Speedlab isn’t called the “laboratory of speed” for no reason. It’s pretty obvious through their work that the whizzes behind the company have got extracting more speed out of just about any ride down to a science!
In this article, we show you a detailed coverage of how Speedlab installs a T28 Turbocharger into the vastly underpowered E36 BMW 316i to give it that “pin you down to the seat” experience that just about any European ride deserves.
While most people buy BMWs just for the badge, everyone agrees that the 316 is definitely lacking in the power department.
This is a Rear wheel drive platform with plenty of space in the engine bay to work with. Which means we have lot’s of room for power upgrades!
JDM Bimmer! Real deal Volk Racing RE30s made especially for BMW vehicles.
We’ll be adding boost and EGT gauges to the interior.
We start by taking out the old air cleaner.
A T28 turbocharger will be used to provide the boost.
A Unichip Piggyback computer and MAP sensor will be used to monitor boost and control fueling.
Aluminum piping and silicon hose couplers are used.
The turbo itself sits low under the engine, with aluminum piping connecting it to the mass air flow sensor assembly.
Here, most of the piping work is done.
Big advantage of using aluminum over stainless steel is weight savings, cooler temparatures and it can be easily painted in any color.
Here’s the completed turbo system.
The entire kit bolts on to the stock exhaust system.
Since the car already has JDM wheels, a JDM blow off valve seems fitting.
The BMW still uses an old style flapper air flow meter.
You can barely see it, but there is a turbo underneath.
Two pipes snake out from the exhaust side, one from the air flow sensor and one going to the intercooler.
The BMW’s wide bumper provides plenty of space for big front mount intercooler. But once everything is bolted up, even looking straight at the bumper, one will be hard pressed to see the massive front mount intercooler.
Stock BMW 316i’s make a paltry 78whp. This turbo BMW now makes 142whp!
Torque is also vastly improved.
A vast improvement from 78 whp (105 bhp) to 142 whp for Php 200K makes this install all worth it.
Speedlab: The Science of Speed
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