Every car owner is interested in having a vehicle that is reliable and that can safely get them from point A to point B. However, there are also those who wish to improve the performance of their vehicle and to whom the car is more than just a means of transportation. Though every vehicle has its limitations when it comes to room for improvement, true gearheads are always on a lookout for ways to modify their cars, expend on or remove certain elements of factory models to make their cars more powerful and unique. You don’t have to be an expert in tuning who can perform all those modifications on your own, but it’s good to know what can be done to your car to boost its performance. Here are some tips that should help you make the most of your precious vehicle.
It goes without saying that you have to regularly maintain your car in order for it to be able to sustain any modifications. There can be no upgrade if there is no basic maintenance and upkeep of a vehicle. So, make sure you regularly inspect oil and transmission fluids, keep the bodywork as clean as possible and always use the right tyres for the season and conditions in which you’re driving. Regular maintenance is a must for every car owner, primarily for safety reasons, but it also allows you to pimp your car.
Exterior might provide more power
Some exterior features will definitely increase your cars power, but you can’t expect every modification to yield the same result. For example, a gigantic wing on the trunk or a hood scoop might make the car go faster, but that’s not always the case. They will certainly provide assistance when it comes to downforce and air induction, but they might not complement the original look. So, introduce only those changes that both look great and improve functionality.
One of the most efficient ways to boost your car’s performance is to have a new exhaust system installed. Modern performance exhausts are designed to focus on two areas: sound and performance. The former is one of the biggest pull factors for some owners and each performance exhaust changes the sound of a car. With the right combination of pipework and silencers, each manufacturer achieves their own trademark sound. That means you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Another area is performance, where a better flowing exhaust can help your car generate more BHP. By changing pipework diameter, exhaust layout and reducing obstruction in the exhaust, the manufacturers create elements that boost your car’s performance.
The chassis holds the entire vehicle together, making it one of the most important elements of your car. However, building a high-powered car requires reinforcement of the stock chassis. Torque bars and sway bars can help you reduce the amount of torsion caused by stressful acceleration, since they are often bolted directly to the chassis, which allows the car to reduce movement in one of its most vital structural elements. That’s why you need to make sure the chassis is strong enough.
Brakes are vital
Needless to say, the more powerful your car is, the more attention you need to pay to being able to stop it. Each car manufacturer equips their models with brakes that are appropriate for the model in question. On the other hand, if you wish to push your car further than factory standards, you really have to make sure you upgrade your brakes, too. Ventilated disc brakes cool off more easily under heavy braking, thus helping avoid disc damage such as warping. Some owners choose a “disc-disc” conversion, which replaces rear drums with disc brakes.
Arguably the biggest “cheat code” when it comes to car modification is the implementation of forced induction. Adding a turbocharger or supercharger kit to your car will turn a docile ride into a real street sweeper. Just don’t forget that you need a professional to install this modification properly if you want to enjoy all the benefits.
Reprogramming the ECU
There are tuner cars that have the ability to be ported to a standalone unit that can rewrite the car’s internal computer to produce more power or torque. With most cars nowadays being largely computer-based, the easiest way to add more power is to have the on-board computer work differently. So, by reprograming the ECU, you can get more power and torque virtually at the hit of a button.
There are many other things you can do to boost the performance of your car, while at the same time making it truly unique. Your budget and the state of your car are the most limiting factors when it comes to tuning your car, but you need to know what your options are and how you can get most out of them.