As our existing customers know, we don’t traditionally combine rolling roads with our tuning services. This is because our service is mobile – in other words, we travel to our customer’s home or place of work to remap their car. Now rolling roads are big – so we obviously can’t fit a rolling road into our Volkswagen Transporter. Instead, we offer our customers a smart estimate of what performance gains they will get from our remaps, and our estimates are based on what our ourselves and our customers have experienced after visiting a rolling road with a Hyperchips tune installed. So, there is truth to what our estimated gains are.

Rolling roads – are they essential?

But there are plenty of tuning companies out there that combine rolling roads with their tuning services – usually for a little extra money. But are rolling roads essential? Obviously, we’re biased – we don’t offer them as part of our mobile service, so it’d be easy for us to tell you that they’re not essential in any shape, way or form. However the truth is that rolling roads are a brilliant way to measure the power of a vehicle and see first-hand the before and after performance figures. But, they are not essential with ‘off-the-shelf’ remaps as this software is developed with rolling roads in the first place. Instead, rolling roads are essential with bespoke remaps – those that are created from scratch for your vehicle.

So there is no need to worry about rolling roads, unless you are getting software created from scratch for your vehicle – in this instance, the tuning company will use a rolling road to best simulate real-world driving. These machines can’t match real-world driving perfectly, but they do a pretty good job, and as long as they are set up properly they are accurate too.

It is also important to consider that the data rolling roads provide – peak power and torque figures – aren’t any indication of how a vehicle will perform on the road. They can’t tell you how efficient, smooth or linear power is going to be delivered and the data cannot be interpreted as such – not even by experts. The best way to get a feel for how a vehicle will perform on the road after it has been tuned is to get it on the road and drive it. That’s why even with bespoke remaps, tuning companies will only use a rolling road for data creation – they will assess the true success of a remap on the tarmac.

The bottom line about rolling roads

And so, rolling roads are not an essential element of remapping for our customers – but they are an essential element of tuning software development and they are also essential for the creation of bespoke tuning software. The bottom line is the true results of a remap are how they affect the performance of a vehicle out on the road, not on a spreadsheet.

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