Quite simply, I want to begin tuning and modifying automotive engines for hobby. I have always been fascinated with cars, and I want to become knowledgeable in as many aspects of car tuning as possible. In particular, I want to learn the right way. How can I start this the right way? The "right way" being a more thorough approach than simply doing google searches until the end of time.
I know this is a vague question, so let me give some background. I am a technical person so I am able to (and do so for a living) read and understand technical documentation. I am the type of person who wants to understand how something works before I work on it. Many people jump into engine "tuning" before knowing a single thing! I know of people trying to install big injectors and turbos and they know nothing of the underlying principles. I don't want to be that guy. I know this is a long road, and many things are only learned through experience. Having said that I want to benefit from others' experiences.
By learning engine tuning, I want to be able to learn/know the following:
- Have intimate knowledge of all vital components of the modern internal combustion engine
How to properly understand and examine modern engine parameters (duty cycles, timing, temperatures, etc)
How to determine and create the proper fuel and timing maps for a modified engine
- How to determine when (and why) a current engine tune/map is insufficient/incorrect
Now, I also know that one answer is to study specific questions like these. However, I am hoping that someone will be able to share resources which help getting someone such as myself started on the proper track. I want to learn this as if I was starting into a career as a race mechanic. If possible please suggest text books which can help me get started.