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Best Modifications That Make Your Car Race-Worthy

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Whether you want to get into the world of car racing or you simply want to whittle time off of your laps on the Hockenheimring, you’re going to want to make performance-focused modifications to your car. There are many possible modifications you can install, but the following are the modifications that are going to bring about the best value for money, and the greatest performance gains.

Engine ECU Tuning

An ECU is the computer that controls the amount of fuel injected into your engine cylinders and as well as the ignition timing. Both these factors affect the power that your engine is able to produce.

By default, ECUs are tuned to prioritize fuel efficiency, reliability, and durability. An ECU tune-up is a series of tweaks that program your ECU to burn more fuel and ignite in advance, which significantly increases the power output of your engine at the expense of heat and fuel efficiency. The best thing about this tune-up is that it doesn’t require any mechanical modifications. This is also why this is often the first performance modification racers go for.

Racing Exhaust and Intake Kits

An increase in engine power also means a significant increase in heat output. Racing exhausts and intake systems are important because they help keep your engine from overheating.

A free-flowing air intake system not only helps take in more air to cool your engine, it also increases the air your engine can burn. On the other hand, a racing exhaust system allows fumes to escape your engine faster, which hastens the burning cycle of fuel.

Alloy Rims and Racing Tires

Racing tires are the only point of contact that your car has with the track and thus, they have to be able to maintain traction as well as withstand the friction created at high speeds.

Alloy rims are significantly lighter and much tougher than stock rims. This helps with weight reduction and it also helps keep your car more stable at high speeds. You can even consider switching to rims that allow you to fit wider tires for even better traction.

Body Kits

Body kits are more than just an aesthetic modification. They also significantly improve the aerodynamic properties of your car. They create downforce that helps maintain traction on the road and they reduce drag, which helps your car go much faster. This is also the same principle behind the massive rear spoilers and front lip spoilers found on all F1 cars.

Body kits can be expensive, and only the highest quality kits will do, so always make sure that you buy only from reputable sellers like Monaco Motorsports if you want a guaranteed improvement.

Brakes

The faster your car goes, the more braking power you’re going to need in order to maintain control. A good set of brakes also shortens your car’s required braking distance, which means that you can maintain a certain speed much longer before having to brake.

Brake kits can be expensive. For those who need only the basics, a high-temperature brake fluid, high-temperature brake pads, and a set of stainless steel brake hoses will do.

It’s important to know which modifications to prioritize, as performance upgrades can be costly and complex. You don’t have to buy a full suite of upgrades to make your car race-worthy, especially if you don’t plan to make a career out of racing. The abovementioned modifications are more than enough.

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