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[2 Svo] zany intercooler thought
This is not a Zany idea. Dig up an old tech sheet on the Mustang MACH III
concept car and you will see it has already been done. Ford did it as a
test with that car's supercharger intercooler.
> From: DBROWER.US.ORACLE.COM <DBROWER@us.oracle.com>
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: [1 Svo] zany intercooler thought
> Date: Friday, October 10, 1997 2:31 PM
> This would be applicable to dragging and autox; not to more extended
> racing, I wouldn't think.
> One of the big problems we have with the intercooler is heat soak,
> and the availability of cool enough air during operation. We
> can increase airflow, perhaps with a fan, but that doesn't help
> the ambient air, or the heat soak very much.
> However, we do have a source of coolness available -- the A/C system.
> Imagine we go beyond air/air and air/coolent I/Cs, and go to
> air/refrigeration intercoolers.
> It is almost certainly true that the load of the A/C compressor
> would not be compensated for by increased power output over the long
> term. But it is not unreasonable to think the A/C at idle between
> runs could do a better job of taking care of the heat soak as
> a bag of ice, and without dribbling cold water on the hot manifolds.
> I have no idea how to accomplish this, mind you, but it makes me
> wonder. How would you turn an i/c into an a/c evaporator?