One of the most cost-effective improvements you can make to your car, improving power and economy.  The Panel Filter simply fits directly into the airbox as a direct replacement for the standard restrictive paper air filter element.

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The range of High-Flow Panel Air Filters replaces the restrictive factory paper filters with an improved, high flow and reusable lifetime foam filter. This Panel Filter  is one of the most cost-effective enhancements you can make to allow the engine to breathe better and operate more efficiently – improving engine efficiency, and hence power and fuel economy. By removing the inevitable restrictions that the standard paper panel filter gives, the Panel Filter allows a significant increase in airflow through to the turbo.

Result?  More mid-range power and improved economy, without risking your warranty.

Our filters were developed for use in our racecars, some of which are required to run with the standard airbox under the regulations. So we needed to get the highest flow efficiency possible, but combined with the most effective levels of filtration from air-borne particulates. The result is the exact panel filter that we use in our race cars, but also one of the most popular and sensible modifications to make to your road car.


We use TriFoam™ triple-layer laminate of open-cell polyurethane foam, which gives an exceptionally high level of filtration to protect the engine from contaminants in the air down to well below 5 microns, giving the highest level of filtration to protect the engine. The foam we specify is the best in the market – exactly the same specification as used by certain well-known F1 teams.  All our filters are hand-built in the UK.

The triple foam layers are held in place by a stainless steel open mesh, surrounded by a rubber seal to provide an airtight seal against the standard airbox.

There are of course cheaper, single-layer filters on the market.  We’ve tried many of these over the years; but in our experience they do not combine satisfactory levels of flow and filtration – meaning a compromise for your engine (sometimes quite significant) for the sake of a small price difference.


With this extra airflow, our tests have shown that the fitment of the Panel Filter can deliver an additional 15NM of torque on a standard 2.0TSI engine, thus making a small but worthwhile difference to the feeling of mid-range power of the car.

With the improved efficiency, many customers have noticed an improvement in fuel economy in normal driving, typically of around 10% depending on model.

This filter complements Stage 1 Power Upgrades, together with our Exhaust Rear Section.

This is a ‘lifetime’ filter, so never needs replacement in normal service. Cleaning is only required every 20,000 miles (30,000km) in normal usage.




R11G501    Golf 5 2.0 TDI                                                     

R11G502   Golf 5 2.0 GTI                                                     

R11G503    Golf 5 R32                                                            

R11G501    Golf 6 GTi, 2.0 TDI                                           

R11G502   Golf 6 R                                                                 

R11G501    Scirocco 2.0 TSI, 2.0 TDI                             

R11G502    Scirocco R                                                           

R11G501    Golf 5,6 and Scirocco 1.4 TSI (170ps)     

        R11G501    Beetle 2012+ (not 1.2)



Fitting is simple – open the airbox, remove the standard filter, and replace it directly with the Panel Filter.

For fitting and maintenance instructions, please download:

Fitting Instructions for Fitting Performance Air Filter (TFSI engines)

Air Filter Maintenance

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VWR High-Flow Panel Air Filter

  • Product Code: VWR11G501,G502,G503
  • Availability: In Stock
  • RRP: € 80.04 (incl. Tax)

  • Ex Tax: € 66.15

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