For Hellcat owners: I've seen this question posted previously, but not seen a clear answer. When water enters the 2 hood heat extractors and functional hood scoop; how is it channeled away from the engine? Are the coil covers the engines only protection from water? With the all the exceptional engineering that's gone into this car, I'm sure managing water was thought out too. Thanks.:4-dontknow:
I'm hoping to hear a good answer from someone on this. While I don't have a hellcat I do have the Shaker hood on my 2014 Challenger and I am concerned about being in heavy rain occasionally and having water enter the hood scoop.
I don't have the answer, though it has crossed my mind as well. One of the first times I drove my Shaker, I got caught in one of the heaviest downpours I've ever seen. All I can tell you is the car never missed a beat. I don't think the hood scoop gets as much water (or air) into it as one would think. If it did, then why the open element air filter in the front of the engine compartment? Even though it's a functional hood scoop I'm pretty sure the amount of air going through it is minimal. Some on this forum have even mentioned how there is no advertised improvement in performance over a Challenger without the Shaker option.
The Shaker hood, in my opinion, is more for the retro image than it is for true performance gains and that's just fine with me cause it looks badass!
Thanks for the responses guys. By now we've all seen plenty of YouTube video clips of Hell Cats being driven in the rain with no apparent ill effects. So I'd like to think my water question is a 'non-issue', that's why I hoped some of the lucky early Hell Cat owners could chime in with their actual personal experiences. I'm ready to pull the trigger on a SRT 392 with a functional hood scoop. It wouldn't be my daily driver, but I want to be able to confidently drive the car (rain or shine) without having to check the weather forecast every time I walk out the door.
Forgive any blasphemy here but if you look at the install instructions for a Saleen Shaker system, by design the manufacture mentions they angled their filter slightly forward so water and debris get deflected downward to the airbox and evacuated. They also use a 'required' pre-filter' to help keep water out.
With 3 openings on the Hell Cat that are functional and effective; they make you just drool when you look at the car. But the air catcher in the signal lens, the two heat extractor openings on the hood, and a hood scoop; all are potential openings for water in the engine compartment. Somebody please tell me 'FACTUALLY' none of these openings are a problem, so I can shut up and move on. By the way, I own a 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt. I'm keeping the horse, but I'm getting a Challenger come hell or high water! I love this car!!! Thanks all.