While visiting the Lingenfelter Collection I noticed a styling trend. Though the ZR1 Corvette got a lot of attention for the see-through panel in its hood that displays the LS9 engine and its supercharger, makers of midengine supercars have been showing off their powerplants for a while. Cars featured in the photo gallery include the Bugatti Veyron, Porsche Carrera GT, Ford GT, Saleen S7 Twin Turbo, Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and Reventon, and 288 GTO, F40, Enzo, 430, and 430 Scuderia 16M Spyder Ferraris. Most likely, the trend began with the F40’s see-though louvered engine cover. Since the Collection includes a fairly comprehensive selection of such high performance machines, from a variety of manufacturers, I think it’s safe to say that it’s now de rigueur for supercar makers to use an exposed engine as a styling touch.
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