I guess I should have been clearer with “M3,” meaning Model 3. (Tesla) Yes, I’ve seen many pictures of cars with carbon fiber hoods, some Teslas, but most carbon fiber hood manufacturers include a note about recommending hood pins. This is why I was wondering if anyone here had done it, and where they placed the hood pins (if they added them) given the lack of typical metal framing under the hood on an M3 vs a standard car.
The price you would have to cough up for the little weight savings you would gain on an already thin sheet of metal is not worth it IMO
but if your set on doing this mod because you want to customize your car and/or stand out from all the white m3, sure go for it.
You can use a hood pin but it will require drilling on hood and possible nose frame.
A good aftermarket company shouldn't require you to use a hood pin, they should be able to get the mold of the underside hood perfect to you can reuse the latching mechanism.
hope this helps
I seen a blue model 3 with carbon hood and trunk. The hood looked cool. Had no pins.
The trunk I think looks better with just a carbon spoiler.
It seems like it would be easier to just get a competent wrap company to wrap it in carbon fiber look wrap, since the goal is no hood pins and you are considering it primarily for the look.
I'm partially answering your question.
I've done it on my '68 Mustang
not on a Tesla. but the steps are the same.
You need a christmass tree drill (aka drill-stree step)
What kind of hood pins did you end up ordering?