Need for Speed Car Performance Tips and Tuning Guide – Understanding Car Parts, How to Unlock

By   /   Nov 3, 2015

Need for Speed car performance and tuning guide to help you fine-tune your ride for the toughest of challenges.

Need for Speed Car Performance Tips and Tuning

After new parts installation, you’ll be able to fine-tune each and every component of your ride. You can leave everything as default and let the game choose the optimal settings.

This guide details tuning and car performance customization to help you adjust the driving experience the way you require.

Car Tuning

Tire Pressure
You can adjust the front and rear tire pressure separately. For drifting, you need more pressure in the front tires and for strong grip; you need more pressure in the rear tires.

Steer Response
You can either set the steer response fast or slow. A fast steer response will render your ride more reactive while a slow steer response will render it sturdier.

Steer Range
You can choose between a narrow steer range and a wide steer range. A wide steer range will render your ride more reactive and will let you maintain longer drifts while a narrow range will let you have more control of your ride.

Braking Drift Assist
You can toggle this option on or off — with the on option increasing the chances of a braking drift and vice versa.

Drift Stability Assist
Aspiring drift kings who wish to have more control of their rides while drifting should disable the option and undergo a true test of their drifting skills.

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Launch Control
You can toggle the option on or off depending on the race type. The option essentially reduces the wheel spin and should be turned off only for drift races.

Differential
You can either open up your ride’s differential or lock it down. A locked differential will let you pull off longer drifts by increasing wheel spin. The option, however, shouldn’t be locked for plain races.

Downforce
The option is tied to the spoiler on your ride. The more the downforce, the more stable your ride will be at high speeds. In case you prefer drifting over stability, decrease its value.

Brake Strength
You can increase the brake strength to encourage drifting and stop wheels as soon as you hit the pedal or decrease it to acquire more stability and avoid sudden drifts.

Brake Bias
Brake Bias is directly linked to the weight transfer of your ride. You can push it towards the forward of your ride to encourage drifting or push it towards rear to acquire more stability.

Tire Traction
The option essentially varies from one tire type to another. You can change it from neutral or less traction on drift tires and neutral to increased stability on grip tires.

Handbrake Strength
You can go with a strong handbrake in order to trigger a drift easily and increase wheel spin. A weak handbrake, on the other hand, will increase your ride’s stability.

Spring Stiffness
You can alter the option as either stiff or soft — with the former one being suitable for increased stability and former one for drift.

Sway Bars
The option is tied to the amount of body roll your ride will produce. You can change it to stiff for increased wheel spin and drifts or to soft for better stability and handling.

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Nitrous
You can adjust the nitrous on your ride to be more powerful or last for a longer duration. You should probably adjust it according to the races you wish to participate in.

Car Performance Customization Tips

Need for Speed reboot offers deep customization with plenty of components to choose from — and the section details them all. The upgrade components, however, require a specific racer level and cash to be purchased:

Key: Performance Part – Price – Requirement

Air Filter
The only thing regarding the air filter that you need to know is to upgrade at the very end as it doesn’t provide your ride with a significant boost.

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Drop in Filter — 370 — Default
  • Short Ram Air Intake — 920 — Rep Level 2
  • Cold Air Intake — 1,750 — Rep Level 24

Cooling System
This component keeps your engine cool during long driving sessions:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Intercooler w/h 26×6 — 560 — Default
  • Intercooler w/h 31×8 — 1,380 — Rep Level 17
  • Intercooler w/h 31×10 — 2,630 — Rep Level 31
  • Intercooler w/h 34×10 — 4,500 — Rep Level 43

Intake Manifold
The purpose of the component is to send air into each of the intake ports of your ride’s engine:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Aftermarket Edition — 320 — Via Amy’s Missions
  • Large Throttle Body — 1,520 — Via Amy’s Missions
  • X-Large Throttle Body — 3,350 — Via Amy’s Missions

Fuel System
The component works similar to Intake Manifold and sends fuel into the intake ports:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Aftermarket Fuel Pump — 1,130 — Default
  • High Performance Fuel Injectors — 2,750 — Rep Level 9
  • Fuel Rail Kit — 5,250 — Rep Level 19
  • Standalone Fuel System — 9,000 — Rep Level 48

Forced Induction
This basically sends in more air into the cylinders which eventually provides more speed and acceleration:

  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC1-A-Tuner — Default
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC2-A-Pro — Rep Level 10
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC2-B-PRO — Rep Level 10
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC2-C-PRO — Rep Level 10
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC3-A-HYBRID — Rep Level 25
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC3-B-HYBRID — Rep Level 25
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC3-C-HYBRID — Rep Level 25
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC3-D-HYBRID — Rep Level 25
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC3-E-HYBRID — Rep Level 25
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC4-A-RACE — Rep Level 40
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC4-B-RACE — Rep Level 40
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC4-C-RACE — Rep Level 40
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC4-D-RACE — Rep Level 40
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC4-E-RACE — Rep Level 40
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC4-F-RACE — Rep Level 40
  • Turbocharger: EliteTune-TC4-G-RACE — Rep Level 40
  • Supercharger: EliteTune-SC-V1-TUNER — Default
  • Supercharger: EliteTune-SC-V2-PRO — Rep Level 10
  • Supercharger: EliteTune-SC-V3-HYBRID — Rep Level 25
  • Supercharger: EliteTune-SC-V4-RACE — Rep Level 40

Electric System
The component ignites the mixture of fuel and air in the cylinders and generates more power for your ride:

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  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Aftermarket Wiring — 1,580 — Default
  • Wire Tuck — 3,850 — Rep Level 41

Ignition
This is pretty self-explanatory as it provides the spark to start your ride:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Multi-Spark Ignition System — 250 — Via Amy’s Missions
  • Multi-Spark High Performance Ignition — 830 — Via Amy’s Missions
  • Multi-Spark Race Ignition — 2,000 — Via Amy’s Missions

ECU
The component basically deals with ignition timing and various other functions:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • ECU Flash — 900 — Default
  • Plug ‘n Play ECU — 2,200 — Rep Level 29
  • Standalone ECU — 4,200 — Rep Level 46

Engine Block
This is the main component of your engine which grants power to your ride:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Elite Tuning Hooned Block v.1 — 1,290 — Default
  • Elite Tuning Ported Block v.2 — 3,140 — Rep Level 6
  • Elite Tuning Sleeved Block v.3 — 6,000 — Rep Level 20
  • Elite Tuning Ported and Sleeved Block v.4 — 10,290 — Rep Level 30
  • Elite Tuning Ready Built Block v.5 — 16,430 — Rep Level 38
  • Elite Tuning Elite Prepped Block v.6 — 24,850 — Rep Level 45
  • Elite Tuning Race Prepped Block v.7 — 36,000 — Rep Level 50

Cam Shaft
The cam shaft is located inside the engine and deals with opening and closing of cylinders:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Aftermarket Camshaft Elite.5 240int/211exh — 720 — Default
  • Aftermarket Camshaft Elite 4 243int/283exh — 1,760 — Rep Level 4
  • Aftermarket Camshaft Elite.3 263int/310exh — 3,360 — Rep Level 11
  • Aftermarket Camshaft Elite.2 308int/277exh — 5,760 — Rep Level 34
  • Aftermarket Camshaft Elite.1 312int/283exh — 9,200 — Rep Level 42

Cylinder Heads
The purpose of the component is to close the top of cylinders and create a combustion chamber:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Polished Cylinder Heads — 1,000 — Via Amy’s Missions
  • Hooned Cylinder Heads — 2,670 — Via Amy’s Missions
  • Ported Cylinder Heads — 5,500 — Via Amy’s Missions

Exhaust Manifold
The component basically deals with pushing the exhaust produced by combustion towards the exhaust system:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • EL Manifold — 960 — Default
  • UEL Manifold — 2,580 — Via Amy’s Missions
  • Race Manifold — 5,330 — Via Amy’s Missions
  • Titanium Manifold — 9,700 — Via Amy’s Missions

Exhaust System
This component carries the exhaust from combustion out of the engine:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Catted Race Exhaust — 900 — Default
  • Decatted Race Exhaust — 2,200 — Rep Level 15
  • Decatted Non Resonated Exhaust — 4,200 — Rep Level 35
  • Full Race Exhaust — 7,200 — Rep Level 44

Clutch
Although you don’t have any direct control over your ride’s clutch, the clutch with a short change time increases performance:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Clutch w/ 0.4s Gear Change Time — 865 — Default
  • Clutch w/ 0.3s Gear Change Time — 1,080 — Default
  • Clutch w/ 0.2s Gear Change Time — 1,835 — Rep Level 26
  • Clutch w/ 0.1s Gear Change Time — 2,590 — Rep Level 37
  • Clutch w/ 0.05s Gear Change Time — 3,350 — Rep Level 49

Nitrous System
This is pretty self-explanatory! The N2O-filled cylinders grant your ride a boost of extra acceleration and speed:

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  • Time Refill Nitrous 5lb Capacity — 2,125 — Default
  • Action Nitrous 5lb Capacity — 2,125 — Default
  • Action Nitrous 10lb Capacity — 4,750 — Rep Level 5
  • Time Refill Nitrous 10lb Capacity — 4,750 — Rep Level 5
  • Time Refill Nitrous 15lb Capacity — 7,500 — Rep Level 36
  • Action Nitrous 15lb Capacity — 4,500 — Rep Level 36

Suspension
Suspension basically lets you have more control of your ride while it’s on the road and lets you alter your driving experience:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Semi Adjustable Suspension — 515 — Via Amy’s Missions
  • Adjustable Suspension — 1,120 — Via Amy’s Missions
  • Fully Adjustable Suspension — 1,560 — Via Amy’s Missions

Differential
This component essentially changes the pace at which your ride’s wheels spin so as to avoid skidding:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Semi Adjustable Differential — 520 — Default
  • Adjustable Differential — 1,250 — Rep Level 13
  • Fully Adjustable Differential — 2,160 — Rep Level 23

Tires
Depending upon the type of wheel on your ride, you can either go with drift or more stability:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • E/T-G1-BLNCD-GRP — 120 — Default
  • E/T-D1-BLNCD-DRFT — 120 — Default
  • E/T-D2-MID-DRFT — 215 — Rep Level 3
  • E/T-G2-MID-GRP — 215 — Rep Level 3
  • E/T-D3-PLUS-DRFT — 330 — Rep Level 14
  • E/T-G3-PLUS-GRP — 330 — Rep Level 14
  • E/T-G4-XCESS-GRP — 455 — Rep Level 22
  • E/T-D4-XCESS-DRFT — 455 — Rep Level 22
  • E/T-D5-XTREME-DRFT — 570 — Rep Level 33
  • E/T-G5-XTREME-GRP — 570 — Rep Level 33

Brakes

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Semi Adjustable Brakes — 560 — Default
  • Fully Adjustable Brakes — 1,985 — Rep Level 21

Handbrake

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Semi Adjustable Handbrake — 540 — Rep Level 8
  • Fully Adjustable Handbrake — 1,135 — Rep Level 18

Sway Bars
Sway Bars basically control the amount of body roll produced by your ride:

  • Stock — 0 — Default
  • Semi Adjustable Sway Bars — 530 — Rep Level 7
  • Adjustable Sway Bars — 1,140 — Rep Level 28
  • Fully Adjustable Sway Bars — 1,570 — Rep Level 47

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