The system comes complete with a three-position smart switch panel. The PWR switch allows you to choose between a fan-only setting and the A/C setting. The fan-only setting uses just 2.5 amps of power and can be used anytime A/C is not required or desired, but when you still want constantly filtered, fresh airflow to the driver's helmet.

The other two switches, FAN and TEMP, allow you to control how fast the air blows into the helmet, as well as how cold it is. The FAN switch controls the speed of the airflow with the Lo setting providing 20 cfm, Med delivers 30 cfm, and Hi blasts you with 40 cfm.

The TEMP switch controls the temperature of the airflow discharged into your helmet and works just like a thermometer. The Lo setting is the coldest, Med is in the middle, while Hi would be the warmest, or should we say least-cool, setting. The maximum temperature drop the unit can provide is 30-35 degrees below ambient temperature. To achieve that on the highest/coldest setting, the unit will only draw 9.5 amps.

It has a replaceable, disposable Merv 11 filter that removes dust, smoke, and rubber particulate down to 1-3 microns with more than 95 percent arrested. And the optional Track Fresh Carbon Monoxide Filter removes up to 75 percent of the CO, all before it gets to the driver! You truly are breathing clean air.

So How Does It Work?
Hart is an active sponsor in the ARCA world and more specifically in the ARCA Truck division where the company picks a truck at each race to install its unit as the drivers take turns using the system. This provides Hart on-track diagnosis while still providing the racers with some new technology to use. The Hart reps are at every race to help with understanding and proper installation.

One group that jumped on the system early on is the Young Family's Glass City Motorsports out of Toledo, Ohio. It uses the system in both the ARCA Truck Series as well as ARCA's marquee series presented by Menards. This family team—with driver, Mike (son), and crew chief, Paul (father)—probably have tested and raced the unit more than any others in the ARCA garage. They put the system to test in May of this year at Toledo Speedway in both the truck and the car.

"Two weeks ago we used it in our ARCA Truck Series test at Flat Rock Michigan," notes Paul. "The temperature outside was approximately 75 degrees but the inner cab of the truck was 105 degrees. We tried it without the A/C the first time around. Then during the second session we went out and only turned the fan on for 15 laps. We came in and the driver had no sweat on his face and his neck was cool."

But the third session was telltale of what the system can do. "In the third session out, we turned it on to air ‘Lo' and the driver actually said he was cold at those temperatures."

After 200 laps around Toledo, Mike Young was sold on the Arctic Racing Air System. "The system is really easy to work with; the panel is real easy," stated Young. "I had it on ‘Lo' and ‘Fan' for the first part of the race and I actually started to get a little cold. I shut it off, started getting warm and turned it right back on. My head was cool, the top part of my neck was cool, and I had full concentration on the race."