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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS ECU TUNING/REMAPPING?

 

ECU Tuning/Remapping as it’s known, enables engineers to tune all aspects of your vehicles performance and engine management without getting their hands dirty. You can expect to get an instant increase in overall performance by up to 40% (depending on the make and model of your vehicle). ECU Tuning strives to achieve best gains in torque, performance and fuel economy.

WILL I NOTICE A DIFFERENCE?

 

You will definitely notice a difference straight away! We go on a test drive with you, after the remap to ensure you’re happy with the results.

WILL I USE MORE FUEL?

 

Because we are actually fine tuning your vehicle, everything should improve. This means that a remap to produce more power and torque should also provide slightly better fuel economy.

DO I NEED TO SERVICE THE CAR MORE OFTEN?

 

Servicing your vehicle should be done as and when the manufacturer recommends. If we have provided you with a performance tune, we would usually recommend that a customer gives their car an additional oil change between services and also checks their air filter etc.

WILL MY VEHICLE STILL PASS ITS M.O.T AND EMMISIONS?

 

Yes, your vehicle is being ‘fine-tuned’. Although your fuel consumption may go up or down depending on the type of tuning you opted for, it will be burning the fuel more efficiently due to being finely tuned.

WHY CAN WE DO A BETTER JOB THAN THE MANUFACTURER?

 

The manufacturer can do what we do, but the manufacturer has many reasons for not providing you with optimum performance and economy when you buy the car;

Marketing: Manufacturers often use the exactly the same engine in a range of cars – even different makes – and need to adjust performance according to the position they want the car to take in the product range. If all models had the same power, the premium models wouldn’t sell so well and justify the extra price.

Mass Markets: Fuel quality varies from country to country, and manufacturers tune the engine to a standard that can handle poor quality fuels rather than taking into account that some countries, such as the UK, have top quality fuels. They also tune to allow for poor quality oils and poor maintenance programs.

Future 'Upgrades': The engine is sometimes held back in new cars so that mid-life face lift models can be given more power a year or two after they are first introduced.

Government Testing: The strict and artificial testing conditions for fuel consumption figures by European Governments means that manufacturers tune an engine to optimize fuel consumption for the test, but in real-world conditions, their tuning robs the car of power, introduces flat spots and actually degrades fuel consumption. A remap ‘repairs’ these weaknesses in the manufacturers tuning to restore proper power, eliminate flat spots and improve fuel consumption in real-world conditions.

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