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Stage 1, Stage 2 or Stage 3? What are they all about and what tune should you opt for?

Whether it's from a racing game, magazine or the internet, we have all heard the term Stage for tuning your car. But what exactly does it mean? Is it all a marketing term or is there more to it?

Tuning companies offer services in Stages, but one thing to keep in mind is that there is no standardisation amongst them, which is essentially the confusing part.

Where and when did the term Stage become popularised? Well, believe it or not, it was thanks to the first Gran Turismo racing game, which allowed players to modify the performance of their cars in Stages. After that, manufacturers took the same approach. So, stage 1 being the first stage, is used to describe the first performance tune and parts usually done to a car. For example, an ECU tune, cold air intake and exhaust.

But what you get and the amount of power increase the tune gives you differs from tuner to tuner. So a Stage gives you a rough idea of what will be done to your car but it will never be precise.

Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, Donut Media, on What Exactly Is Race Tuning?

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