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Suspension setup and suspension settings and fine tuning.
front-suspension

Fine tuning your suspension setup for your driving style. "Things are bound toe improve!" Many people just concentrate on lowering the car and assume that stiffer springs and the lower ride height will improve handling. However there are many other settings for your suspension which can make a massive difference to the handling before you […]

Hybrid turbos
turbo-cosworth

As a rule the turbo engines are stronger than the NASP equivalents and are able to handle substantial power gains.

The key thing in a turbo engine is the flow rate that can be generated and this depends largely on the internal profiles of the impellers inside the turbo.

Superchargers – A guide to supercharger kits benefits vs disadvantages
supercharger-kit

Superchargers offer the promise of substantial power gains with very few drawbacks. So lets look at the growing popularity of supercharger kits and see what its all about.

A supercharger is quite simply an air compressor which helps push more air into an engine. These are driven by a belt from the engine effectively creating pull on the engine sapping up to 30% of the engines power.

Sports ignition coils and performance coil packs
sports-coil

Lets look at the job of the coil in the spark system and see what it does.

Just as a power transformer converts mains 240 volts into a usable 9 volts for your charger or appliance a coil will increase the voltage.

A car battery/alternator will produce a paltry 12volts, certainly not enough to jump an air gap and create a spark.

An ignition coil raises the voltage in some installations between 20 and up to 40,000 volts and this allows the creation of a spark which can jump the air gap between the plugs.

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Principles of porting an engine and big valve conversions
flowed-head-internal

The inlet and outlet ports on the engine block are usually larger than those of the manifolds that connect to them.

This allows for scope in the manufacturing process to allow for mismatched alignment.

Generally the engine ports are larger in the upstream flow direction avoiding turbulance but power gains can be made by matching these up.

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