Now I know this is a little off topic for a Motorcycle forum, but I know a lot of our members are also car/van drivers, and felt that this would be a good discussion point.
Well, the topic of this Blog post has come about due to me having my car remapped around a week ago.
For those of you that don’t know what a ‘remap’ is, it’s basically what used to be referred to as ‘chipping’, and if you’re still clueless, then think of it along the lines of squeezing that last bit of toothpase out of the tube!
Nowadays a computer is plugged into your ECU (vehicle computer) and the data which tells your car to do everything is fiddled with – so to speak – to get more power, more torque, and improved fuel consumption.
This can sound quite daunting, and it was to me when I first started looking into it, and it certainly can be quite catastrophic if it was to be attempted by the wrong hands.
My remap took about two hours to complete, and cost a little over £200.
This is for a bespoke remap, rather than the ‘one size fits all’ remaps that you may get from some installers or from the infamous DIY kits from eBay.
The proposed benefits of the remap for my particular vehicle are; +25bhp, +30nM torque, and ‘upto’ 20% increase in fuel economy.
Now I have used the term ‘upto’ very loosely above, as this depends on so many variables, such as driving style, fuel quality, engine condition etc.
So my car has now been remapped for about a week, and what can I say, I am absolutely astonished!
It now pulls like it’s run on rocket fuel (compared to what it used to, anyway), it is so much smoother, more responsive, and an absolute pleasure to drive. As for fuel economy, before taking my car in, I was running at about 58.8mpg – which was bloody good anyway.
I have tried to not alter my driving style from before, but I cant help putting the foot down a bit on the up-hills and slip roads. Even so, my car is now running at 70.5mpg!
I find it amazing that my car didn’t come out of the factory like this.
I’ve worked out that (and I hope that I have worked this out correctly) with my mileage at the moment, and with this MPG, I will be saving about £23 per month on my fuel bill – so within 10 months the remap will have paid for itself.
I’m also so much happier with my car now, and am no longer looking to trade it in – saving me about £8,000!
I believe that it is only turbo’d vehicles that can really have this work done to them, and see this type of an improvement anyway.
I’d like to say a big thanks to the team @ Motorsport Developments in Blackpool for carrying out the work. They are a great team, with an amazing knowledge, and I’d urge you to give them a call to see what they can do if you are thinking that this may be for you. They answered all of my questions and quashed all of the ‘hearsay’ surrounding remaps.
As always, discussion is open on the Forum HERE