Maybe you have heard about performance chip tuning (also referred to as "chipping", “ecu tuning”, “car tunning” or “ecu
remapping”). This name is commonly used for increasing power and
torque in modern cars - especially popular in Volkswagen. A performance chip
is a program alteration that changes the engine parameters. One particular type of "green" chipping is fuel efficiency tuning - when the car tuner focuses on
increasing mileage and fuel economy. Performance chip popularity is growing in the Vancouver region and there are more than 10 garages and workshops that offer such chipping and fuel economy tuning upgrades. Is seems to be clever alternative for downsizing of engine and car to save fuel and money. Some will buy battery-powered or hybrids like Prius, but it is hard to imagine electric Porsche Cayenne or electric replacement to Audi R8 :)
The highest differences in torque and power can be achieved in European cars- BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche. Also popular are the Audi S4, Audi S5 and RS5 (and fabulous R8) with 4.2 FSI engine. Of course, the power gain will be clearly visible during dynamometer testing. Excellent results can be achieved with Audi 2.0 TFSI engine, also using external powebox called V-tech BlueBox (this option is perfect, when you want to switch power of your car with iPhone or Android phone).
It is critically important to measure
the performance of the car with a dynamometer (if you don't know what chassis dynamometer is, see here gallery with chassis dyno with cars at dyno). Dynos provide the unique opportunity to see the real results of chipping - increases in power and torque.
Many naturally aspirated cars, such as
the Ford Mustang and Focus, have smaller gains but higher mileage
after chipping. Upgrade, chipping and increasing fuel efficiency of Ford cars is still easy, but
dyno testing is necessary in order to see the smaller changes.
As dynamometers are quite expensive tools, they are rarely present in garages nowadays. You can read more about Audi, VW, BMW & Porsche chipping here.
Professional chiptuning is available in Vancouver. But, only few of the best performance tuners offer
dyno testing. One of them is Vancouver West Motors. Another famous one is Tunexperts in Port Coquitlam.
Jack "Dyno" Simmard
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