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Pour on the Power

by tommy kirchhoff

Here's the sitch. You live at altitude, and you drive a 1996 Honda Civic. The altitude is like cryptonite to your car's 1.6-liter engine; and hell, it probably couldn't fight its way out of a wet paper bag at sea level anyway. When you need to pass someone, you have to wait until the road's flat and there's nothing coming the other way except headwind and the horizon. When you climb Parley's Summit, your engine sounds like a blender on puree, but your little car won't break the 55-mph mark.

Power. It's what little boys dream about, and what grown men BS about. And while you sulk about the gutless wonder in your garage, there is a solution for it. It only costs money, so you decide: how fast do you want to go?

Competition Design in Salt Lake will take your car from "tail between its legs" to "MEAN MACHINE" in just a few weeks. Imagine your little Civic with a Supercharger from Jackson Racing, and high performance exhaust. Imagine passing people at 80 mph at 8000 feet, and feeling fearless to do so with heavy oncoming traffic. Think about how it would feel to put the pedal to the metal, and have your little Civic slam your skull back against the headrest.

Competition Design focuses on real performance modifications. For instance: they recently worked up a 1991 Honda CRX. Fresh from the factory, the 1.6-liter engine produced a whopping 96 horsepower (he, he). But after rebuilding the bottom end with low-compression pistons, bolting on a Greddy turbocharger, swapping out the factory fuel injectors for bigger ones, and piggy-backing an Apex Super AFC (Air Fuel Computer), the tiny Honda became the "Little Train That Kicked Some Ass." Now boasting 190 horsepower at the crankshaft, the CRX can run a standing quarter mile under 14 seconds, and probably climbs Parley's Summit like a cat in heat.

Competition Design employee Brandon Anderson professes, "The most inexpensive way to improve your engine's performance is to let it breathe freely." What he means is the resistance in your car's air intake and exhaust paths can be minimized to produce a significant power yield at a very reasonable cost.

And honestly folks, we're not suggesting a hoopty, five-inch diameter tailpipe hangin' out of the back of your car. Anderson has a thought on that, "Some kids might think a $30 exhaust tip might give them more horsepower, but really, it's just obnoxious. A coffee can welded onto the end of your exhaust pipe adds about as much horsepower as a windshield decal."

Competition Design is ready to turn your slug into a wormburner; or they can take your Mustang GT and turn that into real hell on wheels. If you want more power for your snowmobile, your boat, your airplane, or if you just want to turbocharge your weed wacker, give them a call at 801-484-9812. You can also check them out at