Re: ** new ** cianci usa 599 louvered racing hood and fenders
I'm not sure about the line on the outside edge of the louvers and how the line on the cowl splits them.
To be more precise - as you go from left to right on the cross section of the OEM hood, you have the left edge, then the bulge to clear the shock tower, then a little valley, then the left edge of the raised cowl section, then the right edge of the cowl, the right valley, the right shock tower bulge, then the right edge.
The outside edge of the louvers sits in the valley between the raised cowl section and the shock tower bulge, so the edge of the cowl section bisects the louvers.
That, to my eye, looks odd.
I think the outside edge of the louvers should be on the inside of the cowl section and follow a similar line parallel to the cowl bulge. The inside edge of the louver can then sweep inwards to form a point... or not. There's a couple of ways of handling that shape that would work.
But the bisection of the louvers with the cowl edge just doesn't work for me. The two lines are fighting each other.
Yes, that reduces the vent area... but really, the vents are mostly cosmetic anyway. Most of the airflow through the nose exhausts down, beneath the car and small changes to vent area on the hood won't make much difference.
I'd consider a similar hood for a 1G - I hate the blisters over the shock towers on a 1G hood - but the shape and orientation of the louvers has to change somewhat. The vents should flow organically with the shape of the car, not look tacked on.