pufferfish said:please help me understand how ^this^ is legal anywhere? its not enclosed. its not separated from the driver in any way. and its not externally vented. are oddyssey batteries legit for open air mounting in the cockpit?
First, the trunk in that Subaru does have a sealing panel that cuts off the truck from the cockpit, it's just not installed in that picture.
Next, most road racing sanctioning bodies and events (SCCA, NASA, ACCUS, PPIHC, USAC) allow dry cell and AGM batteries (like the Odyssey) to be used without a box as long as the positive terminal is shielded and the battery securely mounted.
That Subaru mount was a last-minute job as we were pressed for time before the event. We will likely do something as nice as the original Odyssey mount when we change to a larger battery and move it to the trunk.
We do take safety seriously.