Considering a remap but not sure if it’s worth the money? You’re not alone. We receive many emails from potential customers regarding our remaps and if they are really all they are cracked up to be, so here are the Top 10 Reasons Why Remapping is Worth It, to help you decide whether or not to get it done.
Torque is the rotational or twisting force around an axis. It defines the ability of an engine to do work, and an increase in torque translates to greater acceleration. Torque in diesel and turbo-petrol cars often comes in at low revs and it is torque which gives you that shove in the back when you put your foot down. After a remap, torque on such cars should increase by 20-30% and on naturally aspirated cars by around 5%. More torque equals better acceleration and shorter in-gear times, which are essential for fast and safe overtaking.
Horsepower is the product of torque and another value, RPM divided by 5252. It is the measurement of how fast a car ultimately is and how far the force of the engine can push it. More horsepower = a higher top speed. In layman’s terms, horsepower is the rate at which the engine can reach its top speed. That’s why the fastest road cars in the world have over 1000bhp and the Bloodhound SSC 133,151bhp. For the everyday driver, more horsepower equals greater acceleration at higher RPM and safer overtaking.
If it isn’t so much the lack of power that bugs you about your car but the way it delivers its power, remapping should definitely be considered. Remapping will remove flat spots from the equation to give you access to your power at more RPM, resulting in a smoother drive.
With more torque produced at all RPM, you won’t have to use as much throttle to get up to and maintain a speed. So a vehicle’s engine doesn’t have to work as hard to shift its weight and by reducing load on the engine, you are effectively reducing the amount of fuel it needs to operate. This results in better fuel economy and our fleet customers have witnessed significant fuel savings as a result of this service. Of course if you drive with your foot down all of the time, then your fuel economy will obviously get worse. This is because you’ll be using all of the vehicle’s new found power and torque, and you will eat through more fuel.
Remapping is a safe upgrade when carried out by a professional, and we alone have hundreds of customers who have put over 50,000 remapped miles on their vehicles with no problem whatsoever, from 1.9 TDI vans to 2.7 litre Audi RS4 B5’s. It helps of course that the majority of our customers look after their cars, and should you do the same, then you can reasonably expect your car to have the longevity of a standard vehicle.
Nothing’s worse than being behind the wheel of a slow car. Not only is it boring, but it can be dangerous too. Remapping can squeeze 20-30% more power and torque from an engine which is a considerable amount and you’ll immediately feel this upgrade when you put your foot down. We’re confident that you’ll find yourself enjoying your vehicle a lot more, and all of our customers cite remapping as the best thing they ever bought for their car.
Compared to standalone exhaust upgrades, intercooler upgrades and air intake upgrades, remapping offers HUGE power gains. With a new exhaust, intercooler and air intake you would be lucky to scrape an extra 35bhp from a 2015 Golf GTI at a cost of over £2,000, while with a remap you’d get a minimum 50bhp and 50 lb/ft. increase in performance for over 60 percent less, all on the car’s original components. Stage 1 tuning therefore is the best pound-for-pound performance upgrade on the market – and if you want more power, you can always add those other upgrades in the future to create a stage 2 vehicle.
If you tow a trailer, a caravan, a mobile home or the like, unlocking more torque with a remap will benefit the tow vehicle dramatically. With more torque you’ll be able to tow a lot more weight without putting too much strain on the engine and drivetrain.
Vans, Lorries, tractors and quad bikes and agricultural equipment such as mowers and cultivators can all be remapped or chip tuned for greater power and torque. We remap a wide variety of vehicles for economy and performance to improve driveability and work rate, especially diesel tractors and mowers which benefit greatly from 20% more torque.
On modern vehicles, remapping is achieved through the OBD port. We connect a cable to the OBD port which creates a direct connection between our computers and the vehicle’s ECU, allowing us to read and write the software on it. The remapping process usually takes around an hour, and with us it’s performed at the roadside as a mobile service. On older vehicles and some agricultural equipment, ‘chipping’ is required. Chip tuning involves the physical removal of the program chip from the ECU for it to be reprogrammed or replaced. Again, this is performed at the roadside by ourselves in a process that takes around an hour and we store your original file on our hardware should you need it in the future.
So there we have it – 10 reasons why remapping is worth it. If you have any more questions about remapping – perhaps you’d like to know more about how it works – then check out our ECU remapping page, or contact us for a quote on 0800 458 1543.