big negative.Here is the thing with water to air...It's Only good for short distances...
Basically Air to Air is best, because you have the entire atmosphere to disapate the heat..
Where as Air to water you only have the cooling capacity of You water container.
Once that is saturated..even with a water Cooler attached..It takes enerygy and time to transfer the heat from the water back out to the air.
So to answer you question.
Yes they are good...ONLY if you plan to get every ounce of power for 1 run. Also you MUST use a large Water reseviour and a water cooler to be effecient..
That being said..For the average person..The same can be accoplished a lot easier with a C02 Kit.
Woah there buddy before you big negative everything I wrote...I admit i was a tad bit off the 100% exact scientific results, but good enough for the average person.big negative.
water will always be more efficient at carrying heat away from the source (higher latent heat capacity). With CO2 you have to be careful about thermal shock. With water, you don't.
Of course if the system is something like the Ford Lightning uses that uses the A/C to chill the fluid down. Then liquid cooling is extremly viable.
This man knows what he's talking about.W2A adds 1 more layer to the heat exchange process if it has it's own closed circuit cooling system with a pump fan and radiator.
It works very well in situations where an A2A would be heat soaked and useless ie: traffic or very low speed full throttle driving.
The but and there's always one once you get past 500rwhp the hardware becomes ENORMOUS heavy and hard to install due to space restrictions.
I know all this as I've ran both in the same car.
That was what the guy above we was referring to in the lightning.. Ford had prototyped it and it was worth 60hp.^Damn that is ugly! Not gonna be winning any car shows with that lol.
What about a refrigeration unit? Kind of like an AC unit that is in the common car. I have always wondered wether this would be possible or not. Maybe like semi-enclosing the intercooler in a cold box. and feeding cool air into that box maybe? Or even putting ice water in that box or a refrigeration unit used to cool water that is cycled through, and no water is lost due to steam but is continually replaced? Of course that could be reaching the place of deminishing returns. I dont know I have thought of this before, but in the end Co2 just seemed more realistic.
Do you know why they aborted?That was what the guy above we was referring to in the lightning.. Ford had prototyped it and it was worth 60hp.
Basically what they did was, You press the button...wait for the lite to say go. it would then chill a closed loop system filled with a gycol like solution below freezing...
You "arm" it and Make your run. The intercooler charge temp was around 40 deg... and like i said was worth 60hp to the wheels..
Ford never went through with it.
Do you know why they aborted?