If there’s one thing that we’re never getting enough of, it’s probably the horsepower and torque in our muscle cars.
A horsepower is a unit of measurement used for power, which determines the rate at which work is done in a given amount of time, while torque is the capacity to do the work.
The good news is that increasing a car’s horsepower and torque is relatively easy when you opt for the right upgrades. Here are some effective modifications to boost your engine:
1. Remove excess weight
Even though this tip doesn’t give your vehicle any additional power, it will allow the engine to use its power more efficiently. Ideally, each pound added to the vehicle for cargo is a pound added for its engine to carry. An extra 100 pounds can reduce your vehicle’s MPG (Miles Per Gallon) by 1 percent.
So, first things first, remove all unnecessary items lying around in your vehicle or its trunk to save fuel, economy and boost your engine’s horsepower. For optimal performance, consider installing high-performance tires and wheels to reduce the car’s weight.
2. Tune-up and lubricate the engine
A vehicle calls for full-body maintenance to extend all its components’ lifespan and keep the engine running at optimal levels.
Again, this will not increase the horsepower but boost the performance of the engine. For example, clogged air or fuel filters could starve the engine from running correctly.
Similarly, an oil change is also an inexpensive problem to consider; consider a synthetic oil to boost engine responsiveness.
3. Install a turbocharger or supercharger
Turbochargers are highly fuel-efficient as they take the waste heat from the exhaust to post the pressure of taking in air. Through this, they can add 200 horsepower to the car’s engine. But they tend to cost a hefty amount.
On the other hand, superchargers tend to be more reliable than turbochargers considering that there is no delay between the throttle application and the boost of intake pressure.
4. Install a cold-air intake
A low-cost method of adding power to your engine is installing a cold-air intake, but this increases the total horsepower in between 6 to 11 hp only. Even though the improved throttle response seems favorable, the engine’s noise could land you in trouble.
5. Install an aftermarket exhaust system
An aftermath exhaust system is a quick alternative to gaining as much as 20 horsepower units. These are much quieter and give you increased power. Win-win, right?
6. Buy an engine tuner
Car engines are generally manufactured to shift smoothly and offer fuel efficiently rather than to generate maximum horsepower. You could reprogram your transmission vehicle with handheld tuners that cost a little over $500. They’re easy to use and make a significant difference, but you’ll have to start investing in premium quality gas from hereon.
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