Among other aftermarket parts, the upcoming SEMA show in Las Vegas will host the debut of the Pacific Performance Engineering 2020-to-2023 Zilla Carbon Fiber Intake Tube for the GM 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine, as well as its successor, the 3.0L I6 LZ0 Duramax.
The PPE Duramax Zilla Intake Tube is manufactured from dry or prepreg carbon fiber. The prepreg process of making carbon fiber is an advanced technique that creates a high-performance material suitable for high-stress automotive and aerospace uses, reducing resin content to an optimal level and thus minimizing brittleness.
The results are excellent mechanical performance, high levels of uniformity and precision, and light weight in a prepreg carbon fiber part. A handcrafting process is used in building the PPE Zilla Intake Tube, and the component is finished with a glossy clearcoat that gives it a gleaming, eye-catching look in the engine compartment.
In terms of performance, PPE engineered its Zilla Carbon Fiber Intake Tube to outperform the OEM plastic intake significantly. The tube is precision calibrated to boost airflow and create a 75 percent reduction in pressure drop. The company claims installation of the tube will boost torque, improve throttle response, make the turbocharger of the Duramax engine operate more efficiently, and help the engine perform better overall.
Fitment is designed to be simple with the included hardware kit. The intake tube attaches firmly with constant-tension clamps and a silicone coupler to the Duramax turbo connection. The tubes are also durable thanks to their design and prepreg carbon fiber.
The PPE Zilla Carbon Fiber Intake Tube will be at the PPE booth from October 31st through November 3rd at the SEMA show. The trade-only SEMA show will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center as usual. However, the general public can also get in on the fun with the “music, motorsports and car culture” offered at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds during the November 3rd and 4th SEMA Fest.