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Old 01-03-2006, 11:40 PM
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Lightbulb Cold air = power!

Turbochargers and superchargers compress the air going into your engine.
Air + Fuel = Power
The more air and fuel you can cram in there means more power.
The act of compressing the air causes it to get hotter. (PV=nRT)
Hot air produces less power in your engine than the same amount of cooler air.
An intercooler cools the compressed air before it enters your engine. Since it is located between the turbo and the engine it is an INTERcooler.

There is little to be gained by using an intercooler on a normally aspirated engine.
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