I just want you to think twice on purchasing and installation of CF fiber hoods.
I would like to have one of CF hood, if it is as safe as the factory hood. Even if OEMs are heavier, they are designed to absorbs crash forces and bent in a way that would not harm what's beneath it, or the passengers inside the cabin.
I personally experienced it when I had front-end collision w/ Suburban. I happened to crash my 540 into its tail side tow bar, and since I was at my full braking (front lowered), the bar hit between the dirver's side front light and the grill, not the bumper. The right side of the hood was half folded, so I had to replace it, but it didn't do much to anything under the hood, nor to me.
If I had CF hood installed, could it give same level of protection that OEM hood gave me?; probably not. CF is too strong to absorb crash forces. Some of you might have never had an accident, and all of us don't have any in our future plan, but Who know's what's going to happen?
So I just want all of you to think once again before installing CF hood. It is your option, but I do not think it is worth neither the money nor your safety.
cf hood crack upon impact, so it's safe to say that they offer less protection than the regular hoods.... but from looking at the pictures above, not sure how much protection the regular hood provides in the first place...
Anyhow, I think in the event of a front impact, the frame of the vehichle absorbs more of the energy, so the hood shouldn't matter that much...
The other car flipped over on the roof, and he had a broken arm. Thanks god he didn't have a passenger. Then it would have been a tragedy.
In anycase, wearing a seatbelt, seatbelt tensioners and an airbag is you best life insurance.
If this would have been in an E36 3 series I might not have been so lucky.
Lessons learned: never trust that other drivers follow the traffic rules. Lesson two: bring a license with you when driving in Germany, otherwise they you'll have to deal with lawyers for years after... But case is closed, at last they accepted what I said all the time: I have a license and I just didn't bring it with me.
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1) Advanced composites, such as carbon fiber, (e.g. Kevlar), absorb five times more energy
per pound than steel, and they absorb energy more smoothly.
2) Materials and design are much more important for safety than mere mass, as any bicycle helmet will illustrate.
3) Formula One and Indy race cars are made of advanced composite materials, not only because their light weight improves acceleration and handling, but also because they provide the ultimate in driver safety.