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Old 05-08-2001, 04:53 AM
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Hi:

Has anyone tried to use the Tornado Air Management System? So a infomertial about it. A guy that had a MB claims that it increased his horse power and gas milage by 5mpg's. Fact or fiction?

Will it open a whole new can of worms by throwing off the way the fuel is burnt?

Any input will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-08-2001, 11:11 AM
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I find infomercials entertaining and clever. I never use a product from an infomercial to substitute for the manufacturer's product, because of claims made during the infomercial. I don't believe that testimonials prove the product will perform, they only hint that they might.

When claims are made for "...up to" anything, remember that "zero" is legally included in "up to."

I'm not cynical, I prefer to be thought of as an Experienced Optimist.

My $0.02? Invest in a good cleaning and detailing and admire the car's beauty and don't believe somebody on TV can out-engineer MBs engineers.

BCingU, Jim
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Old 05-09-2001, 11:19 AM
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Okay, here's my two cents worth...

About a year ago I read an article in Sport Compact Car magazine, where they tested the Tornado under controlled conditions (i.e. , dynamometer, etc.). They even had the guy from the infomercial witness the tests.

The results were as follows: the dynamometer showed no measureable increase (or decrease) in horsepower as a result of the installation of the Tornado. The infomercial guy refuted the results, saying that it was improperly installed. So they let him do the install for the next test.

Again, no measurable results. Basically, another snake oil product...it's sold in the same stores where they sell those magnets that you put around your fuel lines to improve fuel efficiency.

Besides, any air swirl tweaking must occur near the combustion chambers for any performance gain to be realized...besides, that swirl (allegedly created by the Tornado) would get dissipated with the variety of plumbing that the air must travel through before getting there. That's where head porting comes in...and MB already covers that pretty well.

The only airflow change that could give you a real measurable horespower increase would be by cooling the air and compressing it...but someone has already invented the turbocharger/supercharger and intercooler.

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Old 05-09-2001, 11:20 AM
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Okay, here's my two cents worth...

About a year ago I read an article in Sport Compact Car magazine, where they tested the Tornado under controlled conditions (i.e. , dynamometer, etc.). They even had the guy from the infomercial witness the tests.

The results were as follows: the dynamometer showed no measureable increase (or decrease) in horsepower as a result of the installation of the Tornado. The infomercial guy refuted the results, saying that it was improperly installed. So they let him do the install for the next test.

Again, no measurable results. Basically, another snake oil product...it's sold in the same stores where they sell those magnets that you put around your fuel lines to improve fuel efficiency.

Besides, any air swirl tweaking must occur near the combustion chambers for any performance gain to be realized...besides, that swirl (allegedly created by the Tornado) would get dissipated with the variety of plumbing that the air must travel through before getting there. That's where head porting comes in...and MB already covers that pretty well.

The only airflow change that could give you a real measurable horsepower increase would be by cooling the air and compressing it...but someone has already invented the turbocharger/supercharger and intercooler.

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