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So, here's the deal - a cold air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber makes power and provides a safety margin for detonation. The problem is the process of compressing the air in the supercharger ends up heating the air charge. The answer - an intercooler. Of course there are two primary types of intercoolers - air/air and air/water. If you have seen my intercooler page then you know I have chosen the air/water type of system.
One of the biggest advantages of an air/water system is you can add ice to the water and end up with an air charge temperature that is lower than ambient temperature. I have seen on my system intake air temps while running 18lbs of boost in the 80 degree range on a 90 degree day! How is that for cooling!
My first chance to try the new setup will be at the Hot Rod Magazine Pump-Gas Drags! One of the rules I asked David Freiburger (editor of Hot Rod Magazine) to clarify was when/if I would be able to add ice to the water tank. In the opinion of Hot Rod adding water is no different than getting out to open a nitrous bottle so I will be allowed to do it just before the first passes are made at the track. To do this I have to carry the ice with me on the 50 mile trip but a small cooler in the trunk will hold the ice. Here is what I plan on doing at the Hot Rod Pump-Gas Drags.
You may ask why I am posting all of this - I don't want anyone to be surprised when I show up and start doing this. I don't want any accusations of cheating. The way I read the rules this is legal and if anyone feels it shouldn't be they should bring it up now - before the event.
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