I always thought that the two front air intakes below the turn signals were to supply air to the brakes. There is quite a bit of sheet-metal work around them to manage the air and a 2 !/2 inch diameter tube exit for the air. I also always wondered about the two open thin plastic tubes that run from the front of the car to the rear. They are close together between the frame rails front and rear above the water hoses. They end at the front of the engine. The tubes are also 2 1/2 inches in diameter.

Is it possible that the tubes should have a flexible tube connecter to the front air intake to supply air to the engine compartment at higher speed? It needs forced air to work.

I think I will get some tubing and try it. I know the front intakes draw air in as I have found smashed bugs that passed through it.

Does anyone have any thoughts about this?

DICK RUZZIN
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Dick, what you propose is entirely possible for front brakes. Thinking back, the Mangusta chassis was originally designed for the F-5000 Sports racer, and my understanding is that chassis was taken virtually unaltered for use with the 2-seat Mangusta body.
Can you take any photos of the front-to-back tubes? I think the F-5000 had rear fender scoops that led to the rear discs; perhaps the long tubes served some other function.
The intakes and tubes are part of the body not part of the chassis.

If for the brakes, what are the two other tubes for? They are not in the air-stream by any stretch of the imagination and being under the car back from the front valence have no chance of passing any air to the rear.

The round holes under the front valance reveal an attempt to lower pressure under the front end to reduce lift. Channeling the high pressure air from the intakes in front of the car would do the same.
DICK RUZZIN

Dick Ruzzin
I am responding to my own post as I have noticed that the front air intakes are each divided into two parts by a splitter. The inboard sides are boxed in with an exit tube and the outboard sides are open, probably to feed air to the front brake area on both side.

In my opinion the inboard sides are definitely to be connected to the tubes in the center of the car.

The question is, where the tubes exit in the rear in front of the engine, are there supposed to be tubes directing air to the rear brakes?
It would not be too hard to do that

DeTomaso wanted a race car for the street and there are many other racing ques around the car.

DICK RUZZIN
Ok I have seen the ports in the front valence, but will have to hunt for the other tubes

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