The 2015 Mustang has been extremely successful among performance enthusiasts, and thousands of people are already putting them through their paces on the track. But racers are always looking for an edge, something that will give them an advantage over the competition. Whether it’s on the drag strip, autocross course, or oval, Mustang owners are always looking for a little extra power.
Following up AIRAID’s successful MXP Series Cold Air Intakes for late-model Mustangs, AIRAID now offers new Race-Only Cold Air Dam (CAD) Intake Systems for 2015 Mustangs equipped with the 2.3L EcoBoost, 3.7L V6, and 5.0L V8. These new race-only air intake systems deliver what racers demand: maximum unrestricted airflow to the engine. Though these new systems will work with the factory tuning, they are designed to support the additional airflow requirements of other performance modifications.
The new race-only intakes start with Cold Air Dam Panels that take the place of the factory air filter box. These panels keep the filter isolated from hot engine compartment air while providing a very large forward-facing area to draw in cool outside air. The panels utilize factory mounting holes, so there is no drilling or trimming required for installation.
Blade-style weatherstripping positioned along the top of the CAD panels seals against the hood to further isolate the filter from hot under hood air. The design increases the path for cool outside air to reach the filter, but the unshrouded design does leave the filter exposed. For this reason, AIRAID strongly recommends that the intake be used in dry controlled conditions such as those experienced on a closed course or race track.
The AIRAID intake systems for the 2015 Ford Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost, 3.7L V6 and 5.0 L V8 GT include a large Track Day oiled filter. Normal AIRAID premium filters feature four layers of cotton gauze plus a synthetic layer for excellent flow and filtration characteristics. AIRAID Track Day filters utilize four layers of cotton gauze for even more airflow while keeping filtration at acceptable levels. AIRAID Track Day filters can be run dry or oiled by the user as an extra measure of filtration.
Application-specific air intake tubes connect the Cold Air Dam assembly to the throttle body on the engine. Designed to maximize airflow and eliminate restrictions, the 5.0L intake tube included with the 450-329 air intake measures 4” in diameter at the throttle body to accommodate an aftermarket throttle body, and also has a specially formed venturi to ensure accurate MAF sensor readings.
Like the 5.0L tube, the 2015 Ford Mustang 3.7L intake tube included with the 450-331 intake is larger in diameter than the factory tube and has a venturi for MAF accuracy. The 2.3L EcoBoost intake tube in the 450-330 system has a large 3.5” diameter opening at the turbo inlet to support turbo modifications. A special coupler necks down to accommodate the factory turbo, but the system is compatible with a larger diameter turbo by simply swapping to a larger coupler.
It is worth repeating that because of the exposed open-element design of the Cold Air Dam panels, AIRAID recommends these intake systems only be used in dry track conditions. AIRAID also strongly recommends the use of a pre-filter if used in wet environments. Also note that the 2015 Mustang race-specific intakes delete the sound tube feature; block off caps are included for both the firewall and the intake tube. For everyday street use, AIRAID recommends its MXP Cold Air Intake Systems for the 2015 Mustang, which include the 450-326 for the 2.3L EcoBoost, the 450-327 for the 3.7L V6, and the 450-328 for the 5.0L GT. Like the rest of AIRAID’s product line, these new kits are proudly Made in the USA.
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