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How Much Horsepower Is Enough?

Your first response should be, there’s no such thing!

OK, this is kind of a trick question. The answer depends on the kind of driving you do, what you expect out of your car, and how much reliability you want. People who race their car and enjoy spirited driving can never get enough horsepower, while many daily drivers are content with the power they already have. The further you go up the horsepower ladder, the less reliable – and probably less drivable – your car will become. That’s because it’ll become less a general-purpose transportation machine, and more something purpose-built for performance. But that’s another story.

Regardless, here at Rislone, we know every customer has unique power and performance goals. But if you want to realize those performance goals, your vehicle needs to run properly and you need the proper modifications and ongoing attention. So let’s jump in.

What Kind of Vehicle Are You Driving?

Deciding if you have enough power usually comes down to assessing the type of vehicle you have and what you like to do with it. Sports cars aren’t the only vehicles that need decent power. When you’re shuttling your family around, you want adequate power to accelerate when loaded down and merge into traffic on the highway, for example.

You may have a truck or SUV that you use for work or for hauling loads and want to make sure you have enough horsepower and performance to handle the weight properly. Or maybe you take your truck or Jeep off-roading on weekends where extra horsepower and torque can get you out of sticky situations. Having a bit of extra power when you hit the throttle to complete a pass safely or simply enjoy your vehicle is also a big plus for many drivers. (It sure is for us, anyway.)

In all these cases, take the time to test your vehicle out in a variety of situations. Assess your horsepower level when accelerating from stop, passing, pulling out of corners and when you’re alone in the vehicle versus when it’s loaded with passengers and other objects. This will help you determine if you have enough power or if you need to increase your horsepower.

Start with a Proven Engine + Oil Treatment

Before you make any major changes to create more power, consider trying some of our engine and vehicle treatment products. In particular, pay attention to our performance-centric Rislone Nano Prime Engine + Oil Additive. This is what fuels our Rislone RS700 Mustang GT, which was built for over 700 HP at the flywheel and over 500 lb/ft of torque. This formula is the most advanced additive we’ve ever created, and it’s fully synthetic for the most demanding enthusiasts out there.4700

This is where we tell everyone to start. After Nano Prime, we recommend using our Rislone Complete Fuel System Treatment every 3,000-5,000 miles to keep your fuel system working optimally and to combat fluctuations in gas quality (especially summer gas vs. winter gas).

Use our online locator to find a retailer you know that sells all of our products. You can also contact our team if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how our lineup can help you on your quest for power. Trust us, we’re a bunch of gearheads over here at Rislone HQ, so we know where you are coming from.

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