The hood of your car is the broad piece of metal that gives you access to the engine compartment. It has an outer and inner panel. The external panel is the hood skin, while the internal panel is the insulator.
What Are Hoods Made of?
Automobile hoods are normally made from steel, but some are produced by using carbon fiber, dry carbon, fiber glass, or aluminum.
Consider the type of driving that you are going to do so you can choose the hood material that will be perfect for you. If you simply want to replace your old hood, a typical steel hood would do. If, however, you intend to take to the tracks on weekends, a lighter hood, such as one made from aluminum or carbon fiber would be more suitable.
What Kinds of Hoods Are There?
You can find different designs of hoods in the market. There are hoods that are plain and there are others that are more stylish. But, they are made not just to make your vehicle look more appealing. Hoods can also affect the performance of your ride. You can choose from among these different types of hoods:
- Flat or Bulged Hoods - These hoods prevent rain from getting inside your engine bay and help prevent the noise from going outside. They are designed in such a way to keep them from touching engine parts.
- Louvered Hoods - These types of hoods have vertical slits that are cut in the sides. The upward-punched louvers may come in one or more rows. Its main purpose is to release heat from the engine compartment. This design is preferred by those who want a classic look in their rides.
- Air Extractor Hoods - Hoods of this kind are more modern versions of louvered hoods. They only have a minimal number of downward-punched louvers that have wider openings. These vented hoods allow high-pressure air to get out of the engine compartment.
- Ram Air Hoods - These hoods use air scoops that are facing the front to catch high speed air that is passing over them. The scoops aren't just there for added style, but also to let more high-pressure air escape from the engine.
- Cowl Induction Hoods ? These hoods have pop-up scoops that face backwards. These scoops allow some of the high-pressure air that go over the hood to enter the engine, making them generate power that almost equals the amount that ram air scoops produce. This design is more aerodynamic than the others.