Engine Performance Tuning – What Is It?

Engine performance tuning

We all want the best out of our cars. You don’t simply go ahead and buy a new vehicle expecting it to run at half-capacity. Over time, however, it makes sense that you’d want to improve engine power. This is especially the case if you need help optimising your engine for towing, or so that you can essentially take more on with what little engine you already have.

Short of buying a whole new vehicle outright, to get the most out of your car, it makes sense to enhance its power output and overall efficiency. Ultimately, to make sure your engine is working at optimum performance, you’re going to need to think about what enhancements you’ll want to make, and which tuning device is right for the job.

Engine Tuning – The Basics

Generally, there are two or three main ways through which you can tune or enhance the performance of your car’s engine. The two main sources of tuning for most car owners will be through modifying your engine directly, or through engaging in chip tuning.

To improve engine power through chip tuning, you’ll need to look at your ECU. This is your vehicle’s main control center and optimising its capabilities could help you to eke more power out of your engine. Besides enhancing power, performance programming devices can also enhance fuel efficiency and increase your MPG.

Direct engine modification can be seen as riskier, and more invasive. In fact, in many cases, anyone looking to start optimising engine for towing may find that adding a turbo charger doesn’t actually do much. That’s because plenty of modern vehicles already have the necessary boosters in place!

What Else Can You Do?

When considering any kind of engine optimisation, you also need to make sure you are working with the right data. For example, do you need to calibrate your speedometer? What some motorists might not realise is that you might need a tuner to recalibrate your speedometer for increasing tire size. The fact is, when you change something as major as the size of your tires, you are going to need to reset or change your speedometer for accurate data analysis.

Therefore, you may as well be sitting on an engine that’s already working at max efficiency. Before you go ahead and invest in any kind of tuning package or service, it makes sense to check that you won’t need to modify the speedometer after a tire switch.

Always make sure you discuss your engine enhancement or tuning needs with an expert. It’s worth remembering, too, that you might not necessarily need that extra push – go for a full MOT or vehicle audit and see what you find.