Unveiled at Automechanika 2018 where it was nominated in the ‘Parts and Components’ category of the prestigious Automechanika Innovation Award, UFI MULTITUBE’s many distinctive features include its modularity and geometric flexibility. Unlike conventional panels, the structure of MULTITUBE allows the tube-shaped individual filters that comprise it to be placed in different geometries with varying diameters, shapes and lengths. External tube diameters are very small, meaning it is possible to position MULTITUBE in different external diameters, that vary in a range between 45 and 68 mm. This gives it a modularity, that together with its ad hoc design, means it can be adapted to suit the specific needs of each individual vehicle manufacturer.
With vehicles such as hybrid cars becoming increasingly complex, vehicle space is at a premium for manufacturers. UFI MULTITUBE, however, is significantly smaller than standard filters, taking up to 50% less room. Tubular in structure, the air filter is contained in a cartridge that is also considerably lighter. The tubes that comprise MULTITUBE are placed within an airbox designed and manufactured by UFI Filters, which is made of polyamide, a light deformation resistant material, contributing to lower fuel consumption and less CO2 emissions.
With up to 4% more horsepower, this compact engine air filter is especially beneficial for drivers with a need for speed. This increase is a result of its improved fluid dynamics which guarantee a linear air flow and minimise pressure and energy loss, as well as the hydrophobic filter media, which does not need any additional water separation barrier.
UFI MULTITUBE, additionally, provides a filtering performance of over 99.5%. Designed according to the concept of deep filtration, air flow in the filter is able to travel from the outside to the inside via a structure featuring one or more pipes. Consisting of a rigid, non-woven filter media made of synthetic hydrophobic fibres, MULTITUBE’s extremely innovative water-resistant material is structured with a specific diameter and distributed porosity gradient.
This guarantees maximum performance throughout the product’s entire lifecycle, which is in stark contrast to conventional panel filters that provide neither the same high level of filtering performance nor longevity, as they deform over time due to humidity absorption.
Furthermore, due to its unique development processes and through particular production methods, which are adapted to MULTITUBE’s specific requirements, UFI’s filter media is extremely difficult to replicate; therefore, safeguarding it from counterfeiting.