An automotive engine is the heart of the vehicle. Engine components can range from performance parts including pulleys and cam gears, to engine accessories like dress up kits and hoses. There's nothing more appealing then lifting the hood of the car and seeing a well-dressed engine. Enthusiasts like to color match their engine components to add to the overall appearance as well.
Accessories under the hood can set a vehicle apart from the rest. Engine component accessories range from personalized battery tie downs to color matched radiator hoses. The options are endless and most enthusiasts use their own creativity. As an enthusiast, we like to have an engine bay that could be eaten off of. We like it to be clean and spotless. A polished manifold cover is a nice touch to the engine bay. Engine component accessories can also be in carbon fiber or even carbon kevlar. In the automotive industry, carbon fiber is a material bonded together by epoxy resin, which in return makes the material super strong and lightweight. Most enthusiasts like the look of this material. Carbon fiber products are also used on vehicles and can be purchased as fenders, bumpers and even spoilers. Engine dress-up kits can provide the car's engine with an enhance look. Great for car shows, engine dress-up kits are specific to the vehicle and are offered in many different colors.
Adding performance to the engine itself can double as a gain in horsepower and a gain in the appearance factor. The engine can be wildly upgraded and tuned for maximum output. Some of the major engine component upgrades include cam gears, cam shafts, injectors, pistons, intakes, radiators, nitrous, and oil and transmission coolers. All of these parts will be a nice upgrade in some way to your vehicle depending on what your main goal is. It can be engine performance for everyday driving or performance for taking the car to the drag strip.
For many car enthusiasts, creating more horsepower is one of the main goals. Pulling more power out of the vehicle's engine can be done in a various number of ways. Bolt-on parts can be added like intakes, exhausts and headers. Engine work can be done including upgrades to the cam gears, cam shafts, injectors, and pistons. Another route one can go is adding a supercharger or turbocharger kit. With so many options, you may be wondering which one is for you.
Bolt-on engine parts to add performance are relatively cheap and easy to install. Spending maybe $1500 can get you a great deal of added engine horsepower and torque. This can be achieved by adding an intake, header and exhaust. These parts do not take a whole lot of time to install and can typically be done by someone who is remotely mechanically inclined. By installing these upgraded aftermarket engine components, it will free up more air through the entire exhaust system allowing for the engine to produce more power. Along with power comes sound. These engine parts will create a distinct sound for the vehicle and will most likely be much louder than the factory.
Tearing apart and rebuilding an automotive engine can be a task in itself. Upgrading the stock engine internals can bulletproof it when adding more horsepower. An automotive engines internals work with factory parts. Upgrading the factory parts can sometimes put a strain on the engine depending on the specific part. Tearing apart a car's engine is typical for someone adding a supercharger or turbo kit. While some of these kits are manufactured as direct fits, others require significant engine modification.
Adding a transmission or oil cooler will also yield some great performance gains for your vehicle. The cooler most of your engine components are the smoother your vehicle will run and can optimize its performance. Installing an automotive transmission cooler can also increase the longevity of the car's transmission. It will prevent excessive wear and tear from high temperatures. An automotive oil cooler acts just like a transmission cooler. The oil is cooled when it reaches abnormal high temperatures so it can maintain performance. Any high powered engine should use one, if not both of these engine components. An upgraded performance radiator will also give some cooling advantages. An automotive radiator is part of the vehicle's coolant system and helps with the cooling process. High performance automotive engine radiators are typically constructed of aluminum and offer some features over the factory radiator to enhance performance.
Nitrous oxide is well known for the short term "NOS". The reason for the boost in horsepower when using nitrous is due to the fact that it cools the car's intake at extremely fast speeds. The engine can then perform better from taking in the cooler air. Although it will provide major engine horsepower gains, nitrous wreaks havoc on the car's engine. Upgrading the internals would be a necessity for someone thinking about adding this automotive engine component.