When they are stock hood with weight reduction ala painted carbon I beg to differ.
Scoops, humps, bumps, inlets, vents, etc. If it's not OEM and native to that car it looks awful each and every single time. There is not a mod that is universally more FAIL than the hood. Yes I know some swaps and setups mean that you need a cowl hood. I get it. Still looks like total **** to me though. The example I see the most often that turns me off is fox body Mustangs with cowl hoods. Ewwwww total fail EVERY TIME. ZERO EXCEPTIONS.
For a minute there, I thought that Mustang was my old one. Then I saw the cage and seats.
Here's my car
Here's my thoughts on this. Most of them have terrible fitment. It may not be bad on the sides where they meet the fenders, but where they meet the lights and bumper/grille. That being said, the rest of the panel gap on a fox body Mustang makes it look right at home, and the overall effect of the look of the hood is what people are going for.
I personally prefer a smaller cowl (I had a 4 inch hood on my copper 'Stang and hated it) and the less busy the better, especially with an SN95 car.
I had this hood on my Fox, and I think it looked pretty nice, but it took some work to get it that way.
But the gap at the front is unacceptable, now that I look at it. Crap. It honestly didn't bother me at the time though. Mainly due to this:
| 2012 Nissan Leaf | 1995 Jeep Wrangler | 1999 Olds 88
| 2007 Toyota Prius | 1999 Plymouth Voyager | 1993 Toyota Previa AWD
When properly implemented, a NACA duct allows air to flow into an internal duct, often for cooling purposes, with a minimal disturbance to the flow. The design was originally called a "submerged inlet", since it consists of a shallow ramp with curved walls recessed into the exposed surface of a streamlined body, such as an aircraft. It is especially favored in racing car design.
Prior submerged inlet experiments showed poor pressure recovery due to the slow-moving boundary layer entering the inlet. This design is believed to work because the combination of the gentle ramp angle and the curvature profile of the walls creates counter-rotating vortices which deflect the boundary layer away from the inlet and draws in the faster moving air, while avoiding the form drag and flow separation that can occur with protruding scoop designs. This type of flush inlet generally cannot achieve the larger ram pressures and flow volumes of an external design, and so is rarely used for the jet engine intake application for which it was originally designed, such as the North American YF-93 and Short SB.4 Sherpa. It is, however, common for piston engine and ventilation intakes. - wikipedia
Getting air under the hood with minimal added drag is pointless for stock cars, invaluable for turboed/supercharged cars that run hot or have the whole engine bay occupied. Works better than CAI, because it doesn't require all the ducting into the fender well. All these advantages with minimal detractions from the aestetics. It's the opposite of hood scoop and it is awesome.
The only readon I know about this crazy hood is because of Forza 4. I figured it was for rally but I had to research it to find out.
My legend dates back to the 12th Century you see. My legend is quite old. The 12th Century was a long time ago. It was summer and so cold from the snow because it was actually winter or maybe it was Monday. It could have been a Thursday or possibly a Saturday or was it Tuesday though it could have been Wednesday or a Monday.
"GReddy instructed us to install some sort of duct or scoop to direct air to this region for cooling if we intended to use the car on the track. A NACA duct looks way cooler than a scoop sticking up into the air stream, so we decided it would be the way to go."
Read more: http://www.modified.com/projectcars/...#ixzz1rkxgVvm2
"The duct now delivers cooling air directly to the top of the turbine heat shield, which should significantly slow down the rate at which all those heat-wrapped parts still get baked anyway."
Read more: http://www.modified.com/projectcars/...#ixzz1rkxCSXhp
That means they didn't collect any control data before, or any data after the installation. You can't just guess at this stuff.
At least in this case they basically admitted it was a cosmetic mod -- there's nothing wrong with that. But trying to force it into the "performance mod" without any supporting data is pointless.