More Power Faster Acceleration for Supercharged Mustang GT500

More Power Faster Acceleration for Supercharged Mustang GT500

 Mustang Shelby GT500 07- Double Pass Air/Water Heat Exchanger by AFCO Racing PN 80280PRO and PRO Black with Double SPAL Fans



GT500 afco heat exchanger 80280pro

How to Boost your Mustang GT500 Power up to 10% Over the Stock Heat Exchanger Intercooler 


"A heat exchanger is a device used to transfer heat between a solid object and a fluid..."

In automotive, heat exchangers are used primarily to cool water and oil. For those of us with an eye on performance whether for racing, towing, or just in search of the better grin factor, heat exchangers are installed on vehicles with superchargers to reduce the intake air charge temperature.

Factory supercharged cars and trucks come equipped with heat exchangers. You can upgrade your stock unit to larger and thicker variants like the double pass heat exchangers produced by AFCO racing, and sold by The larger units are 3 times thicker than stock ones and they offer 350% more cooling area.

AFCO RACING offers a complete line of air-water heat exchangers that improve intake cooling by up to 70 degrees and improve power by up to 10%. The AFCO/ intercoolers have 350% greater surface area, they are three times thicker and they consist of the greatly successful double pass design as used in NASCAR and Open Wheel professional racing water radiator






F150 with frame

 Racers and business owners who own a Ford F150 equipped with a supercharger will be pleased to hear that AFCO and have upgraded heat exchangers for their trucks. Racers often tow long distances to events where a 10 or 15% savings in fuel will go a long way in buying new tires. If you use your Ford F150 for work the fuel savings will look good on your bottom line.


Water to air heat exchangers are much more efficient, they are easier to package they do not “heat soak” as readily as the air to air type, and they are ideal for daily driving and towing over long hills and when faced with headwinds. Drag racers and autocross drivers have experienced great results with upgraded water to air coolers.Water to air heat exchangers are used on engines equipped with superchargers where water flows through the cooler and air flows through the fins. The cool water then flows to the core under the blower where the core cools the intake air. This drawing from Random84 is typical of a water-to-air heat exchanger/intercooler.  


Intercoolers vs Heat Exchangers

Intercoolers and heat exchangers serve the same purpose. Both cool the compressed intake charge before the engine ingests it. Intercoolers are primarily used to cool the intake air on engines equipped with turbochargers, while heat exchangers cool the intake air for engines fitted with superchargers. The two terms have become interchangeable with "heat exchanger" being used predominantly in conjunction with superchargers. Both improve the fun factor behind the wheel, and they help reduce the numbers on the stopwatch or the timing slip.

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There are two types of heat exchangers for automotive and truck use. The air to air type and the water to air. In the first variant, the intake air runs through the heat exchanger where it is cooled by the air that flows through it. In the second alternative, a dedicated pump forces water through the heat exchanger where the water is cooled by the air flowing through the grill opening or the depression created by the fans when a heat exchanger is used. The pump forces the water into the core under the supercharger through which the intake air is cooled.


Improve power, acceleration, and performance. Mustang GT500 heat exchanger offers 350% more cooling area than stock and comes with two SPAL electric fans, relays and easy plugin harness.Part Number 80280PRO

80280PROB AFCO heat exchanger with dual Spal fans




The 80280PROB AFCO Racing heat exchangers are  available in black heat reflective coating and with SPAL double electric fans. These units also come with the complete installation kit and connections.



In the vernacular, it is believed that a double-pass radiator improves cooling performance because of the erroneous notion that passing the coolant twice through the radiator will make the coolant remain in the radiator twice as long, thus improving the cooling performance.

In a double pass radiator, however, only half of the coolant passes through the radiator at one time. Twice the time at half the volume takes us back to the same place as with a single pass radiator. So what is the point of a double pass radiator? 

One of the main reasons double pass radiators is that the smaller volume the water is squeezed into increases the pressure. The pressure forces the water against the cooling tubes to further reduce the temperature of the water. Engine double pass radiators are used on some vehicles the inlet and outlet need to be on the same side of the radiator to accommodate the plumbing. Placing the inlet and outlet on the same side of the radiator on a single pass radiator would cause the water to stop flowing through the tubes as the water would enter and exit the same side of the radiator. To avoid this situation manufacturers insert a baffle between the top and lower portions of the radiator. In this case, the coolant flows in one direction and it returns in the other. Half the water passes twice through the radiator at a time. 


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AFCO Racing Dual Pass HEAT EXCHANGER with NASCAR-style double pass technology and full grill coverage increases cooling surface by 350% reduces intake temperatures 60 to 70 degrees.



Improves power and torque by as much as 10% over stock Ford unit

  • Reduces inlet temps to near ambient while under boost
  • Greatly improves power over factory unit
  • Installs with simple hand tools in about 60 minutes
  • Consistent Performance keeps coolant temp stable, pass after pass, lap after lap
  • Direct Fit - NO cutting & NO drilling required



  • Optimized core and fin technology for maximum air flow and ultimate heat dissipation
  • Dual 10-inch Spal fans with relays and wiring harness
  • Natural satin aluminum finish
  • NASCAR style double pass design for optimum cooling and max power
  • All Aluminum TIG-welded construction and NO EPOXY for maximum durability and cooling
  • Large 1-inch tube core technology causes the air to tumble and lap the cool surfaces for maximum performance
  • Wind tunnel tested fin design improve air flow and cooling over the stock unit
  • NASCAR style double pass engineering



  • Double Pass Heat Exchanger With Dual Fans, Harness, and Relay

  • Satin Finish and Black Heat Reflective Coat

  • 2007-12 Ford Shelby GT500

  • 350% More Cooling Area Than Stock

  • L - 26-7/32" x W - 5-3/8" x H - 8-29/32"

 Heat exchangers stock vs AFCOThe photo clearly illustrates the added features of the AFCO upgraded heat exchanger that add up to as much as a 10% increase in power on some vehicles after repeated or prolonged throttle applications. Some units are available with dual SPAL electric fans to promote even greater cooling at slow speeds and such as in traffic and in autocross or in staging for drag racing. Many racers tow their race cars with Ford trucks. Part numbers 80284, 80245 and 80249 for the Ford Lightning or F-150 Raptors.

AFCO the American company best known for its long involvement in NASCAR and Open Wheel Racing. The Boonville, Indiana, company engineers and manufactures all its race and performance products in the US purposely for racing and high performance. 


Each 10-degree F drop in intake temperature releases some 1 to 1.5 percent increase in power. Your GT500 motor should produce 6 to 10 percent more power over the Ford intercooler at full throttle.*


charles law appliedspeed.comCharle's Law dictates that the temperature of any gas is directly proportional to its pressure. As such, if the ambient air temperature is let’s say, 70 degrees, and the air is further compressed by the supercharger to an additional 14.7 PSI the intake charge will now reach 140 degrees.***


AFCO’s upgrade heat exchanger is a true bolt-on piece. It is simple to install for any do-it-yourselfer or technician.

All hardware and instructions included for a job done right.

Engineered construction causes the hot air to tumble and lap against the inside of the large cool tube surfaces. 

Squeeze every last bit of power from your motor by reducing overheated intake temperature and the dreaded timing retard.


     "Each ten-degree intake temperature reduction amounts to about one to one and a half percent power increase." Smokey Yunick, NASCAR Standout.


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