10. LOOK AFTER IT!
Regular servicing, including changing the various fluids and filters, is vital if you want to keep your car delivering the performance it was designed to give.
Not only that, but on tuned motors it’s a good idea to take your car to a respected tuner once a year so, as well as regular servicing, they can check and adjust fuel and boost pressures, ignition timing, and if necessary, the mapping of the car’s ECU to keep the car running at peak performance.
It’s not unusual for some cars to need quite large adjustments, even when they seem to be running perfectly fine. In the past we have seen gains of nearly 30bhp, just from a dyno operator adjusting the ignition timing to its optimum.
Rolling road/dyno tuning:£150-£500
9. LET IT BREATHE!
Almost all cars come with restrictive inlet and exhaust systems as standard, mainly to cut down on noise, but also to deliberately reduce power levels for economy and reliability reasons. Catalytic converters are very restrictive too.
Because of this, it’s not uncommon to gain 5-10 percent extra power from a full exhaust system, decat pipe and induction kit on a modern car. Filter and exhaust combos don’t cost a fortune either, so should be the first performance mods you buy.
A performance ECU chip is also a simple mod, improving power and drivability for relatively little cash. You’ll only get small gains on a N/A car, but turbocharged cars can sometimes give upwards of 25bhp.
Performance chip: £250-£500
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