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Opel Tuning Tips and Modifications

Getting the most out of your Opel

Opel car tuning tips and advice. We have a wide range of tuning articles covering all models of Opel from the popular small engined Nova and Corsas to turbo powered hot hatches and the large V6 Calibras covering European models. Following our tuning tips you will avoid many of the common mistakes and actually achieve the car setup you desire. Meet other owners in our Opel owners club and swap pictures and tuning tips and see the inspirational Opel tuning projects.

TorqueCars started providing Opel track day setup help, car tuning and car performance part reviews and suggestions back in 2003 and have grown from strength to strength with a fast growing membership of all types of cars including many, Opel owners. We are currently one of the fastest growing international car tuning clubs around and certainly one of the friendliest. In 2007 we also organised our first full car show.

Our Opel tuning and styling articles are continually updated so for the latest Opel track day setup,tuning and performance part advice, tips and pointers please check back regularly. We strongly recommend that you join our Opel forums and swap track day set up ideas and engine tuning mods with like minded Opel owners in the track day and engine set up forums.

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Choice of fuel becomes more critical in a high compression or turbo engine.

"One of my Pet(rol) hates!"

Fuel: this is regulated by a pressurise valve at the engine end – generally more fuel means more power but you also need more air as well – certainly an induction kit on larger engines and preferably a turbo or supercharger.

If the mixture is too rich a catalyst would be destroyed as unburned fuel enters the catalyst and burns inside it melting the catalytic structure so there is a delicate balance to maintain. … Read More...

Fuel and fuel additives octane and pressure boost valves. Read More...

Some rally style alloy wheels are lighter – (less weight = more speed) and also are designed to increase the cooling of the brake disks.

Some designs hold up better to being curbed than others and some break very easily when hitting a pothole or curb at speed.

Always go for the best quality alloy wheel that you can afford and read the reports and reviews. If you do go for a different overall size you must get the suspension and tracking realigned to avoid uneven wear under acceleration. Read More...

Alloy wheels and their impact on handling and performance. Read More...

You’ve finished tuning up your engine but you find that at full throttle the engine splutters or stalls. When you get the car on a diagnostic you find that the knock sensor is kicking in to protect the engine.

Engine knock is a condition where the fuel inside the engine ignites prematurely and occurs within an engine running at high compression. (It can also be caused by other factors including low octane/poor quality fuel or hot spots within the engine.) Read More...

Benefits and drawbacks of engine water injection systems Read More...

Giggle gas – something to put a smile on your face.

"Giggle Gas – Nitrous Oxide (N20) the power button!"

NB: NoS is a brand name of a company but many confuse this with the name of the gas Dinitrous Monoxide AKA – Nitrous Oxide N20, Dinitrous Monoxide, Dinitrogen oxide also referred to as Nitrous or giggle gas (from its medical usage as an anaesthetic.

It was used in wartime to boost the engines in aircraft and later became a big hit in drag racing in the Pro Mod class. Not a flammable gas in itself it is injected into the intake manifold where it mixes with air & fuel.  The main benefit of Nitrous comes as it burns and becomes an oxidiser releasing more oxygen into the engine.… Read More...

Adding NoS nitrous oxide to boost power gains. Read More...

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