With a Little Help from My Aux Rads - Auxiliary Radiator R&D, Part 1: Stock Review
As I'm sure many of you know, we strive for transparency here at Mishimoto, and we love sharing our development process with all of you. There are many benefits to this, and hearing your feedback ranks highly among them. That said, our search for inspiration is wide-reaching and multidisciplinary. Just recently, I happened upon an interview with Noam Chomsky, renowned thinker and MIT professor, who is quoted as saying: "I like the cold weather. It means you get more work done".
I think Chomsky missed his calling in the automotive parts industry, because his sentiment is very much in line with how we feel about coolant temperatures in your 2016 Camaro SS. To that end, I'm sure he would be thrilled to learn that we have begun development on a brand new set of Camaro auxiliary radiators!
From the factory, the 2016 Camaro SS has a very complex cooling system. The car comes kitted with a front-mounted liquid-to-air heat exchanger, as is standard on most cars. However, this traditional radiator is supplemented by two smaller radiators that are placed on either side, just in front of each wheel well. This setup is also present on any non-V8 Camaro models equipped with the heavy-duty cooling and brake package.
Coolant leaves the engine and flows to the end tank of the primary Camaro radiator. From there, some of the coolant travels through the main core, but the rest is routed through lines that lead to the parallel auxiliary radiators and through their respective cores. The passages are rejoined at last in the lower radiator hose, where coolant is recollected and routed back to the LT1, which sucks that stuff down like it's going out of style.
Let's take a look at how cool air gets to this Camaro radiator.
Air enters through vented cutouts on both sides of the front bumper, and an inner plastic cowl directs it through ducting to the auxiliary radiators.
Next, the air passes through the radiators and out into the wheel well, where it exits through a grate that is integrated into the fender liner.
These 2016 Camaro parts are complex and impressive, but we plan on making them even better.
We will be checking out some of the super cool 3D models that our engineers have been tirelessly cooking up. Keep checking our forum threads and our engineering blog for updates on this project, as well as some of our other 2016 Camaro parts projects!
Stay cool, and thanks for reading!