Tuning Your Car

Tuning Your Car Responsibly

Do not let just anyone try their hand at tuning your car.  In years gone by, the moderately knowledgeable mechanic could fiddle with your carburettor settings, jets, emulsion tubes and the like to extract a few extra horsepower and, sometimes, a dangerous knock or detonation problem would rear its head at low revolutions to warn if you had taken things too far with the valve timing or mixture strength.  However, today, there are so many more things you can do when tuning your car, what with electronic engine management systems ruling the roost.

Remember that tuning your car is not so simple today and you would require the services of a professional outfit if you are to successfully manipulate the electronics to achieve the desired effect.  It is all too easy to do damage and some of the highly-strung, high-revving engines of today may develop a high-revolution knock when an incompetent mechanic is tuning your car.  The problem is that a high-revolution knock can hardly be heard and if it is not readily detectable on the dynamometer, it may go unnoticed and wreck your engine.

A top quality aftermarket performance piggyback computer is constantly tuning your car while you are driving, adjusting the settings to suit the circumstances.  The experts can sell you a chip with various mappings so each mapping can achieve a different purpose.  For full-throttle, high-speed running, a very aggressive map would typically be used, optimising modern engines' fuelling regime as well as manipulating the variable valve timing mechanism and variable inlet manifold to achieve the best power possible, at the expense of economy.  However, should you slow down and drive moderately, the light-throttle mapping will maximise economy.

Always talk to the market leaders when you are considering tuning your car.  When done correctly, you may be delighted with the result.  For more information, contact us.


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