Pic 1: ER34 with Veilside VS D1-GT Carbon Fibre Hood & Aerocatch
In continuation from my previous entry on "Bodykit Options for The ER34", I've finally decided to go the easy route that cause me the least amount of downtime on the car usage and also one of the more cost effective options.
I've decided to just install the ultra rare Veilside VS D1-GT Carbon Fibre Hood and also Aerocatch locking decide to secure it down.
Before fitment, I sent in the hood to have it re-lacquered to give it that brand new look. I've also repainted the underside of the hood. Yes I know no one see underneath but I like everything to look good inside out. Cost me a fair bit as I use good lacquer that are able to withstand the hot Malaysian sun. Slap on a couple of layers too for good measure. The end result is pretty nice. :)
Pic 2:The vents
Pic 3: ER34 with Veilside VS D1-GT Carbon Fibre Hood
Initially I have my doubts on the hood as it's a tad too aggressive looking for me. After fitting in, it took me a while to get used to it. Something new to me to be able to see vents staring at me from the drivers seat. After driving it for sometime, I guess I've now gotten pretty much accustomed to it. Also getting 'friendly' with the white car, black hood look. Not particularly fond of it yet though.
Pic 4: The view underneath
Pic 5: Yes, it is an original Veilside item
With the hood on, it's a good idea to have additional securing device aside from the stock factory catch. Being so much lighter than the original hood, chances of it catching air and lifting up is not something unheard of. Plenty of cases where FRP/CF hood flew out from the catch and slam onto the windscreen and roof. I am not about to take those chances at all.
Traditional hood pins? Nah, those are so old skool already. Nowadays everyone uses Aerocatch. Even race teams in Le Mans uses them. But make sure you get the original Aerocatch as the market is flooded with cheap knock-offs. For additional strength, I also fitted in the optional Aerocatch Fixing Nut Plate Kit. This is basically an additional 'ring' of aluminum fitted underneath the hood for added mounting strength.
Here are some of the pics. So what do you think?
Pic 6: Vents
Pic 7: More vents. These are pretty unique
Pic 8: Drilling hole for the stud strikers
Pic 9 And another one
Pic 10: Stud strikers and bump stops fitted
Pic 11: How Aerocatch looks underneath with the Aerocatch Fixing Nut Plate Kit
Pic 12: All fitted and ready to go
Pic 13: All done up