I've been asking around about this, so I thought I'd post here. Does anybody know about the availability of a lightweight hood (doesn't matter if it's fiberglass, carbon fiber, fiberglass overlain with carbon fiber, aluminum, titanium, paper mache...) for the 968 that fits decently? I know GT-Racing makes one, or at least used to, but I've heard the quality is very sketchy.
Having been bitten hard by the track bug, I'm in the process of making my car more track-worthy, and I would dearly love to take some weight out of the front of the car (taking weight off the back is comparatively easy). The hood is off now (and the engine is out of the car getting rebuilt) so this would be the ideal time to install a lightweight hood. I fear they're vaporware, though; hoping for someone out there to prove I'm wrong. Thanks!
Thanks for the response. Yes, the things you mentioned have crossed my mind, especially the consideration about racing class rules. I've never raced (only done track days), but once I get my car put back together and am tracking it again, I suspect I will eventually want to move into some sort of competitive racing, and I am concerned that a modification such as a lightweight hood might be a problem. Good food for thought...
Ah, the bug has bitten you HARD! That's excellent!
For all the mistakes I made, one of the smartest things I did was purchase a track-prepared car rather than modify my street car. It seems easy to fix up your street car -- a few mods here, a few changes there -- but it can be horribly expensive. I saved loads of money and ended up with a much better prepped car by buying a 968 racer from a gentleman whose track days were behind him.
Such cars aren't terribly hard to find, and the seller will never get out of it what he put in it. So often guys experience life changes (new child, move, new job, wife finally puts foot down, etc.) that force a sale. First, figure out what series you might want to tackle, then read the rulebook. Look for racecars that meet the regs for that series. If the cars are already racing in that series, you can see the results (podiums, etc.) for insight into how well the cars are set up.
Used trailers, two vehicles, and wheels can also be bought on the cheap, especially at the end of the season.
BTW, my old racecar is still in Atlanta with the folks who bought it from me, and they would likely sell it if anyone's interested. :-)
Sigh... You're probably right, I'm probably going about this all wrong, but I'm past the point of no return - I've got the engine out of my car, with the head at the machine shop, and 951 connecting rods on the way to deal with the high rpm use the engine will be seeing in the near future. The problem is that I can't afford, nor do I have space for, two 968s, and my current one is worth so little (the leaks alone, which any PPI will quickly discover, would cost thousands to repair, rendering the true value of my car well south of $10K, probably closer to $5K), which doesn't go very far toward a race-prepped car. Plus, I'm not even sure I want to race competitively anytime soon; my immediate goal is to just have my car go faster on track days. I'm planning to keep it fully streetable; I don't want to get into the whole trailering thing anytime soon.
But you make a very good point - maybe I should have just looked for a track car, but, as I said, it's too late, with my car in pieces at the moment. At least I'll have the, uh, satisfaction of doing everything myself.
Thanks for the positive comments about GT Racing. I'll look into it. I have heard, however, that fiberglass hoods, from GT Racing as well as others, are notoriously difficult to get to fit correctly.