Originally Posted by Black Hills TJ
Nope, but the more turns and the longer distance the air travels before it gets to the engine, the slower it will move. Therefore, you will lose power.
That's not ENTIRELY accurate.
Think, you have the inlet basically being crammed with colder/cooler outside air. Yes, the bends do not facilitate the smooth flow of air, but with the force of that air being jammed into the snorkel (i.e., a pushing effect), it would essentially make more air avialable than the ambient, underhood air just sitting outside the stock air inlet, waiting to be sucked.
I mean, it's not NEAR as effective as a true ram air setup, but it is essentially, the same principle.
Also, keep in mind that, with the majority of the tubing being OUTside the hood and in the flow of moving air, the air temp itself will be considerably cooler than air that basically sits under the hood with the engine, waiting to be inhaled. That, in itself, will help.
I'm sure it is debated, but the theory that makes the most sense to me is that the temp of air is just as important, if not moreso, than the volume.