WILL SUPERCHIP YOUR NORMALLY ASPIRATED, TURBO PETROL CAR AND TURBO
Performance matters! Despite our crowded roads, modern cars are
very much safer than their predecessors, due to advances in handing
and braking performance, and the introduction of passive safety
aids, such as seat belt and air bag systems. Accident avoidance
is every bit as important as ensuring survival in the event of the
unthinkable, and engine performance has its part to play in that.
LPG conversions have had a bad press recently, with stories of
poor quality components and workmanship, and the economy minded
driver has had cause to consider diesel power as a suitable alternative
to petrol fuelled cars.
Most manufacturers use turbo charged diesels to ensure parity
with their petrol cousins, and recent advances have brought big
improvements in performance and economy, with some relatively small
engines delivering up to 150 horse power and up to 45 mpg.
The latest developments include electronic management of fuelling
and boost to extract the maximum potential, and of course the after
market suppliers have been quick to capitalise on the possibilities.
The systems rely on EPROM (memory) chips to store information in
the car’s computer, and these can be accessed to deliver an
advantage to the performance minded driver. Superchipping is a process
where the original chip files can be altered remotely to change
engine characteristics. Manufacturers use the same process to install
their own version of events, and suitably equipped Superchip outlets
can enhance power and torque by altering the fuel and turbo boost
maps. Due to cost and marketing requirements, a range of cars may
be supplied by the different manufacturers delivering varying power
outputs, all based on the same engine design, and the modified Superchips
can close the gap between the models, and add up to a real saving
on the cost of upgrading the whole car. As an example, a car engine
producing 110 bhp can be upgraded to 130 bhp by a simple chip change,
making for safer overtaking, and a much more relaxing and responsive
drive. Often this is accomplished by a plug in laptop pc, creating
a non invasive, undetectable, and very efficient way to improve
Welcome to the 21st century!
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