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Mini car tuning tips and advice. We have a wide range of tuning articles covering all models of Mini from small engined family cars like the classic mini to large engine hot hatches with the John Cooper Works conversion and the Cooper S. With the success of the Italian Job movies both modern and classic Mini have a passionate following of dedicated enthusiasts. Following our tuning tips you will avoid many of the common mistakes and actually achieve the car setup you desire. Please join the forum for model specific questions and answers and to meet other owners and see what modifications they have done.

TorqueCars started providing Mini performance tips, car styling and car modification help and advice back in 2003 and have grown from strength to strength with a fast growing membership of all types of cars including many, Mini owners including the new Clubman and coupe. We are currently one of the fastest growing car tuning clubs around and certainly one of the friendliest.

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How to add a turbo to a non turbo car.
turbo-engine

The basic reason for forced induction (turbo or supercharger) is not to increase compression or the maximum pressure in an engine cylinder, it is to increase volumetric efficiency (the efficiency of the engine at drawing in air) although forced induction is the most effective method of upping compression.

In computer games we just tick a box, and within seconds our car is fully turbocharged and running much faster. In the real world things are very different.

Increase engine displacement with a rebore.
cylinder-wall

You can increase the power of an engine by increasing its capacity. This is a fairly involved process and requires a good deal of research and preparation. Unless you want to have to retrace your steps and go a different route midway in to the job.

Some of TorqueCars.com members have had their engines rebored ,and this does seem a good way to increase power. However there are a few things we should take into account.

More power with an engine swap a simple guide
engine-shiny

A popular modification with Torquecars members involves a complete engine swap and remains one of the most cost effective modifications you can do.

As long as there is sufficient space in the engine bay any engine can be made to work in any car although in most cases the work involved is prohibitive to say the least.

Low ratio sport gearbox setup and selection.
race-gearbox

Gearbox – Lower ratios give better acceleration times and lower fuel economy. Six or seven speed boxes are better matched to modern engines.

Most street applications are closer 1st and 2nd gear ratios for that off the line 0-60 boost or for the fast exec a lower 2nd and 3rd ratio give improved overtaking flexibility and 30 – 70 mph acceleration with a high 4th and 5th gear to give motorway fuel economy.

Todays featured car tuning article

High performance valve springs
race-valve-springs

The valves are like the doorways into the engine and control the flow of the intake air and fuel and then after combustion they control the exit of the exhaust gases.

As you can guess the valve springs work incredibly hard, and as you increase the power of your engine the valve choice is vital.

TorqueCars will now take a look at the many considerations taken into account when selecting valve springs.

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