Thanks a lot for the reply - i love manufacturers that communicate with the end users and provide info.These are all very good points. This is one of the trade-offs with an open element filter style intake system. When you are sitting still and at idle, temperatures will rise to a certain delta over the ambient temps. However, the filter is still somewhat outside of the engine bay behind the passenger door ducting inlet. Some of the better trade offs with this placement are pressure increases in this compartment, and a high volume of lower temp air movement. The temperatures will drop once the car is moving, and deliver better throttle response and intake flow. But as I said, there are always tradeoffs with an open element style system. Luckily the filter is not taking air from the turbo manifold cooling duct, as much of that piping is in the engine bay, and does heat up significantly.
Ideally, it has always been my goal to finish a V4 style intake (like some of our other models for other cars), but other projects have taken priority over this. The car is apart with the intercooler kit being finished, and then it will go on the dyno for P3 tuning. I will be able to use our probe from the dyno to log IATs directly in the intake pipe, and anywhere else. Our initial testing was done with a NordSkog system directly from the intake. This was a while ago, and I don't remember the exact deltas but they were improved overall against the stock system without any significant heatsoak, but I think there is still room for some improvement.
The intercooler will help significantly with temperature, but depending on how the intake performs temperature wise with excessive runs and not much frontal air movement, I may finish an enclosed intake system that takes air directly from the front of the ducting. We will see.
I understand you're saying that YES the system can be improved but still as long as the car moving the IAT is not worse than with the stock air box.
Is this correct summary?