When someone mentions car tuning, one of the things that usually comes first to our minds is power. A powerful engine is the core of every sports car. People started to tweak their engines many years ago and there are various methods that you can use. Some of them are cheaper while some of them will cost you a real fortune. Some of them will add just a few horses, while some could make your car a real street racer. In any case, all these methods are proven and actually work. Here are some of the most common ways to increase engine power.
Simple, cheap and effective! Moreover, you don’t need to know much about mechanics to do it right. Every engine needs to breathe and this is the perfect way to get more fresh air into your engine. Still, these filters can’t fit in the housing of the stock air filter. This could be a problem since the new one will be exposed to engine’s heat. So, some thermal isolation is highly recommended.
Your engine must breathe. This includes a throw-out of hot air from the engine as well. So, for a better air-flow, some sporty exhaust system could be a very good solution. The whole point is to increase an exhaust pipe diameter. However, you must be careful with this. If you go for too big pipes, you will get more noise for sure, but the output will be decreased.
This is one of the oldest and coolest methods for getting more power. In the past, people used to modify original camshafts, which is a real old-school way. Today, there are specially designed performance camshafts, so you don’t have to bother yourself. Although an essential part of the engine, camshaft works in a pretty simple way. While spinning, it opens and shuts valves, providing enough fuel and air for the engine. It works in a specific tempo. By changing the rhythm, valves open earlier but shut later. So, the engine gets more fuel, which basically means more power.
This is probably the most efficient way to get more power. Your atmospheric engine could easily get up to 30% more horses, which makes a huge difference. Turbo sucks air to the engine, making more boost and power. Of course, an intercooler is necessary, to keep the engine from overheating. On the other side, Supercharger is belt-drive. It is a better solution for bigger engines, with six or eight cylinders. They usually don’t cause overheating and maintenance is simpler. Still, consider that this would be a great investment on your car, which means thousands of GBP.
An instant boost! On high temperatures, plenty of oxygen is released, which provides much better fuel burning. Depending on the bottle, you can get from 25 to 500 horsepower. A recommended dose for inline-four engine provides 40-60 additional horsepower. Engines with six cylinders could get up to 100 horses. However, it usually doesn’t work well in a combination with a turbocharger.
Chip tuning is probably the most popular method nowadays. Benefits are numerous. First of all, you get plenty of power for a pretty affordable price. Also, there are no mechanical modifications, while the whole process is pretty simple. You just need to replace stock ECU with some more performance oriented. The result is great, especially on diesel engines, where you can get up to 30% more power.