"There are three switches, one for A/C, Off, and Fan; another for Hi, Medium, and Lo; and the third for Temp. The panel is easy to read and just a quick flip on and off even with the gloves on. The confidence as a driver means a lot. The head stays cooler, you're getting more blood flow, not getting dehydrated. I mean, I barely even drank out of my bottle today. The weather may not have been as hot, but man, it was still hot in that race car. It's just a pretty easy system to adjust to and work with. I will be using the system in both my ARCA car and truck this season," finished the young racer.

The Youngs said that installation only took about 2 1/2 hours and wasn't at all difficult. "Fabrication of the hoses and the duct work is probably the hardest part," said Paul Young. "You can buy all that stuff, but I made my own. In the truck it was easy, in the car it was a little more difficult because of the room in the car, they have a lot of stuff inside."

The complete system weighs in at about 20 pounds but that didn't bother crew chief Paul. "To adjust for the weight in the ARCA car, I took 25 pounds out of the right side rail. With the hoses and everything, the system weights about 22 pounds. I am not worried so much about the right-side weight hurting me, I figure as long as the driver is comfortable at the end of the race as at the beginning, the lap times will show it. A lot of times consistent lap times are what wins a race. If he is comfortable then the fatigue is not there.

"The box itself is advertised at 9 amps; I did a personal test and it came in at about 9.2 amps. Compared to others that draw 28 to 29, that's nothing," says Paul. "I believe there is a lot of room for this box, and with the low amperage they would not have a battery issue."

The Installation Process
The whole system is also fitted with quick release connections to make for quick and easy installation. Since it is, in essence, an air conditioner, it must be mounted as level as possible with the condenser discharge air unobstructed. The condensate drain (clear vinyl tube) needs to be allowed to drain off the condensation that forms on the evaporator coil during use. Arctic Air recommends the condenser air inlets (large inlets on top of unit) be connected to an outside air source outside of the driver's compartment, but it's not mandatory. It depends on the compartment air temperature. For maximum cooling, the helmet air inlet (large inlet on end of unit) should be connected to an NA/CA duct for inletting of outside fresh air.

The Driver's Control Switch panel should be mounted within the driver's arm reach and vision for quick-glance access. The main power cable can be connected to either the main power shutoff switch or directly to the battery. It can even be wired so the driver may operate the unit while the vehicle is stationary and not running. It's that simple.

The passion behind the Arctic Racing Air System was to provide a better airflow system and colder air, while also making it affordable to the racing community. The new system carries an introductory cost of $3,500, less the Impact helmet. Like everything, it's only natural that as the technology improves and adjustments are made the price will decrease.

So, in the end we're left with a very nice, more than adequate airflow unit at a competitive price, with twice the airflow and 10 degrees colder temps. With less than 1/3 of the amperage draw of other units, the system leaves more horsepower for the racer. And isn't that what we all want?

Arctic Racing Air