The UKs home of Tuning Heat Management products including our famous Turbo Blanket. We are also Europe's main supplier of Lamin-X Headlight Protection film. The Funk Motorsport Blog showcases our projects in the Drifting world, new product details including our Turbo Blankets and How-to Guides for installation!
We all know that intake temperatures and managing heat is extremely important to protecting your engine. Under fierce competition, team BMR approached Funk Motorsport to manage the heat on their Subaru Levorgs to ensure optimum performance of their engine.
Earlier this year, we were approached by BTCC race team BMR to solve some of the heat issues that they were facing based on feedback from testing. So, how did we help? Which Funk products are BMR using this season?
Issue 1 – Fuel tank positioning
With the Subaru Levorg fuel tank sitting directly above the exhaust, the entire underside of the tank and chassis were wrapped in gold reflective material to help keep the fuel cool and at the correct consistency to be optimal for combustion. A cooler fuel will keep the fuel flowing at the high rate required for BTCC racing and eliminate fuel vapour lock.
Issue 2 – Internal cockpit temperatures
Cockpit temperatures were a big issue, creating temperatures in excess of 60 degrees Celsius – creating a testing environment for the drivers to work within. We underlined the underside of the car and tunnel in our Funk Motorsport gold reflective heat blanket to help keep the car insulated, whilst reflecting away any additional radiant heat coming its way.
Issue 3 – Ever rising intake temperatures
With the unique engine layout in the Subaru Levorg, pipework from the intercooler and throttle bodies were exposed to heat. In this scenario, the air that is intended to be cool is actually being heated, in turn creating heat soak. To rectify this, we created a custom blanket for this crossover pipe to help reduce these intake temperatures and optimise the combustion cycle.
Issue 4 – Excess heat in the engine bay
With the pipework being compacted in the tight spaces of the engine bay, they were all exposed to high amounts of heat. Oil lines, electric cables and coolant lines run close to heat sources putting them in danger of reliability and safety issues. To help keep them operating as they should, we had them wrapped in our highest heat protection sleeving available – Funk Motorsport silicon high heat tube.
Issue 5 – Turbochargers as a heat source.
The heat created by an operating turbo can affect the reliability of everything else under the bonnet. For team BMR, we provided turbo blankets to contain the heat and stop it from spreading to other components in the engine bay. This also provides benefits for the turbo as hotter exhaust gas temperatures help to increase spool up time and get those gases out quicker. The blanket also helps reduce heat dissipation to the cold side of the turbo, therefore increasing combustion efficiency and providing an improved power output.
With Funk Motorsport products now commonly seen in top-flight motorsport across the world, we are proud to be the heat management partner of team BMR.
The team here at Funk strive to create the most innovative products for both road and competition use. Interested in how we can help to manage the heat on your road or race car? Drop us a message or give us a call to speak to one of our heat management experts!
Find out a little more about Team BMR and their 2019 British Touring Car campaign here.
We have been selling Gold Heat Tape for years, but why? What are the performance benefits of Gold heat wrap Despite Gold reflective bulkheads like you see in Formula 1 and NASA space craft looking cool, they have a very good reason why they are in this shade – and sadly no, Gold Heat Tape isn’t only for looks!
Heat, like light can be reflected away. This type of heat is called “Radiant heat”, the type of heat that keeps the Earth (some may argue) warm from the sun’s rays, despite having millions of miles of a void vacuum between the two masses. This can also be said for heat lamps, they will only be able to heat something that is directly within their path. The other type of heat transfer is convectional – this is the type that you will typically feel from a kettle (or a wrongly named “wall mounted radiator”), an element will heat up and warm the particles next to it, then next to that and so on. For this reason, you do not need to be directly in the line sight to feel the benefits. This is not to say that there isn’t Radiant heat emitted from a kettle and convectional heat transfer occurring from the Sun, but lets keep this simple for now.
Gold Bulk Head
Ok, you are asking, so why GOLD? Why not any other reflective surface? Copper? Silver? Glass? Well Gold states the best reflective qualities and so can reflect away outstanding levels of radiant heat. Our Funk Cool Gold Reflective Heat Tape and sheets is capable of reflecting away around 80% of all radiant heat coming its way. To demonstrate this, feel free to click on the video section for a product testing demonstration.
When used correctly, our Funk Cool reflective tape can be used to protect intake components and therefore lowering your intake temperatures. Lower intake temperatures create a bigger bang in the combustion chamber and therefore a more powerful and more efficient engine running cycle. This has been proved by many of our clients ranging from European Rally X to international level single seater championships. Our Funk Cool Gold Reflective Heat tape is also vital for ensuring that components such as fuel cells, ECUs, heat shields and bulkheads are working at their optimal without the chance of damage due to excess heat.
Our sheets and tapes come with a self adhesive layer of specially designed woven glass fibre, this will also provide additional convectional heat protection. The top surface layer is composed from a deep shine gold with no UV degradation.
We hear it all the time. Lower intake temperatures produce more power. Keep your induction system cool. How do I lower my intake temperatures? Whilst this may seem gospel, there is actually a relatively small amount of information out there for how to effectively go about this, or understanding of why this is so important? We have decided to debunk these common phrases to help you clearly understand how this can be done achieved. Remember, a cooler airflow, is a denser air flow. A denser airflow provides a better platform for combustion – when combined with fuel.
Lower intake temperatures create a more efficient combustion cycle. Every application can be very different, experiencing different extreme elements or flow patterns, so we have put together a few ways of how this vital technical practice can be achieved:
GOLD Reflective heat tape
Reflective Heat tape is the most obvious solution to protecting induction pipework. Commonly found on many race applications and space craft, Gold reflective Heat tape can help reflect away up to 80% of all radiant heat. When used correctly, this additional protection can help the physical pipework reduce conduction of heat, and therefore reduce the transfer onto the airflow passing into it. This is a relatively cheap and easy modification that can be used on any hard piped induction system and heat shield. The tapes are self adhesive and can be hugely successful when used correctly. See our other blogs showing how Gold heat tape works (in more detail) as well as a case study of one team and how they used Gold Tape to drastically improve their “restricted” performance.
Top Tip: Thinner strips create the neatest application when working with complex curves and corners.
Induction tube sleeving
Lower intake temperatures can be helped by managing convectional heat transfer as well as radiant. Our induction tube sleeving can make for easy fitment to your entire induction route, without the need for timely and super accurate application. Available in both 1m and 30cm lengths, the tube simply fits around the induction pipework to protect from convectional heat sources which are super close to the sensitive pipework. Increase performance, whilst neatening up the engine bay tenfold!
These are available in both gold and silver and are fully customisable. Slightly thicker than the induction tube sleeving, the heat blankets are used to ensure a tight and very neat application to your complex pipework. Championship winning BTCC teams and World Rally Cross teams have utilised our easy trim and shape Gold Heat Blankets to create a consistent and cool intake temperature when running in all conditions. The teams love the thicker construction of these products, allowing for maximum pipework insulation as well as maximum radiant heat deflection due to the high shine finish! Our blankets can be secured in a number of ways, which ever best suits your application; Metal zip ties, cable ties, Reflective Heat Tape, anchor and nut systems adhesives – to name a few.
Lace up induction tube sleeving
Another great product which is very similar to the Velcro Induction Tube Sleeving. These products are commonly used within the FIA F3 and FIA F4 single seater race scenes to help provide maximum reductions in intake temperatures and have the versatility of easy removal should this be required. Lace up Induction Tube Sleeving is great for curved applications which have limited space to work with. Effective, simple and proven within top flight motorsport.
Aluminium barrier sheeting
Aluminium barrier sheeting is available in both single ply and dual layer variations. Allowing for ultimate customisation for perfect heat shield insulation. Easily bent, cut, shaped, drilled, bonded, riveted and fastened to create a the most heat efficient intake protection. This option has been used by our most detailed clients, which have intake pipes which run unbelievably close to exhaust manifolds and turbo turbine housings. If the time is available, we cannot recommend a custom dual layer heat shield enough against heat protection for vital intake pipes. See our video section for a great understanding of just how powerful this can be on heat protection.
Ok, this isn’t directly an induction pipe component, but turbo blankets are a highly beneficial component which will dramatically reduce all engine bay temperatures. Lower engine bay temperatures, less stressed components and also cooler induction pipework – MORE PERFORMANCE and Better reliability. Turbo blankets can greatly lower your intake temperatures. Check a specific blog post on this here.
As you can tell, there is more than one way to skin a cat as it were. Many many options are available to help improve performance from an area which can be “free” performance gains! Still unsure? We would be more than happy to help you out. Let us know some details of your application and we are more than happy to help you make the best decision for your build.
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As well as an aesthetic or structural integrity nightmare, paint damage or bubbling paint can indicate that your car has a heat issue.
Very commonly seen in the performance and aftermarket sectors, bonnets and panels can become weak due to an excessive build-up of heat in a specific area. This is most commonly caused in the same area as a turbo is mounted or a high flow exhaust manifold is found. As we know these components are the hottest within the engine bay. This heat naturally dissipates outward and coming to an abrupt stop on your bonnet (hood), wings or bulkhead. Over time, consistent heating and cooling of these parts (which are not designed to dramatically change in temperature like a turbo or exhaust system), can cause fracturing as well as decomposition of the finish and cause paint damage..
Some modern cars come standard with additional heat protection on these parts, though this is not much help if your car has begun to develop these issues over time. Luckily, there are a number of options which have been developed using Formula 1 technology to take direct to your road car. These options can be used individually, or as a combination. Different applications will require a different approach, though the information below will help provide some insight as to how each can work for you.
Gold Reflective Heat Tape.
First up, gold tape! With Gold being one of the best radiators of heat, this technology has been used for decades on under bonnets (hood), bulkheads and inner panels. This is a great looking and self-adhesive product which allows for easy fitment to any surface. Gold reflective heat tape can reflect away up to 80% of radiant heat transfer, to provide the protection you require to your structural components. To learn a little more about Gold Reflective Heat tape, click here to read a little more about our specific article on this topic.
Dual layer sheeting
Dual layer heat sheeting is the daddy of barrier protection. Similar to heat barrier material in which you would see on your OEM application, only with 2 barrier skins and an additional thick fibrous layer inside. This inner material is the same as what is found within our turbo blankets! Dual layer barrier sheeting is great for direct to bonnet (hood) or bulk head applications as well as constructing a shielding barrier around heat sensitive areas (like brake master cylinders, fuel systems or induction pipework). The great thing about this solution is that is can easily be cut, bent, shaped and drilled to your custom application. It is common to find this product in use to line exhaust and transmission tunnels, turbos, exhaust manifolds or as an additional skin to the bodywork to prevent paint damage. Click here to see some testing videos of this product in action!
Naturally only suitable for turbo applications. Turbo blankets help twofold – dramatically reducing heat transfer into the engine bay itself, as well as using the additional heat energy within the turbo to help accelerate gases further and use the wasted energy to help spool up the turbo a little quicker. Turbo Jackets as they are also known, are extremely capable components which many teams and drivers swear by. Our particular mk2 turbo blanket has been developed with World RX driver Riku Tahko. Whilst we do not recommend that you try this at home, our turbo blankets can comfortably be touched whilst the engine is under operation! Click here to watch some bare hand videos of our turbo blankets in use. This should help you understand how much less heat could be dissipated within your engine bay when using one of our Funk Motorsport Turbo Blankets.
Finally, the age old classic. Operating in a very similar way to the turbo blanket above, the customisable exhaust wrap helps hold the heat within the pipework as opposed to expelling this within the engine bay. Without wasting the heat energy, the gases are again accelerated to produce an easier breathing and flowing engine to help unfold its potential! We have another specific post on exhaust wrap which can be found here. This will allow you to understand exhaust wrap usage in a little more depth to see if it is the correct part for you. We also have a step by step video guide which can be found here.
Whilst the list doesn’t end there, we hope that this has helped you understand that there are a large number of methods available to protect your fragile and sensitive components and bodywork panels from paint damage. So, if you begin to notice an area on your bonnet getting hot, or some paintwork beginning to bubble. Consider some of the options above, or contact us to help pinpoint the ideal components for your application.
Thanks for reading, if this has been of interest to yourself keep an eye out in future on our future technical articles.
Still unsure of what application is best suited to yourself? Drop us a message, we will be happy to tailor this information direct for your application.
After a successful year in 2017 and the sponsorship of drivers in the British Drift Championship, we have decided to team up with the British Drift Championship to partner the 2018 drift series. Having dealt with many heat issues of suffering drift drivers, we wanted to bring more of our expertise to the world of drifting both within the UK and beyond..
“Our decision to sponsor the British Drift Championship in 2018 is one that we are extremely proud of here at Funk Motorsport. Having dealt with many heat issues of suffering competition drifters in recent years, it made perfect sense for us to join Dave Egan and the team for the 10th British Drift Championship season. Our small team of Heat Management experts is here to advise, support and supply the best thermal solutions, while constantly adapting and developing our brand to meet the needs of elite competition. We strive for perfection here at Funk Motorsport and the British Drift Championship share our vision. Let the drifting begin!”
– Steve Hodges – Director, Funk Motorsport
Announcing the partnership for the coming year, BDC CEO David Egan was extremely excited about having the energy, innovation, and professionalism of Funk Motorsport so closely aligned with the BDC in 2018.
“We at the British Drift Championship are constantly trying to innovate and improve our unique product. Aligning with a young company who share the exact same philosophy is extremely fitting. Funk Motorsport are producing fantastic products that truly help our competitors improve their vehicle’s performance and reliability. We will push our drivers harder than ever before this season, so it is an opportune time to avail of the exceptional research and development Funk Motorsport have carried out.”
– David Egan – CEO, British Drift Championship
We look forward to supporting the BDC throughout the 2018 season!
To read all about the events of round 1, with Oliver Bolton, click here. https://www.funkmotorsport.com/winter-rebuild-bdc-round-1-oliver-bolton/