me to further consider the benefit of the RS4 throttle body.  These results appear to show that the stock TB is not much of a limitation on airflow with these size bipipes.  If that is the case then the effort to have an RS4 size throttle body attached to S4 intake manifold, like the SRM product that I have on hand, may not be worth it.
  4. The difference in airflow between the two WDR-54 size bipipes was minimal so I averaged the two measurements to present a single value.
  5. The stock bipipes were not measured at the same time as the other bipipes.  Due to potential differences in test conditions, ie equipment setup, bench calibration, atmospherics, it is possible and likely that the stock bipipes would have performed differently had they been available.  Comparing the RS4 and APR bipipes to the results recorded a few years ago when the stock pipes were tested showed those two products with a calculated airflow 7-10 CFM greater than what was recorded/measured today.  Thus it is likely that the stock bipipe datapoint slightly overstates the airflow under today’s test conditions, I estimate by 5 CFM, but it should be close enough for a general comparison.
  6. The relatively lower airflow through the APR bipipe meant that I was able to measure it at 28″ of H2O, whereas the other products were measured at slightly lower depressions.  The reason for this is that the internal plate on the flow bench is spec’d to approximately 600 CFM and the other bipipes tested were able to reach that limit.  In order to standardize the results all measurements were adjusted to a 28″ H2O depression.  This adjustment was minor – the RS4 bipipe was flowed up to 24″ and the WDR bipipes flowed to 26″.

Below is the percentage increase in airflow that is gained from using the alternative bipipes.

White Dog Racing Flow Increase

In terms of airflow performance White Dog Racing has debuted an impressive product that gives a solid alternative to the hard to find RS4 components and a substantial improvement over stock parts.

More BMW Turbocharger Inlet Flow Testing

Over the weekend I received a shipment of BMW N54 engine turbocharger inlet pipes for flow bench testing.  I’ve tested a couple other sets of these inlet pipes in the past and I was interested to see how another take on these parts would perform.

This set was supplied by FrankenTurbo, the same vendor that had shipped the stock BMW inlets to me several months ago for flow testing.

Here are a couple pictures of these FrankenTurbo inlets on the flow bench:

FrankenTurbo Inlet on Flowbench
FrankenTurbo Inlet on Flowbench

 

Second FrankenTurbo Inlet on Flowbench
Second FrankenTurbo Inlet on Flowbench

The test was performed similar to how I did in the past, affixing the inlet to the flow bench and drawing air into the pipe.

Inlet Flow Results:

The chart below is a compilation of all of the BMW turbo inlets that I have flow tested.

Chart showing BMW N54 Engine Turbo Inlet Pipe Airflow Comparison
BMW N54 Engine Turbo Inlet Pipe Airflow Comparison

In a departure from the presentation that I used in the past I am limiting the chart to airflow readings that occurred at a test depression of 28″ of H20.

There are two reasons for this; firstly 28″ of H20 is a commonly used test point for flow bench airflow tests.

The second reason is that the chart I produced previously included extrapolated data, going out to test depressions two to three times what I recorded on the bench.  Estimating out that far introduces errors, which are magnified the further one extrapolates.  To better assess how the products compare, I am limiting the results to the range that the flow bench can directly measure.

Something else to point out, I am not familiar with how these pipes attach to the N54 engine, so the labeling scheme that I used may be incorrect.  That is, I have labeled one pipe number one and the other number two.  I’m not sure that this is the proper naming convention for all of the products, in some cases I may have mislabeled pipe two as pipe one.  Keep that in mind as you review the chart data and compare airflow readings between the pipes.

Here’s an additional chart showing the FrankenTurbo inlets with the adapters added for coupling them to the turbochargers.  Airflow decreases with the addition of the adpaters.

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