Hood customisation is a common feature in the Need for Speed series. Aftermarket hoods are characterised by additional openings and are also often available in carbon-fibre trim.

Similar to other visual customisation items, custom hoods primarily serve as cosmetic enhancements for vehicles - the Underground series grants the player more Star Rating points for installing an aftermarket hood.

Most Need for Speed titles with a pursuit mode including Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Need for Speed: Carbon will lower the player's Heat Level after changing their hood.