Gas prices have been high for years, and it doesn’t look like they will be going down substantially any time soon. For most of us, it isn’t an option to just stop driving. So with that in mind, how do you maximize your muscle car gas mileage? We recommend taking some simple free steps, as well as upgrading your stock vehicle with performance parts that will give you improved gas mileage as well as make your car more fun to drive.
Here are some of the easiest ways to improve your gas mileage. First, inflate your tires to the proper pressure. If they aren’t inflated fully, fuel economy drops quickly. Second, buy good gas at the pump. Just because it is the same octane doesn’t mean it is the same. You get what you pay for. Third, coast to a stop at stop lights. Don’t go so fast you have to use a lot of brakes to stop in traffic. Lastly, if you have a manual transmission take the car out of gear going down hills. Keeper your RPM’s down will improve gas mileage. Fuel additives such as octane boosters are also highly recommended to help out with gas mileage and power.
Many of today’s engines are capable of significantly more power than they have when they are sold at the dealership. A computer chip essentially makes adjustments to the engine’s ECU which result in power increases. When you unleash this power, increased gas mileage is often a secondary result.
One of the simplest products you can install to get better gas mileage is a performance air filter or intake system. Everything your engines does requires energy. Even pulling air in requires energy. Anything you can do to make that easier for your engine will result in better fuel economy. High flow air filters are washable and re-useable, they help increase power and throttle response as well as helping you gain a few more miles from your fuel tank.
Just like your engine’s intake, an inefficiently designed factory exhaust system can rob your engine of power and fuel economy in a similar way. For example, try blowing through a tube the size of a Bic pen filler. Then try blowing the same amount of air through a soda straw. Which one required more energy? If your engine is always “forcing” the exhaust gases out, then it is wasting fuel to get the job done. By installing a larger diameter system with smooth mandrel bends, you will enjoy better gas mileage and additional power from your engine.