Chip Tuning / Chipping / Remapping / ECU Remap
Unlock your car’s true potential
What does Chip Tuning do? Chip Tuning reprograms the 'brain' of your car (the ECU) to deliver more power and torque whilst reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
What should I expect? Depending on the package, car and style of driving, you should expect the following: Increased Power, Increased Fuel Economy, Less Gear Changes, Smoother Driving, Lower Emissions, Safer Overtaking, Easier Hill Climbing.
Is a Chip Tune legal? Yes - there is nothing illegal about remapping an ECU on an engine. Similar to any modifications to your vehicle, you should inform your insurance company.
Why don’t the manufacturers do this? When a manufacturer develops a new car they have to take into consideration all of the conditions it may be subjected to in all of the regions in which they intend to sell this model. This means instead of just optimising the ECU's program or 'map' to deliver the best performance or the most fuel efficiency, they have to make compromises to the map to take into account these potential differing operating conditions. These could include sub-standard fuels, extremes in temperature and altitude, differing emission laws and even the possibility that the vehicle may not be serviced on a regular basis and in accordance with the manufacturers recommended instructions.
What do you actually modify in my vehicle? We do not change or alter anything mechanical in your vehicle. We just modify the operating parameters in the ECU's program. In many cases the map stored on the ECU's processor can be accessed via the on-board diagnostics port (OBD) in the vehicle, normally found under the dashboard. However, some cars manufactured after 2009 have limited this ability. The technician will then upload the original map to the Map Writing Team who will adjust the parameters to maximise the performance, fuel economy or a clever blend of both. Depending on the vehicle and ECU type the remapping process can take under an hour and if at any time you wish to return your vehicle's ECU to its original default settings, this can be done easily and free of charge as a backup copy of the original software is kept.