For most car enthusiasts, it is not simply enough to have a shiny ride that stands out. The vehicle also needs to perform to the best of its ability. This often means that they will simply not leave the car as it is; they will attempt to make engine modifications that provide more power, thereby enhancing the performance of the vehicle (make sure you grab some personalized number plates for the outside!)
While there are so many ways to modify a car engine for increased performance, the following are just some of the most effective modifications;
- Using Superchargers
One of the easiest ways to improve the performance of any vehicle is to use a supercharger. Superchargers pressurize air intake so that more air is going into the engine, thereby combining with more fuel to produce more power. A supercharger spins at a rate of least 50,000 RPM, a rate that is faster that the engine in order to force air into the combustion chamber. The good news is installing a supercharger is a very simple process that doesn’t require a trip to the mechanic; just read the instructions on the supercharger’s manual.
- Use an Air Filter
Air filters also provide better performance by allowing more air-flow into the engine. They are also very good at blocking contaminants which can degrade the performance of the vehicle over time. These air filters are made of a thin layer of cotton or other material between several layers of mesh designed to catch impurities. They are also washable, making them an inexpensive way to enhance the performance of your vehicle.
- Use a Cold Air Intake Kit
Temperature can go a long way in helping to improve the performance of a vehicle. Cold air intake kits can help improve the performance since cold air is denser than warm air. This means that cold air contains more oxygen that is necessary for combustion which improves performance.
- Performance Chips
For later-models, the on-board computer that controls various aspects of the car like anti-lock brakes can be running a little slow. There are however a few performance chips that can be installed to override the factory settings and improve the performance. These performance chips can come with different parameters for different functions, giving you total control over these functions. They are also very easy to install; you just need to take out the factory chip and insert the new one.
- Reducing the Weight of the Car
Although it may sound like the simplest way to increase the performance of your car, it is a lot more involving that any of the other modifications we’ve seen. That’s because it is work-intensive since you have to remove the heavier parts of the car and replace them with lighter parts. One of the modifications you can make is to replace traditional brakes with disk brakes.
You should however note that these modifications can void the vehicle’s warranty. So, unless you know what you’re doing, it is important to get professional assistance.