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  • Archive for August, 2016


    Aerofoils, wings and spoilers

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

    What is an aerofoil and spoiler and what does it do? Well, an airplane wing pushes the plane up by using the Coinda effect and the Bernoulli paradox. Air keeps travelling in the same direction after deflection, fast moving air creates low pressure. When the air over the wing is going faster than that underneath […]

    Nitrous injection kits

    Sunday, August 28th, 2016

    Nitrous has many names, the most popular is NoS which is actually a brand. Dinitrous Monoxide is the chemical name but for the purpose of this article we shall refer to it as nitrous. We will explore how it works and the various setup options available and see what this does for performance.

    Petrol, octane and additive tips

    Thursday, August 25th, 2016

    There is an ever increasing array of fuel on offer. With the addition of a whole plethora of additives the motorist can be left wondering what is the best for his car. Which octane is best and should you use additives? Are all brands of fuel the same?

    Tips for fitting strut braces

    Friday, August 19th, 2016

    Due to the need for doors and windows in a car the whole body is subject to flexing.  For just commuting or the daily drive around town this is not a problem.  However when driving near the limits or on the track, the flexing can seriously reduce your cornering ability. A strut brace is the solution […]

    Engine oil change schedules for performance cars.

    Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

    You spent a lot of time and effort tuning and enhancing the performance of your car. You want to keep the car in peak condition and dread a visit from Mr Breakdown! How important is a maintenance schedule for your tuned car? We shall look at the importance of oil changes in this first of […]

    Sports performance tires

    Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

    It is surprising how much difference a tire can make to the handling of a car.  Motor sports teams select a tire for the prevailing conditions of the track so have a range of wet weather dry weather and of roads tires with various stud profiles and patterns. Normal drivers however have to opt for […]

    Low ratio Gearboxes

    Saturday, August 13th, 2016

    Many drivers overlook the importance of the gear ratio in their tuning project.  The manufacturers spend a great deal of time matching each individual gear ratio and final drive ratio to the power bands of the engine.  Car tuners should do likewise.

    Diesel tuning

    Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

    The modern diesel engine has moved on a long way from those agricultural units of times passed. Many dismiss diesels because they have experienced them in the past as being slow smelly and noisy. The diesel engine has moved on a  long way from this and they are now very refined and offer petrol matching […]

    Big turbo conversions

    Thursday, August 4th, 2016

    A turbo charger has a finite capacity to force air into the engine. The basic principle that more air equals more power holds true (as long as there is a sufficient supply of fuel to match this). Hybrid turbos are one way to increase the capacity of your turbo, with different impellers the characteristics can […]

    Cryogenic engine treatments

    Monday, August 1st, 2016

    When building a new engine you really want it to be as strong as possible. Cryogenic treatments were discovered by accident. It was noticed that metal exposed to the cold temperatures of space and high temperatures of re-entry were substantially stronger.