Unlocking Your Car's Speed: The Truth About Speed Limiters

by AutoExpert   |  22 April, 2024

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So, you think your daily driver can hit 200mph? Dream on! Turns out, there's a sneaky little thing called a speed limiter that keeps us reasonable (and out of jail...). Here's how it ruins our fun:

  • The Computer is in Control: Forget old-school cables. Now it's sensors and the engine computer calling the shots. Hit that magic number, and it chokes off fuel, air, the works.

Speed Limiters

  • What's Your Car Got? Vans? Don't expect much past 110mph. Fancy sports car? Those go higher, depending on how much $$$ you spent.

  • It's NOT Just About Tickets:

    • Safety Ain't Sexy: Most of us suck at driving that fast. Plus, imagine a blowout at 150mph... yikes.
    • Your Engine Will Hate You: Max speed = short lifespan. That repair bill ain't worth a few seconds of glory.
    • Tires Matter! Those sidewall letters? They tell you the tire's safe limit. Cheap tires + high speeds = disaster.

Speed Limiters

But What If I WANNA Go Fast?

Hacking the limiter is possible, but it gets complicated:

  • Fancy Cars Are Cheaters: Some, like the Nissan GT-R, know when they're at the track and let you have more fun.
  • Chips & Reprogramming: This is where you void your warranty. Shops can tweak engine settings – including the limiter – but it's risky.
  • DIY If You Dare: Old-school cars sometimes let you trick the system by messing with sensors. But seriously, don't do this unless you know what you're doing.

Speed Limiters

Our Advice?

Unless you've got a track day planned, those top speeds mean nothing. Better to invest in handling upgrades and actually enjoy those twisty roads!

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