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What’s The Best Mod To Make Your Car Faster?

The quest to build a faster car causes enthusiasts to spend thousands of dollars for marginal gains in performance. Some feel the need for more horsepower or a stiffer suspension, while others turn to aero bits or ECU tunes. All of these somewhat expensive modifications may positively impact performance but what if there was one mod that promised a huge increase in performance with minimal work?

On this episode of Engineering Explained, Jason Fenske uses the power of math and a physics textbook to show how to properly modify your car for a true increase in performance. He proves that doubling the horsepower of your car through whatever path you fancy, cannot compare to a set of grippy tires while lapping a circuit. This should come as no surprise as a set of good summer tires can turn your average car into a much faster machine. Although tires won’t increase your top speed or make your car louder they do allow you to access all the performance your car has to offer

Although tires won’t increase your top speed or make your car louder they do allow you to access all the performance your car has to offer. The increase in grip allows for quicker acceleration and more importantly stability around corners. When lapping a track, the ability to carry speed around corners is far more important than all-out horsepower. Now that math has clearly proved the importance of good tires, skip the cold air intake and buy a real set of tires.

About Chris Okula - Contributor

Chris was raised on Top Gear and automotive magazines, which still dominate most of his free time today (he is not a fan of the new TopGear). After he graduated from Desales University, Chris started his career in the pharmaceutical industry, but missed writing which lead him to the creation of his own automotive blog. This blog lead him to work with Road & Track and now as a contributor here at Shifting Lanes. In his free time, Chris is constantly on the popular automotive auction site, Bring a Trailer, as well as Craigslist looking for ways to destroy his savings account and skip student loan payments.

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