18 of the coolest factory hood scoops | Hagerty Media
Lots of cars look their best when they're prepped for racing: lowered, stripped down, and bristling with widgets that cheat and channel the air. Naturally, auto designers love to bring some of those racing accents into the showroom, and one of our favorite styling elements that's trickled down from the tarmac is the hood scoop. https://www.hagerty.com/media/lists/18-of-the-coolest-factory-hood-scoops/
How about the 1980 Z-28 Air Induction hood scoop ? Great look, great functionality. When you floor the throttle the induction flaps open while you watch and the car takes off. I believe it’s easily in the top 10, let alone the top 18.
None of them. I remember seeing the hood scoop on a '57 Bird when the car was new, which has always been one of my favorites, and I can remember trying to figure out how to get rid of the hood scoop which, if I remember correctly, was not functional in the first place.
Considering that the Italians were using hood scoops as early as 1949, its seems a little odd to me to completely leave the Eeuropean continent out of this article. Perhaps an identical article featuring European cars with hood scoops could be done for a "scoop to scoop" intercontinental air induction challenge?
Being a former owner of a ‘68 GTO I am prejudice toward the Pontiac Ram Air twins. On the other hand the look of cowl induction always catches my eye. As for Shakers, there’s something authentic about the fact that the scoop is attached to the power plant. My $0.02
For me, it's the 70-72 Oldsmobile W-25 option. Another reader mentioned the early '70's Pontiac Firebird Formula hoods - love those as well! Maybe it's because the hood intakes are positioned forward on the hood, which makes the car more appear more sinister or aggressive (IMHO). I installed a functional Shaker hood scoop on my 2005 Mustang GT and love it. It receives many compliments and might be good for a few extra HP. Who knows?! Definitely a nod to the '69/'70 Mustang heritage on an already retro-looking car. That beings said, I am not a fan of all the fakey-do tack-on hood scoops or the variety of "heat extractor" scoops found on many vehicles produced today. When these scoops contribute to an engine's performance (to any extent), that gets my thumbs up! Cheers, all!
The Hurst SC/Rambler is perhaps one of the most efficient air scoops of that time. Not only did the Pro/Stock Hood Scoop of the early 70's utilize that basic design. A lot of the muscle car era "scoops" were merely hot air extractors rather than providing ambient air into the carburetor. The SC/Rambler scoop was also vacuum controled. Vacuum holds the "flap" inside the scoop closed, but when full throttle (therefore a drop in vacuum) the flap opened allowing cooler ambient air into the air cleaner assembly. My Dad drag raced one at Lebanon Valley back in the day and when there was cooler more dense air it really did make a difference. Plus with an arrow pointing to the scoop air knew where to go!!!!
2004-2005 STi is my favorite but only because I spent 117,000 pleasureable miles watching one quiver on the other side of my windshield. Darned thing always looked like it was ready to detach and take flight.
Of the ones listed I think the Vette is the most attractive, in a menacing way; "I mean business".
Have a 70 El Camino with Cowl Induction. Don’t know if it adds any horses, but it sure looks cool when you put the pedal to the floor and the flapper pops up. Childish, yep but what fun, and the sound when the carb opens up and the Flowmasters roar. Damn, what fun.
No doubt, lots of classics here, but I have to agree with Raymond Loewy, the man who invented industrial design and designed the Avanti, "great designs are asymmetric" and go with the Mustang SVO. Intensely functional, the turbo is, after all, on the side of the head, and a NACA duct on top of that. Form follows function.
My favorite is the Cobra Jet Shaker which was seen in our area....never saw the Cuda Shaker in these parts, but when I did it was awesome,...then of course the cowl induction on the 70 Chevelle. My 66 Vette has the power bulge big block hood which I had to have on my Small block 327/300...its the best...as is the 69 Super Bee that has a similar one....just my faves......really like them all....just don't put a cowl induction on a fox body.....Please.
All the functional hood scoops are cool. Those that moved under acceleration more so. My brother had a 1970 AAR Cuda with the fiberglass scooped hood. Best thing about that one was above 100mph it would lift up against the hood pins and rear hinges and start shaking side to side. That and the noise 6 open barrels made was unforgettable.
I swear you guys forget the independents altogether when looking at cars! The 53-55 Nash Rambler had a hood scoop... most notable because it definitely wasn't really needed for the little flat-head six. And who can't remember the very notable 1969 SC/Rambler snorkel scoop, with the red/white/blue paint job with the blue arrow pointing to the scoop with "AIR" on it, so the air knew exactly where to go?
Mentioning Pontiac Ram Air, and not including 93-97 Firehawks, 95-97 Comp T/As, and 96-97 WS6, was a major oversight...yet you Of Course mentioned the later LS1s. The pre facelift LT cars actually had Ram Air, where as the LS cars were actually more of a cool air hood, as they did not feed directly into the open air filter element.
I bought a '73 Mustang back in the day (when I did everything) only because it had a Mach I hood on it. Collected a speeding violation within days of collecting the car. After ruining the car I sold the hood for more than the whole rest of the car.
Cowl induction does not "suck" air away from the carb. Not sure where you ever got that idea. Whatever speed the car travels, the air pressure is HIGHER at the base of the windshield than anywhere else other than the "nose" of the car (and the top of the hood has very little air flow within the few inches most hood scoops facing forward stick up. For a forward facing scoop to actually capture air at higher pressure, it has to START about 4-5 inches above the hood and go even higher than that. The "bow wave" of air flowing over the car, pushes air well above the surface of the hood where air travels much more slowly and at lower pressure than the air stream flowing over the hood ABOVE forward facing scoops. That makes every forward-facing scoop a means of getting cooler air into the carb, but NOT higher-pressure air. There's no ram effect in spite of the manufacturers calling it Ram Air or some variant of that. Rearward facing scoops benefit from the high pressure at the base of the windshield at all speeds, but at higher speeds, there is a REAL ram effect with rear facing scoops as long as they aren't TOO far from the base of the windshield.