Targa Miata
August 18, 2009 - I am such a child.
These are roof vents. It's hot here in the summer, and it would be great to force more air through the car. But really, I just want roof vents because roof vents are cool.
You can get these from Primitive Motorsports for $89 each. Or you can get them from these guys (click on the Vents and Fans category, then choose Side Vents) for $22.25. So I bought two, just in case it makes more sense to have one per person.
They're pretty large in person, and I think headroom may be a problem if they're put to each side. So one per person it is. They can be opened in either direction to act as a scoop or an exhaust vent.
Do I have the nerve to install one? Will I want to add a Primitive scoop on top? Only time will tell.
Janel was not as excited as I was when these arrived.
entry 691 - tags: roof vents
August 28, 2009 - Don't tell Janel.
I bought a Primitive roof scoop. As mentioned previously, I'm a child. I want my race car to have a roof vent!
In person, it's pretty easy to tell that this thing was sized for larger cars. It looks about half the size of the hardtop! If I could install it temporarily to get an idea of how it looks and works, I would. But installation requires permanent defacement of the hardtop, and Miata hardtops aren't cheap. Even ones that have had the glass smashed out of the back.
Do I dare? And no, I didn't have it sitting in the center of the roof when I took the picture.
entry 692 - tags: roof vents
August 28, 2009 - Another view of the roof scoop from the back.
Not subtle. The small hole in the back is intended to cut down on wind noise, apparently.
entry 693 - tags: roof vents
August 28, 2009 - One more view from the front.
I'm going to have to spend some time walking around looking at this. Other than the fact that it gets pretty hot here in the summer (it's 92F/33C here right now at 6 pm), I don't need one. It's purely for the little kid in me.
How much does the little kid want a roof scoop?
entry 694 - tags: roof vents
September 3, 2009 - I've decided not to go with the vent.
Partially due to aesthetic reasons, but mostly because it doesn't work with the car. The car's been built with a very specific purpose in mind, and the roof vent is simply goofing around. I want it to retain that purposefulness, so if I do anything for in-cockpit ventilation I'll just add a NACA duct to the door window.
entry 695 - tags: roof vents