In this increasingly digital age the computer chip is king. For those of you who’ve read our previous posts on the various functions of the ECU, you’ll know the important role it plays in the operation of the modern motor vehicle. From controlling ABS, to turbo boosters and central locking, the ECU is the heart of your vehicle. Interestingly, this can also be tuned or reprogrammed to improve various functions of the vehicle and its performance.
Here we take a look at some of the main improvements that ECU tuning can make to your vehicle.
Improved fuel efficiency
Because the ECU chip is situated in the injection system and controls the levels of fuel and air that mix, it can easily be reprogrammed to change this ratio, thus changing the performance of the car. One benefit of this can be improved fuel efficiency.
If the power and torque increases associated with re-tuning are in place, then this can lead to a change in driving style: for example, spending less time in lower gears and needing to accelerate for less time. With more power, the temptation is for drivers to drive the car for fun, not economy, so those gains can easily be lost!
Speed and performance
The main benefit comes in the form of increased power. When the default software on the ECU is changed, the fuel mapping can be changed to increase speed boost. When the factory turbo is increased – i.e. the amount of air in the cylinder is increased – more fuel can be added and burned, resulting in more power.
At Autotronics, all our ECU tuning solutions strictly complies with the factory safety margins specified by the manufacturers, so you can be certain that our remapping won’t affect the rest of components of your car: cylinders, brakes, suspension system, etc.
Ultimately, remapping the engine of your car can save you money. After the initial cost of the procedure, the increased fuel efficiency and changes to the way you drive should result in a lower fuel bill. This is especially important if we take into account the current fuel prices, whether your car uses petrol or diesel.
At Autotronics, we can offer you customised ECU tuning alternatives to achieve any of the above improvements, or a combination of them. So, don’t hesitate to contact our experts to discuss about your specific needs; they will surely give you the best technical advise and professional guidance.