Elevate Volvo C30 T5 Performance Air Intake
- Combines with the ELEVATE Turbo Intake Pipe to form a complete intake system
- Power gains of over +7hp and +12ftlb (16 Nm) of torque increase at the wheels
- Precision formed and powder coated 3.5″ aluminum
- Large, washable and reusable dry air filter element
- Water repellent cover for the air filter
- Easy installation-everything included for a clean installation
- Choice of three silicone hose colors
- Made in USA
The ELEVATE Volvo C30 T5 Air Intake is engineered and constructed to provide maximum power and torque gains for the T5 engine. Can be used with or without the ELEVATE Turbo Intake Pipe. This is achieved by increasing both flow and capacity when compared to the stock air box. Power gains are dependent on the state of tune of the engine, but even a mildly tuned engine will see a power gain of +7whp and +12ftlb of torque at the wheels. The higher the engine output, the more effective our Air Intake becomes as additional air flow is required by the engine. We start with a high quality, washable and reusable dry air filter. The tapered oval design of our air filter element has almost 2.5 times the surface area of the stock panel air filter, allowing maximum air flow and larger area to filter the incoming air. The air filter is covered with a removable, washable water repellent cover which allows air to freely pass through, yet keeps water out. The water repellent cover also lengthens the time between air filter cleanings. Our precision bent 3.5" diameter aluminum tube is has a bright silver powder coated finish inside and out to help reflect heat and stay looking great. We tested both 3" and 3.5" diameter piping and found the 3.5" pipe to make power that a 3" intake pipe simply couldn't. The pipe has a machined pin welded to attach the pipe to a factory mounting point on the lower inlet manifold for an easy, secure installation. The intake hose is connected to the MAF sensor using our silicone hose and included clamps. Your choice of silicone hose color in Blue, Red or Black. The factory air box has mounting and cooling provisions for the ECU. Our Air Intake has a black powder coated aluminum bracket that mounts the ECU in the engine bay with plenty of air flowing over its cooling fins. We have tested this design for over three years with prolonged use in some of the hottest parts of California (outside temperatures over 110 degrees F, 43 degrees C), to prove to ourselves that the ECU has sufficient cooling. Additionally, we trust the Ford engineers who mount the ECU in a similar location WITHIN a plastic box (no direct air flowing through) on the famous and powerful Ford Focus RS which shares the T5 engine (albeit with a larger turbo).
Why not a "cold intake system"?
The cooler the air that reaches the combustion chamber, the better as cooler air is richer in oxygen to assist in the burn of the power stroke. Reality is, on a turbocharged vehicle, the importance of "cold" air is far less of a factor than on a normally aspirated vehicle. On a turbocharged vehicle, the incoming air is pressurized by the turbo, where it heats up significantly, then passes through an intercooler to be cooled back down before it passes the throttle body and enters the engine. On a normally aspirated vehicle, the air goes straight into the engine without being heated by the turbocharger. Our air filter is located low and in front of the engine behind the radiator, where a constant flow of air is fed as the car is at speed and even at a stop when the fan turns on. While the water temperature may be 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) inside the radiator, a radiator is not so efficient that it expels all of its heat to the ambient air passing through it. When at speeds over 15mph (24kph), there is sufficient ram air passing through the radiator that the actual air temperature increase by the heat being expelled by the air conditioning condenser and radiator is negligible.
Installation is easily accomplished by the do-it-yourselfer with some automotive skill and hand tools. Premium hardware and detailed instructions are included. This and other Elevate products may not be legal for use on some road vehicles. Check local laws.
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realcoolc (verified owner) –
I just installed this as the first mod to my C30 R design along with the turbo intake pipe after months of fixing it. I have to say the sound when I did the first rev in the garage was insane. Keep in mind this is stock exhaust system as well. If you’re thinking about what to do first this is going to make your car a hell of a lot more fun.
Tip for installation: be patient and follow the directions carefully and make adjustments before tightening stuff down all the way, it’s a very precise fit that works well when done right. 5 Stars
Diabolicalgirl (verified owner) –
As others have mentioned, the hardest part is removing the stock air box. Since I knew I would be trashing it, I used a bypass lopper that you use to cut thick branches. It worked like a charm, a few snips and that air box was toast. After that, it was plug and play.
This is something to do first! The sound when the car is warming up music to my ears! Combine this with a dual port compressor by pass valve and you got yourself a party, quality is pristine, very well packed the staff is very helpful wit everything
Britton (verified owner) –
Super happy with the intake. Noticeable gains in HP and torque. Lots more turbo sounds… I highly recommend this for anyone looking to boost their C30 a bit and open the door for more Elevate Mods.
Matt (verified owner) –
If you do anything else, do the air intake first. If nothing else, it makes it a whole lot easier to change the oil filter! Paired with the other intake goodies (and downpipe and tune) this is an essential mod. I don’t know if the air intake does much on its own but combined with the rest of the intake and exhaust improvements the performance gains are excellent.
Coralina (verified owner) –
The installation was easy enough and took my time. Ultimately, the end product was what I wanted, style and power. Imma beginner!
Love the look and very happy with this purchase and product.
BLK DYMD –
No issues with the installation but ultimately easily installed. Also looks great and very clean! Love it!
Scott J –
Super easy install with hand tools. Much better fit, design and looks than the k&n typhoon that I replaced. Noticeable gain in power. (K16 turbo with all proper plumbing, elevate waste gate, elevate dual bypass valve, full Elevate performance exhaust with 3″ down pipe previously installed.)
Thanks again Elevate,
Daniel G –
This is the first-ever modification I put on any car. I followed the instructions carefully, and was able to do it in a matter of a few hours. This air intake, along with some ECU adjustment will totally change the perception you have of your car. Turbo spool is now audible after installing this modification, and that just illustrates how much more air the engine is able to pull through the high-flow, high-surface area filter, and mandrel-bent intake pipe. After successfully doing this project, I now am so confident that I tackle projects I thought only mechanics were capable of doing.
No issues with installation, just take your time. Looks good once all finished. Noticeable noise in the car as it pulls.
Bryce (verified owner) –
This was my first modification to my stock C30 R. Absolutely noticeable gains in throttle response and spool up time. Fantastic quality and attention to detailed fitment.
matthew (verified owner) –
Not sure if this product makes any performance gains, stock airbox very difficult to remove.
Overall quality of the product is good, well made.