Car companies always create their vehicles with one key objective: to be marketable and appealing to a large number of potential customers. For a car enthusiast, there is a room for fine-tuning vehicles from the manufacturers to your desired state. Although you wont create a completely different car, you can tweak a few things to boost its performance and improve its comfort.
Some of the few things you can tune include braking performance, ride quality, intake note, engine note, handling, throttle response, or adding a reasonable level of horsepower among others. So, if you want to tweak a sports car, where do you start? Here we look at where to start.
The engine is the heart of any automobile. When car makers install an engine in a vehicle, they have no idea of where the vehicle will be driven or conditions under which the buyer will be driving the vehicle; so, they install a one-size-fits-all ECU map, which meets the emissions standards. Vehicle tuning and maintenance should, therefore, be one way of boosting its performance.
Chip tuning is one way of optimising your cars performance. Certain chips are connected to the ECU, it’s a simple click and push. Far easier than remapping, it can also be removed easily if you ever need warranty work.
You need to have a high-temperature brake fluid such as Torque 700 or RBF600 as well as high-performance pads to suit sporty driving.
You might take your car to autocross, a racetrack or a canyon road; therefore, it is imperative to check on the quality of brake pads and fluid of the sports car, and if not worthy then that should be the second thing to tune in your car.
Depending on the car model, tuning your car gears to achieve the right ratio can have a significant impact on performance. A higher ratio gear will provide additional top speed instead of better acceleration when you are racing on a circuit. In slow speed corners, you can alter the gears to make the car accelerate faster. It’s advisable to be careful when tuning gears in order to get it done properly.
Many modern automatic cars with paddle shifters can benefit from software updates or flashing the gearbox ECU to enable quicker changes.
Your tyres can significantly transform performance for better or worse. For sports cars, you may have to avoid all-season tyres and shop for summer and winter tyres. So, why is it important to have summer and winter tyres?
During the summer, high-performance summer tyres offer better ride quality, more grip, and generally much better performance. On the other hand, a snow tyre’s exceptional compound means the tires work seamlessly not only when it is snowing, but also when temperatures are low.
If your car is running on aftermarket suspension, it’s logical to have each corner balanced and aligned so that your car can be installed with performance-oriented suspension. With the nature of driving associated with a sporty car, it is also vital to adjust the anti-roll bars as it influences the extent to which the car understeers or oversteers.
Furthermore, corner balancing improves the performance on the track. Any car alignment specialist will always do this for you to suit the nature of your driving, which could be on canyons or track.
Some cars come with good shifters. Other cars having a short-throw shifter perform better with an upgrade. For rear-drive cars, it means exchanging the shifter assembly beneath the centre console whereas for a front-drive car means changing the bell-crank, which is on the transmission itself.
Whichever the case, a good shifter will reduce throw by approximately 15%, increases the directness and weight of the lever thus providing a more engaging feel.
An exhaust may not have any significant impact but can affect your dyno result, which is critical. Fine-tuning your exhaust is a great way to make it your own and one way of avoiding exhaust drone while on track. Choose a performance exhaust, which has a reasonable decibel level, adds horsepower to your ride, and sounds good.
Arguably, this is where you need to start if you want to tune your sports car in order to optimise its performance on the track as well as to suit the nature of your driving. As a fact, you may not completely overhaul your sports car, but you can consider a few features you would like to tune. The above-discussed are some of the basic features you should start with, but you can always reach out to a specialist for advice.