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Car runs better in the cold and wet ?

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by TOM B, Dec 25, 2003.

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  1. TOM B

    TOM B Formula 3

    Jul 24, 2003
    Orange County, NY
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    Thomas Buckley
    I don't think it's just my imagination. Has anyone else noticed this ? The car just seems to have more power, bettter response, freer reving. It was raining hard all day yesterday and was in the 30's.

    I remember reading an article years ago. Something about water injection in a racing Corvair resulting in good power gains. Is there a correlation between this work and what I feel when in a heavy rain ? Anybody ?

  2. tatcat

    tatcat F1 World Champ
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    Sep 3, 2001
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    rick c
    quick go buy a lottery ticket. you must be the luckiest man in the world. in my 40 odd years of automobile owership i have never had any car run better in the wet and cold. you are truly blessed.:) water injection is a reality. it was used in aircraft and some racing applications so it might be working for you au natural. stranger things have happened
  3. Hubert

    Hubert F1 Rookie

    Jan 3, 2002
    The Left Coast

    colder air = denser air = more oxygen.
  4. Nuvolari

    Nuvolari F1 Veteran
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    Sep 3, 2002
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    Rob C.
    I use water injection in my supercharged race car and I do not think this is it. I believe that a combination of cold dense air and the moisture in the air is just reacting really well with your injection system making for a better running engine.
  5. Mitch Alsup

    Mitch Alsup F1 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2003
    I notice this all the time* the cold air makes it run better, and if there is a deficiency in octane, wet air makes that better also.

    *About as 'all the time' as one can have living in a heat soaking desert.
  6. sjmst

    sjmst F1 Veteran
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    Jul 31, 2003
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    Mycar has more pep in the cold. no question. Not my bimmer, but the f-car.
  7. BigAl

    BigAl F1 Veteran

    Mar 17, 2002
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    GSgt Hartman
    My car definitely runs better in cooler weather. Got caught in thunderstorm back in November, didn't notice it running any better.
  8. 348paul

    348paul Formula 3

    Dec 27, 2002
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    Paul Hill
  9. TOM B

    TOM B Formula 3

    Jul 24, 2003
    Orange County, NY
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    Thomas Buckley
    There you have it. Further validation by one of our respected sponsors. Those who don't drive their Ferraris in the snow and rain are missing out on some awesome power ! Thanks Paul. :)

  10. Glassman

    Glassman F1 World Champ
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    If you really want to see some results try a Jaguar XKE in a cold rain!
    It will really blow your hair back.
  11. TOM B

    TOM B Formula 3

    Jul 24, 2003
    Orange County, NY
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    Thomas Buckley

    I didn't know that a Jag would even START in the rain. :)

    LUCAS........The prince of darkness !

  12. Glassman

    Glassman F1 World Champ
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  13. Prugna 328

    Prugna 328 Formula 3

    Sep 10, 2003
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    Years ago I had a Trans Am, back when they still had shaker hood scoops. It was however later in the production when the factory had sealed them off and they were more for show and less go. An old trick was to carefully cut the back of it open so the motor could breathe. This way the scoop was open directly into the carb. Once I had done this, WOW, what a diff. in the cold. The car felt really strong and the colder it got the better it felt.
  14. Dale

    Dale F1 Veteran

    Oct 7, 2003
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    Dale Juan
    Same can be said for the turbo car-intercooler drops the heated air temp caused by the compressor side,power goes up with one being there
    it will fall if you remove it,its that thing called physics it's all over the motor vehicle,
  15. wax

    wax Five Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 20, 2003
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    Dirty Harry
    The merits of cooler air have already been shared.

    One reason Stock Car Racing is so popular in the South is because of the high humidity. Cars love humidity, even when it's hot, moreso when it's cool.

    Bottom line: Cool Air + High Humidity (Rain) = Zim, Zam, Zoom

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