Everybody knows Vibrant makes a lot of cool stuff, and some of their products take that quite literally, like Vibrant's SHEETHOT and SHEETHOT EXTREME heat shields that isolate heat in engine compartments and help keep passenger compartments cool.
Because performance-tuned cars generate a lot more heat than regular cars, managing heat becomes more important in order to prevent wear and premature failure of engine components - not to mention keeping passenger compartment temperatures manageable.
That's why MotoRep Brian "Mac" MacNamara recently installed Vibrant's heat shielding products on his Solo 2 Miata street/SCCA STR race car. As a street car/race car, he was looking for solutions to keep the intake air cooler as well as helping manage interior heat in the summer months.
His answer was to install Vibrant's SHEETHOT TF400 in the engine. His reasoning was simple: Because there's so few modifications allowed in the SCCA race class he competes in, anything he could do to give his car an advantage is worth exploring.
He wanted to keep intake air as cool as possible with his stock air filter box and intake, which just happens to curve back towards the hot engine block in the '97 Miatas - right next to the exposed headers!
Plus there's few aftermarket options that also adhere to the SCCA rule book.
"I chose the TF-400 for its easy manipulation and because I wasn't sure how I was going to form the heat shield. I'm working with a very small car and a tight space, so I needed something I could easily bend and form," Mac said.
He used OEM fastening points from the original airbox mount and other brackets already in the engine bay. The heat shield essentially spans from the outside edge of the radiator back to the firewall, and from the hood to the frame rail, basically boxing in the intake area and half of the driver's side engine compartment from the engine side.
Mac says it blocks both radiant heat and ambient air going into the intake. He then wrapped the stock airbox and intake line with DEI Gold tape to reflect heat.
"Because my engine starts out with so little power and modifications are really limited by the SCCA STR rules, I'm looking for every little advantage that can help," Mac said. "This helps keep intake temperatures as low as possible to make sure I don't lose any of the power I do have.
Overall Project Time: 1 Hour
Complexity: Relatively easy
Tools Required: Basic wrenches, cutters, brain
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