The Best High Performance Parts to Add to Your Car

The Best High Performance Parts to Add to Your Car

Getting the performance you want out of a stock vehicle isn't going to happen. Even if money isn't an issue, any car you buy will be tuned to the general target market.

To get the ride you're looking for, you're going to have to make the changes yourself.

And we can help.

We'll look at the high performance parts you should get to have the ride of your life.

Power

It's the first place most gear-heads go when thinking about high performance parts.

Getting the most out of your engine comes down to two key fundamentals: air coming in and air coming out.

The quality fuel you use plays a big part, but most bolt-ons you'll be looking for will either help get more cold air into the engine or out the exhaust.

Intake

By concentrating the flow of air entering the engine, it allows for a more combustible spark when combined with gasoline. The lower temperature means the air is denser, making a more powerful explosion.

A powerful explosion lets the engine maximize the power output of the pistons, creating a more efficient performance.

Exhaust

Now that your engine is creating more power, you'll want to make sure that the exhaust exits the vehicle as quickly as possible. Think of it like breathing: if you don't fully exhale, you can't take in a full breath.

What you buy will depend on your vehicle, but look for a complete package that starts at the catalytic converter and ends at the exhaust tips.

Handling

If you're going to make your vehicle more powerful, make sure it can handle the increased load.

Upgrading your suspension helps your car manage the increased pressure higher speeds create when cornering. Think of the old attitude toward early American muscle cars: great in a straight line but can't corner.

That was the result of monstrous V8s in the front and a live rear axle in the back. The suspensions simply couldn't handle the weight when the car turned.

Since vehicles off the lot are usually tuned for comfort, you'll want something stiffer so that it maintains it's stance in the face of the forces pushing against it.

Brakes

It's one thing to go fast, it's another to bring everything to stop. And it's not just about safety. Your ability to corner depends on how late you can brake and how quickly you can accelerate afterward.

Brake drums are still common on two-wheel drive cars, often on the unpowered wheels. They will not cut it. Even factory-installed calipers won't be sufficient if you've increased the power under the hood.

Instead, spend the money. You'll be looking for two types of high performance parts when it comes to brakes: the calipers and the pads.

Skimping out on one hurts the other.

Tires

Finally, you'll need to think about what kind of tires to mount on.

For all of their differences and varieties, all cars share the same four palm-sized patches of rubber connecting them to the ground.

Even the best braking system will fail if paired with the wrong type of tire. Take a look at any winter tire braking test.

The most powerful engine won't be able to convert that power to speed if the tires can't stick to the pavement.

Keep in mind if you're operating your vehicle at high-limits often, you're going to need to swap your rubber regularly. Your ability to perform depends on it.

Aerodynamics

Finally, we'll take a look at the exterior of the car.

Aerodynamics often get a bad name: too many wannabe gear-heads will bolt on hood-scoops and air vents to their base-model sedans, hoping the aesthetics tell a story the engine can't finish.

But aerodynamics do play an important role. How air passes over and under your car directly affects its speed and stability.

A front splitter helps guide air at the front of the car, pushing it back more efficiently and creating less wind resistance.

A rear-diffuser helps expel air out the back of the car, preventing drag created by the mixing of high-pressure air passing over the vehicle and neutral ambient air.

A wing helps create downforce. The faster you go, the more the air will push your vehicle up from underneath.

This push prevents the suspension and tires from performing optimally. A properly-installed wing uses air force to push the car down, giving you much greater traction for accelerating and breaking.

Nitrous Oxide

If you've made all the other changes and still want more, why not add a nitrous boost?

Not for the faint of heart, nitrous oxide creates a dramatic increase in power. It injects more of oxygen into the engine, allowing you to add more fuel.

Nitrous isn't something you just add on and go, though. You'll want to consult with an expert and ensure your car can handle the dramatic uptick in power.

A Quick Note on New Vs Used

It can be tempting to go with used performance parts for your vehicle: the savings can be significant.

You'll want to keep in mind, however, that speed and danger are correlated. Do you want to increase the power of your engine using compromised parts?

Didn't think so.

Final Thoughts on High Performance Parts

Getting the most out of your vehicle is our passion. We believe that people should drive the cars that suit them, not what factory engineers want to sell to the masses.

Upgrading the stock parts with high performance parts helps you create a unique ride that matches your needs exactly.

If you have any questions or want some advice about your vehicle, let us know. We're always here to help.

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