I was watching a show about the death road and because of the altitude, oxygen tanks need to be brought up to the summit. Since the engines loose so much power in the thin air, oxygen from a tank is bled into the air intake for the motor to increase power. I suppose it works similar too to NOS.
I think any gain by routing air into the intake will be canceled out by the added drag of the compressor.
the A/C duct ran into the intake has been attempted for years, its nothing new.... I know the shop guys in high school had a test car they did it on to show that it performed worse due to the drag of the compressor.... This was almost 20 years ago ..... you'd be better off with an ARB snorkel dragging in the "cooler air" from higher above the road, and it getting a "natural " forced induction from it... ( <---- what I've seen posted in their sales adds, gotta laugh)
My thoughts are AC draws power. That is why when you look under my hood you will see a void where the AC used to be.
On the contrary Colder air into the engine makes power. If he can get the same amount of power while running his AC then I would say all the power to him. He will have less cooling in the cab but that wouldnt be too bad of a price to pay when you have no power loss from having cooling.
I would like to see the numbers on this. I am almost positive that the numbers would lean in the bad idea direction. A motor pulls in a lot or air. I doubt any AC can cool the air in the airbox enough to make any difference.
why would you physically remove your a/c? it being in there, if it is not "on" draws no power from the motor, whatsoever.... that is why there is a clutch on the compressor... it just works like an idler...
even if you never use it while driving... stuck in traffic downtown, 4pm, sun beating down middle of summer... ac is nice to have... and the difference in fuel consumption in gridlock, is negligable