You may have seen a hood scoop on some performance car models. They’re especially a common add-on for the Ford Mustang and other pony cars. In case you don’t know, a hood scoop is essentially a hood with an open vent to give the engine a bit more room to “breathe.”
First, let’s discuss some engine mechanics. An engine burns fuel, and burning fuel requires oxygen. The engine’s performance depends heavily on the amount of available oxygen from the air. Typically, cool air is denser and more oxygen-heavy than warm air.
The engine generates heat as it’s operates, which warms the surrounding air. The engine’s cramped compartment leaves little room for the heat to escape. Continue Reading →