How to Make a Car Faster

by Jenny Carver

Most cars on the road are driven to simply get you from here to there, whether it be home, work, the store or a friend's house. But some people are not satisfied using their cars for commuting only. These people can spend hundreds of dollars to make their cars faster. Learn the different ways to make your car faster, and decide for yourself if it's worth the money.

Install a chip for the fastest and most efficient way to gain horsepower. Depending on price, chips can be tuned to your specific need, whether it be more horsepower, more torque or more gas mileage. Some chips may even allow you to find a middle ground and tune for maximum power and gas mileage.

Switch the factory intake and piping with a cold air intake to increase horsepower slightly and allow your car to "breathe" easier. A cold air intake sucks cooler air from outside the car and forces it into the engine, rather than the factory intake pushing hot air into the engine.

Modify the exhaust, which is a popular way to go and can possibly increase horsepower by itself. But most gains through the exhaust are with the combined effort of the exhaust and other after-market parts installed in the engine. Exhaust systems can be modified from the engine to the rear of the car, replacing the entire system, or by changing out the muffler only.

Go for forced induction if you want the quickest bang-for-your-buck horsepower gain. Nitrous oxide is a commonly used forced induction system and can instantly add up to 150 horsepower. For this setup, your engine will need other parts, like after-market pistons and camshafts to keep up with the sudden demand for power.

Check if your car already has a turbo or supercharger that was installed in the factory. If your car was not equipped with a turbo or supercharger from the factory, there are many other parts you will need before having them installed. These are best installed by a professional mechanic.

Tip

  • check Always consult with a mechanic before buying a new part for your car. The mechanic can tell you which part will work and which one is not compatible with your car.

About the Author

Since 1997 Jenny Carver has served as editor and freelance writer for many offline and online publications including lovetoknow.com, autotropolis.com, "Hoof Beat News," "Import Tuner" and others. Carver owns a custom automotive shop where she has been doing paint and body work, custom interior work and engine building for over 11 years.