Is it possible, or even needed, to tune an electric car?

If there are any advantages to be had from electric cars, its the fact that they are cleaner, efficient and more importantly, faster than ever.

Petrolheads love going fast no matter what car it is and performance tuning is a big part of car cultures around the world, especially locally.

Electric tuning

With electric vehicles slowly making its presence felt across the world, the need for tuning goes out the window. This is because EV’s are already fast.

Most will be powered by two electric units placed on the front and rear axle to provide the necessary speed. One of these units can make up to 300kW, which is already faster than most performance cars. Combine the other unit and you have supercar performance.

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With that said, it makes absolutely no sense to make an already fast car even faster, but just how would you do it to an EV? Since battery-powered cars don’t use fuel or air to make energy, things like turbochargers and naturally aspirated tuning are made redundant. Electric tuning will have to be done by means of increasing or adjusting voltage, ampere or even battery size limits.

Not beneficial

Electric cars are designed to be highly efficient with a set configuration from the manufacturer. You’d either have to be an engineer that helped built the engine or really have no doubt that you know what you’re doing to even consider making adjustments.

The likes of the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model 3 are examples of already fast EV’s that need no extra work. Combustion engines are a different kettle of fish entirely and give a large amount of leeway for custom or aftermarket tinkering.

With all variables and factors considered, trying to tune an electric car is not required. You’d end up spending more money and you really would’t feel the enjoyment as much as you would in a normal performance car where gains are immediately noticeable. The car was made in a specific way and playing around with its blueprint will end up to your detriment.