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BMC Performance Air Filters

BMC performance air filters are today one of the leading manufactures and designers of high performance air filters and induction kits.  BMC air filters produce an induction kit and performance air filter range which is second to none.  Based in Bologna Italy BMC was founded in 1973 and was essentially a motorcycle accessories distributor.  Brands distributed included Yoshimura, Bridgestone and Kayaba.

During 1991 BMC air filters also began distributing technical products for cars.  Their first customers included Cosworth and Ferrari.  In 1995 BMC began to produce their own range of performance air filters.  This was primarily due to an enquiry from the Ferrari Suderia Formula 1 team for air filters for their grand prix cars.  It was not difficult for an enterprising company such as BMC air filters to create an induction kit and performance air filter range of products using their expertise gained in the field of motorsport.   Our Current BMC air filter range includes panel filters, conical and cylindrical range of sport air filters which replace original equipment air filters.  For further performance gains BMC air filters produce their direct induction kits and the renowned CDA induction kit with Carbon Air box.  The latest innovation is the oval trumpet air box or OTA induction kit with is being developed for most modern performance cars.

BMC air filters aims are clear they are dedicated to producing high product quality and a comprehensive product range that not only looks great but performs great too.
Designed and manufactured by Italian Engineers to be used in extreme conditions, BMC air filters give you the highest performance and quality.  From 1996 BMC air filters have been equipping some of the most important Teams in Formula 1 and the American Le Mans Series.  Top teams including Ferrari, Toyota, Williams, BMW, Prost, Sauber, Minardi, Porsche and Audi have all specified BMC air filters demonstrating the high quality level and performance of the product.

Race cars equipped with BMC air filters have achieved the following results:
Formula 1 Constructors World Championship, 1999, 2000, 2001
Formula 1 Drivers World Championship, 2000 and 2001
American Le Mans Series, 2000, 2001
Le Mans 24 Hours 2000: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
Le Mans 24 Hours 2001: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Le Mans 24 Hours
Each year a large audience of spectators and engineers from across the world focus their attention on the French town of Le Mans to follow the 24 Hours race.  Le Mans Teams invest all of their energy and know how in to winning the most famous and gruelling endurance trial in the world.  During the 24 hour race the race cars cover approximately 5,000 Km at an average speed of more than 200 Km/h.  Engine air filters work to protect the engine from the outside elements such as dust, dirt oil, and other debris being sucked into the engine intake.  Whist offering engine protection the air filters must also enable maximum airflow so that engine power is not reduced by restrictive filtering.  During the 2000 Le Mans 24 Hours an Audi race car equipped with a BMC air filter won the race! With sister cars coming in second! And Third!  The storey was repeated in 2001 when the cars came first! Second! And third again equipped with BMC performance air filters.

American Le Mans Series
Due to the success of the fantastic competition that is the French Le Mans series, a new Championship, names American Le Mans Series was created in 1999.  This car race as per the original on the other side of the world in France is one of the most difficult of endurance motosport disciplines. This endurance race strains men, resources and machines. This exciting series of events consists of 12 races, 8 in USA, 2 in Europe, 1 in Canada and 1 in Australia. It uses the same name and rules of the French race and offers spectators the same high speed thrills.  BMC air filters are an official supplier in the American Le Mans Series for the Alex Job Racing Team racing in the GT category with the Porsche 911 GT3.  BMC performance air filters also supply air filters to AUDI for the Audi R8 in LMP900 class and to BMW for the M3 in GT category.

Materials and Design
BMC’s qualified engineering staff use advanced software and technical expertise along with the latest technologies to produce BMC performance air filters.  A filter used in Formula 1 must be very light and durable.  Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport with this comes high expectations of the supplier to the race teams.  Formula 1 filters must be made using the best raw materials available and must improve performance while protecting the engine. For this reason BMC air filters use only alloy mesh with epoxy coating to ensure protection from petrol fumes and from oxidization due to the humidity of the air.  BMC’s actual filtering material consists of special cotton gauze which is soaked with low-viscosity oil to give you dust and dirt retention protecting your engine.  BMC performance air filters have developed a particular production system which is based on a soft rubber moulding which produces the familiar BMC red filters. These filters are made in a single piece with no welded seams in any corner.  This is to avoid breaking risks and maintain durability. This system is called "Full Moulding" and comes from research and development in Formula 1 and its significant to the success of BMC air filters' technical and quality specifics.

BMC Panel Filter
A BMC panel filter is a replacement for the original air filter found in the standard air filter housing.  They can be panel, conical or cylindrical shaped.  Fitting is a simple matter of replacing the new BMC air filter for the original one and making sure its housing is sealed correctly.  BMC panel air filters are designed and produced to allow a higher air flow than original paper filters to improve performance and maintain or improve on engine protection.
In Formula1 for example, BMC cotton filters minimize the loss of air flow pressure passing through the air filter; this ensures the best situation for full exploitation of maximum power. Therefore the benefits of replacing the original paper filter with BMC performance air filter which is produced using the same technology and materials as with the Formula1 air filter are easy to appreciate.  Additional benefits include the fact that the panel filter is easily cleaned and re charged using one of BMC’s filter washing kits.  Each washing kit contains air filter cleaner which is a detergent and the oil which comes in an aerosol dispenser or dispenser bottle.  BMC recommend filter cleaning at approx 25,000Km depending on usage and conditions.

BMC CDA induction Kit
The superb BMC CDA (carbon dynamic air box) induction kit is known throughout modified car circles and tuning industry gurus as a leader in its class.  Offering high levels of engine protection with substantial power gains BMC CDA is worthy of its reputation.  By replacing your original air filter housing with a BMC CDA induction kit you are choosing to increase engine power while maintaining a high level of engine protection.  The BMC CDA filtering system is comprises of a cylindrical carbon fibre air box that contains a reusable washable BMC filtering element.  Carbon fibre composite material was chosen for the CDA induction kit filter housing due to its low thermal conductivity.  This ensures the internal filter element is insulated from heat produced in the engine compartment.  The cooler the intake air is the better for performance increases and thermal efficiency.  Although only a by-product the Carbon fibre filter housing looks great under the bonnet of any performance car.

With a BMC CDA induction kit cold air is directly fed from front of car through flexible black aluminium trucking to the filter housing.  The incoming air is accelerated by an internal airflow deflector through the air filter and then drawn into your engine with a very small pressure drop.  This is a BMC patented system.  The cool dense air being fed to the engine is essential for performance increases.  With BMC significant performance increases are backed up with Datron Laser and dyno tests that show the delivery of both torque and engine power increases.  The BMC CDA induction Kit includes a flexible black aluminium trucking 600mm in length to connect the induction kit to an air intake positioned at the front of the car.   The BMC CDA induction Kit is available in two different sizes.  It is advised buyers use the CDA Type 1 for engine capacities of up to 1600cc and CDA Type 2 for larger engine capacities.  Both types are available in different diameter connections to the engine intake.  Most popular performance cars are available as car specific kits with the correct fixings included.

Caution CDA frauds
Unfortunately as with lots of high end branded products there are cheap imitations of the popular CDA induction kits available.  These kits won’t produce the performance increases or levels of engine performance enjoyed by owners of genuine BMC CDA induction kits and should be avoided.  In fact a poorly designed induction kit could reduce performance and engine life

There are three easy things to check.

1/ Check for trade mark BMC printed directly in the treated carbon is visible inside the carbon cylinder reading “Patented System”.

2/Check that trade mark BMC is visible and stand outs on the flanges (engine side and air inlet side), pressed in when moulded.

3/Check that CDA® box contains a plastic bag marked BMC with the accessories in it.

BMC OTA induction kit
The BMC OTA induction kit (Oval Trumpet Airbox) is the latest BMC innovation that builds on the successful BMC CDA induction kit.  The OTA carbon fibre air box is a revolutionary shape that works while horizontal, vertical or diagonal.  As with BMC CDA incoming air is accelerated by an internal airflow deflector through your air filter and then drawn into your engine with a very small pressure drop.  This is a BMC patented system.  The cool dense air being fed to the engine is essential for performance increases. As you would expect the OTA delivers performance gains and offers excellent engine protection.  OTA kits have been fitted to the Fiat 500 Abarth, Lotus Elise S1, Seat Leon 2.0i T FSi, Seat Leon Cupra 1.8T and Lamborghini Gallardo V10.  


BMC regeneration kit
BMC recommend cleaning your filter at approx 25,000Km depending on usage and local conditions.
Each BMC filter is easily cleaned and re charged using one of BMC’s filter washing kits.  Every washing kit contains air filter cleaner which is a detergent and retention oil which comes in an aerosol dispenser or dispenser bottle.

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