Getting your engine to breath better assists in its performance. Over the past few months I have documented a variety of better breathing examples via my posted pictures. These are the modern day “porthole equivalents” for today’s racing/autocross competitors.
In some cases, the standard factory vents are still used. Here are some examples:
In other cases, an existing opening’s function is changed to allow better access to more air. A few examples:
These are good examples where form follows function, logic rules over aethetics. This one (below) is my favorite. This is Craig’s Teal Turs, as he calls it. I have seen this first generation Mazda Miata modification done on a number of these cars (the driver side parking light is gone to route cool air directly to the intake air cleaner). I like it when you can take an existing form and change its function without significantly altering the form. It’s “aesthetic logic”.
Yesterday, I highlighted the difference of vintage vs. modern day portholes by Buick. I failed to mention the special limited edition (547 built) 1987 Buick Grand National-GNX. It had venting portholes (and SO much more), courtesy of factory sanctioned modfications by ASC/McLaren Specialty Products.
These were desgned to actually pull heat out of the engine compartment while driving. So, they were functional AND good looking.
Racing Ready is functioning with good form. The operative concept here is to give you the scoop, and vent every once in awhile.