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Old 11-26-2012, 05:29 PM   #21
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Be sure it's functional, works in snow/rain, and easy to replace OEM hood.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:42 PM   #22
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Removable 'plates/blockoffs' for the vents on the sides of the hood would make it a pretty slick deal for the street going crowd - open holes would probably turn off quite a few potential customers considering the amount of water that would make it's way into the engine bay (especially on the driver's side where the HID ballast would be pretty much directly below one of the cutouts).
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:02 PM   #23
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Version 2 is better, but It almost looks like some of the other hoods already out there. What iff the vents were more inboard, smaller and moved further up the hood so exhaust heat would be vacuumed out? Then either plumb up an intake tube for the drivers side or have it blocked off so rain wont get in on that side.... Just toying with ideas.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:32 PM   #24
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As mentioned, we listen to feedback from our customers. The Power Dome, found in the oem style M3 hoods seem to be one feature everyone would want. To keep a “stock” look, we decided to keep that dome, but definitely make it better. We decided to raise it up just a tad bit, give it a more aggressive feel to our hood, which in turn only makes our hood a lot more stiffer.



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Old 11-27-2012, 03:16 PM   #25
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:19 PM   #26
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Tell me about the vents. Can they be closed in the rain or some sort of diverter system in it?

I do like the look of the thing.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:43 PM   #27
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Asuka will never be one-upped. Its the best example of an aftermarket hood, period.
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#1) Made in the USA
#2) No fiberglass fillers. These hoods are 100% carbon fiber with a "core" center for added strength and lighter weight.
#3) Top AND BOTTOM layers of the hood are 100% carbon fiber. Not fiberglass.
#4) Designed as a DIAB sandwich core using the same method that Koenigsegg uses to build their cars. This is done for added strength and reduced weight.
#4) Comes with a UV Marine Clear Coat built in, not primered or painted to cover up defects.
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#6) Includes a 12 month limited warranty from Advanced Composite Systems. This warranty covers surfaced defects such as crazing of the topcoat, fading and disoloration of the topcoat, and chipping or checking not associated with damaged related to acts of God, misuse, abuse, negligence, road damage or installation damage. Nor does it warrant against damage associated with shipping.

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Tell me about the vents. Can they be closed in the rain or some sort of diverter system in it?

I do like the look of the thing.
Thanks. We will develop the hood so that an under vent rain diverter can be added to keep the engine dry.

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Version 2 is better, but It almost looks like some of the other hoods already out there. What iff the vents were more inboard, smaller and moved further up the hood so exhaust heat would be vacuumed out? Then either plumb up an intake tube for the drivers side or have it blocked off so rain wont get in on that side.... Just toying with ideas.
Thanks. I definitely agree with the rain block. The GTR style hood has the vents more forward and circular and the Asuka style hood has the vents more rearward and inward. We've looked at these other hood styles but have pulled away from trying to match the identical locations or styles of either M3 hoods.

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Removable 'plates/blockoffs' for the vents on the sides of the hood would make it a pretty slick deal for the street going crowd - open holes would probably turn off quite a few potential customers considering the amount of water that would make it's way into the engine bay (especially on the driver's side where the HID ballast would be pretty much directly below one of the cutouts).
I agree. I think rain getting onto the engine will deter some customers from buying the hood.

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Well it looks a lot like a vorsteiner product minus fins and a larger bulge. I like the larger more e92 style bulge but I want exhausting to come out the back of it and somehow tie into the windshield gutter so it does not leak a ton of water into the engine bay. If someone would develop a hood that can exhaust without the mess it would sell. I do like that bulge though.
I like the larger e92 bulge as well. The HPF carbon fiber hood will seal to the existing OEM location by the window so there will be no rain coming in from the windshiled gutter.

Thanks for the feedback everyone.

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:48 PM   #28
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Hey Kris good to see you are branching out to customers on fourms for feedback and ideas really good to see. As for the construction of the hood....if It's built anything like the engine and turbo kits you sell I'm sure it will be top quality.

I do like the vents and the bulge in the middle. A lot of good points have been made as ideas to the vents and what not. Would be cool to see a painted factory color option too. Beats people taking it to a body shop to get it painted to match the car if they don't want to run the fu carbon fiber look.

Curious to know a weight savings and approximate costs. Also would like to see a carbon fiber OEM hood as well. Keep up the good work and look forward to seeing more results.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:17 AM   #29
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:04 PM   #30
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I don't like any of it. How much is this hood going to cost?
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:50 PM   #31
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Asuka will never be one-upped. Its the best example of an aftermarket hood, period.
What made me want to have our own hood is shown in the video below. This was my M3 and an Asuka hood. My thinking was why do I have to put a set of extra hood latches to keep the hood down. Shouldn't the hood be strong enough to simply use the factory mounting locations without it breaking apart?

The second thing that made me realize this is when I closed the hood on Jason's Asuka widebody M3 the hood buckled at the point where the passenger hinge meets the hood. Shouldn't there be a hood that can open and close without it flexing at the rear hinges? In both cases I had to buy a new hood, one for me and one for Jason.

After getting a new Asuka hood on the HPF M3, I added two extra hood latches up front to keep it from flying off and replaced both hinges since they were ripped out of the car. Then I raced the HPF m3 on several tracks hitting fairly high speeds. At PIR I get to 160mph at the end of the front and rear straight. At these speeds the end of the hood closest to the windshield shakes up and down violently as if it's going to blow off again. Luckily it's not enough to break the hood but what will happen at 200mph even with the hood latches?

Now that's just talking about rigidity. I don't want a hood that requires pins to not fly off and shakes around at high speed. That's where the HPF M3 hood comes in. This is one of the main problems we are addressing with the new hood design.

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Old 11-28-2012, 02:52 PM   #32
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Hey Kris good to see you are branching out to customers on fourms for feedback and ideas really good to see. As for the construction of the hood....if It's built anything like the engine and turbo kits you sell I'm sure it will be top quality.

I do like the vents and the bulge in the middle. A lot of good points have been made as ideas to the vents and what not. Would be cool to see a painted factory color option too. Beats people taking it to a body shop to get it painted to match the car if they don't want to run the fu carbon fiber look.

Curious to know a weight savings and approximate costs. Also would like to see a carbon fiber OEM hood as well. Keep up the good work and look forward to seeing more results.
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Thanks. We could paint them but I would recommend getting them paint matched to your vehicle. I'll have the weight savings in a month. We will start selling them at $1995.

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Old 11-29-2012, 08:57 AM   #33
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Honestly to me it just looks like it increases drag coefficient and isn't necessary. Just my opinion though.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:13 AM   #34
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Awesome Chris. You seal off the mess associated with these hoods and I will b on your list of buyers. Thanx for involving us in your build.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:24 PM   #35
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Thanks. We could paint them but I would recommend getting them paint matched to your vehicle. I'll have the weight savings in a month. We will start selling them at $1995.

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Really looks good and gives a new look to the car. A mix of old and new. Anxious to see the finished one on a car. I very interested for one myself
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:57 PM   #36
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Awesome Chris. You seal off the mess associated with these hoods and I will b on your list of buyers. Thanx for involving us in your build.
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Really looks good and gives a new look to the car. A mix of old and new. Anxious to see the finished one on a car. I very interested for one myself
I agree. I love the new look.

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:29 PM   #37
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Thanks. We will develop the hood so that an under vent rain diverter can be added to keep the engine dry.


Thanks. I definitely agree with the rain block. The GTR style hood has the vents more forward and circular and the Asuka style hood has the vents more rearward and inward. We've looked at these other hood styles but have pulled away from trying to match the identical locations or styles of either M3 hoods.

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Rain/Car wash shield lol....If you guys do in fact make the hood that has that option i will remove my vorsteiner that day and put an order in ASAP.
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that looks ridiculous, in a bad way
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:07 PM   #39
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Beats me why anyone would want to have a riced out hood on an m3 especially when its strictly cosmetic - but then again, in every group, there are bound to be superstars....
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Beats me why anyone would want to have a riced out hood on an m3 especially when its strictly cosmetic - but then again, in every group, there are bound to be superstars....
That GTR was only trying to help. He literally blew his doors hood off
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