When you think of a traditional muscle car, what image comes to mind? Muscle cars like Mustangs are low to the ground, have a very long hood, short trunk deck and a wide stance. They look fast standing still and evoke a feeling of power and style like few other styles of vehicle. To achieve this, muscle cars possess a few unique design elements that set them apart from your standard, run of the mill coupe. It's an exercise in proper automotive proportion that was originally born of practical, mechanical need. Among the most obvious elements for this need is the long hood.
First off, a muscle car is only a muscle car if it's rear wheel drive. This causes the proportions of the car to stretch in order to properly accommodate the engine and rear wheel drive mechanical components. In order to accommodate the large, longitudinally mounted engines of muscle cars, designers need to stick to a large, doomed hood. Not only do these huge, bulging hoods look awesome, they also provide the clearance necessary for the large engine underneath. From a distance, that long, sculpted hood instantly says "muscle car" and it's one of the easiest ways that you can upgrade your Mustangs appearance!
There are a ton of good reasons why you might want to upgrade the hood on your Mustang. Many people upgrade their hood purely for increased aesthetic appeal by adding in a doomed hood or a cowled hood that looks bulging and mean. Beyond looks alone, you can also upgrade your hood to gain additional cooling capabilities for your engine via vents, hood scoop(s) or an induction cowl. High performance engines need plenty of cool air for not only engine cooling but also for proper performance. Whether alone or working with an upgraded induction system, an upgraded hood with vents, scoops or cowls can help you accomplish this.
Since the hood on Mustangs is also very large and traditionally very heavy, you can swap a stock hood for ones made of lightweight, strong materials like fiberglass or even carbon fiber. These hoods can weigh half as much as the OEM units and for those looking to create the ultimate performance Mustang, less weight always equals more performance.
So whether you're looking to upgrade your stock Mustang hood for looks, remove some weight or add in additional cooling/performance capabilities, the team at Steeda has you covered.