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Originally Posted by Captain Ahab Jr View Post
Not only will it easily out perform the asthmatic, waft of warm air found with all mechanical air cooled Porsche systems it brings performance benefits too. Weight saved on the car and the weight moved forward. Also don't forget that old school, minimalist look instead of the lump of 60's AC technology that haunt the engine bay of a good comfort hot rod build.
The electric a/c project is definitly interesting and sounds promising, but to say that all mechanical air cooled Porsche systems perform so poorly as you describe above is not accurate; even early stock and dealer installed systems from the 70s and 80s work well if maintained and serviced properly, and if they are not used in hot climates. And of course, if modified (still a mechanical system, however), they can be built to hang icicles on all your parts, even in the hottest climates.

Oh, and the only a/c components visible in the engine bay of my car are a rotary compressor (not sure if that is 60's tech - maybe so), a high/low pressure switch, and two sections of hose - hardly a detractor appearance wise (plus, the tasty, old school, Garretson intercooler gets all the visual attention anyway).

The weight savings would be good, but not at the expense of lesser performance (not saying J's system will be lesser when completely developed - just a general observation similar to what I tell that Reid/Kellogs guy when he starts boasting about his revolutionary a/c gear - less parts, weighs less, but doesn't perform any better than what's currently in use), and not much concern for those of us with turbo powaaa' anyway (aka -don't even notice the added weight when the bang peddle is depressed).

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