Most every car has a hood – or for you anglophiles, a bonnet. And usually what you expect to find when you pop that hood is an engine, right? It’s becoming more and more common these days that upon lifting that lid instead of finding mechanical marvels you are confronted by. . . plastic .
What is up with that?
Sure, automakers are attempting to encompass the brand in all aspects, even extending to engine compartment dress up games. And much like those one-inside-another Russian dolls, opening a hood expecting to find the engine can sometimes result is the discovery of yet another cover – this time one not easily cast aside by a simple in-cabin tee-lever and secondary latch. Instead they require the popping of what appear to be one-time push pins made out of plastic. I think the car makers are telling us to GTFU when we’re poking around under the hood, and I don’t like that.
That also sucks if you want to show off the mechanical macho of your machine, and is equitable to those full-bodywprk motorcycles that also hide all the mechanical beauty of the bike. Hey, y’all, I want to see that, I like it. Here in the cars, it’s just another layer to remove – sort of like your date’s chastity belt – in order to get to the good stuff. Or is it? Do you think these plastic under-hood covers are extraneous weight, or do you think it brings a level of elegance to what was once the other side of the tracks parts as far as cars were concerned? What do you think?
Image source: [roadfly.com]