About as subtle as hurling a brick through your neighbours window at 1am on a Saturday morning, the Astra VXR has proved to be massively successful for Vauxhall since its inception little over a decade ago, its legions of fans no doubt won over by the model’s copious power, neat looks and ability to humble far more exotic machinery in terms of real-world performance. The latest Astra to wear the iconic VXR badge is the J, the sixth generation and undoubtedly the most complete offering so far, and a car that Pipercross has just announced a brand new air filter for.
The fact that Pipercross has supplied air filters to some of the leading teams competing within the World Rally Championship and the BTCC means that the firm is ideally placed to lead innovation within this hugely important field, with the most significant factor of any air filter, engine breathing, being a particular strong suit. Key to the success of all Pipercross hardware is the lightly-oiled triple layer foam that forms their core, the exact same setup found within the previously mentioned motorsport applications. Measuring 253mm x 249mm, the vastly improved multi-cellular surface area and carefully selected multi-layered foam within these filters offers a massive 30% more air flow than even the most efficient of OEM offerings. As well as getting more air in to start with, the ingenious multi-layer design also filters down to a far finer rate, protecting the VXR’s engine against damage. Factor in the firm’s comprehensive lifetime warranty and it makes huge financial sense, especially when you learn that each kit is lovingly hand-crafted in Pipercross’ UK factory.
This same eye for detail and engineering skill can be seen in the physical design of the filters themselves, particularly the way they fit the OEM airbox perfectly, meaning that the aesthetics of the factory engine bay can be retained. This is entirely down to the firm’s commitment to designing each and every filter from scratch, always basing each new product around the dimensions and attributes of the individual model it will eventually fit.
Performance, longevity and enhanced particle filtration might well be the primary attributes of the Pipercross Vauxhall Astra VXR panel filters, but a useful by-product of this optimised induction is that, in most cases, fuel efficiency is often marginally improved too, a trait no doubt particularly useful to VXR owners with a heavy right foot!
The Pipercross Astra VXR panel filter is a truly multi-talented product, one that offers improved performance and an extended working life, plus a pleasingly aggressive induction noise. Those seeking to subtly tune their car would be well advised to consider the Pipercross range at length.
For more details on the Pipercross range, please visit www.thepipercrossshop.co.uk or call the team on 01604 707750.
Price: PP1869 £37.99 including VAT