i'm curious about the "ram air" setup that utilises the NASA scoops on the xb-xc bonnets.
Does anyone have one of these on their falcon? What effect does it have on power, economy, etc.? and ultimately is it worth the initial outlay of around $600.
Are there any alternative setups that are equally or more effective in the induction area?
Many years ago I saw an XC coupe in a car yard on Paramatta Rd with a fabricated aluminium plate that sealed between the base of the carby and the underside of the bonnet but the thing that struck me was that with the restriction of the mesh in the scoops you may well be worse off than if it wasnt there. The other option would be a cobra style scoop with a hole in the bonnet feeding air from the high pressure area at the base of the windscreen.
Appears to be more like wank factor to me. My old bike (Kawasaki ZZR1100) had ram air induction and you could only really notice it +150Kmh. Yes, it did make a difference (bike mags have shown tests of upt 9-11 Kw extra).
When you ask for another way of doing it, go the CAPA or the likes, Blower.
I was just curious, but didn't expect it to be worth $600!!! Seems you'd either have to be racing and trying to find every possible kw, or the price would have to drop to, say, $200. For street cars, its more about cold air, rather than forced induction, and power gains would be marginal, eh?
Cold air intakes are still a popular mod for current cars as well as older cars.
Pilch, you are right about it being more about cold air rather than fordced induction. I found this as part of the write up on a Boss 351:
"Standard for the 1971 Boss 351 were functional Ram Air hood scoops and locking pins. Two scoops fed a common plenum that sat on top of the air cleaner assembly, feeding cooler ambient air to the engine."
'67 Mustang V8 4sp... what fun to drive!
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