MORE THAN JUST MAXIMUM SAFE POWER
Unichip is a piggyback system THAT CAN BE INSTALLED ON ANY VEHICLE WITH AN ECU
What this means is that the Unichip does not permanently change or reprogram the inputs from your vehicle’s electronic control unit (ECU).
The system simply intercepts the signals, changes them as required and sends them to the various engine components.
Better Fuel Economy
In light of our ever-increasing fuel prices, achieving better fuel economy has become a priority for most people, but they do not always know how to do it. Short of the oft-preached mantra of driving more slowly, what else can one do to improve the fuel economy of one’s vehicle, if at all?
Reprogramming the vehicle’s Electronic Control Unit can be dangerous and you may lose the ability to revert to the standard settings if something goes wrong. If you have opted for a Unichip Easy Connect, you can plug it in and remove it as you wish, such as when you take your vehicle for a service or replace your vehicle.
MAX SAFE POWER
Many performance chips simply increase the fuel pressure, boost and throttle input. The feeling of power is great, but there is nothing that monitors engine temperature, changes inputs for different driving needs, measures over-fuelling and the fuel-air mixture or the many other elements that are required to deliver safe power.
TOWING & 4X4
Getting the most power from your engine does not always help when you are driving in a technical off-road section where good throttle response is more important than pure engine power.
For these conditions, you can select an off road setting on your Unichip, that gives you more low-down power at low engine speeds. This is also an ideal setting if you are towing a large caravan or boat, or towing someone who does not have the power of a Unichip out of the mud or water.
Select and lock the vehicle in this setting when you park somewhere and are worried about the safety of the vehicle. In this mode the engine is rendered completely powerless and it will not deliver any power to the wheels. Your engine will merely turn, but nothing will happen.
ROAD SPEED LIMITING
Road-speed signals are normally digital signals generated by the speed sensor in the transmission. It can also be inductive signals, or sometimes the ABS system will send road-speed information over the CAN bus to the ECU. The ECU uses the speed signal to calculate road speed and automatic transmission shift points. You can use the Unichip to manipulate the road-speed signal in order to remove road-speed limiter.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a UNICHIP?
The Unichip is a full reprogrammable performance enhancing chip that is powerful enough to read and manipulate all the signals sent by the engine’s electronic control unit.
This means that a professional vehicle performance specialist can extract the best performance from your engine in the safest and most reliable way.
Many modern performance chips simply change one or two signals, such as the fuel pressure and throttle response. These signals are changed permanently, which means your vehicle has increased fuel pressure and a more sensitive throttle at all times, regardless of whether it is driving off road, towing a caravan or trailer, driving at very high speeds or driving on a cold winter’s morning.
With a Unichip, the vehicle engineer maps all engine inputs in three dimensions. Put simply, the Unichip will control power delivery using many different engine signals and with consideration of many different environmental factors.
What this means is that, unlike other performance chips, the Unichip will consider engine temperature, usage patterns, fuel mixture, exhaust temperature, speed, driver intention and a myriad of other inputs to give you the best power in the moment.
Read more about the different pre-programmed maps here.
THE FEATURES AND CAPABILITIES OF THE ALL NEW UNICHIP X
Manipulate Pressure Signals | High RPM safety factor | Optimize Injection timing | Full3D mapping against load, RPM and modifiers | Full 3D boost control | Usable on all modern diesel and petrol vehicles | Max amount of signals read and/or manipulated | User selected map set | Internal map switch on OE button | Direct injector control | Firmware upgradeable and transferable in between vehicles | Automatic Gearbox shift manipulation | Drive by Wire Throttle response control | Full 3D Real-time tuning | Water temperature safety control | Close loop exhaust gas temperature control | First and original piggyback computer in the world | Proudly made and manufactured in South Africa | Road speed limiting for safety | Road speed limiting removal on most vehicles | Three years product warranty | Torque limiting for safety | Market leader for almost three decades | CAN – Bus monitoring of engine temperature and Pressure | Easy Connect option available for fast Unichip transfer to your new vehicle.
What is a Unichip Easy Connect & Plug 'n Play
A Unichip Easy Connect and Plug ‘n Play is a specialised wiring loom that is manufactured by Dastek.
Normally, a performance engineer would wire the Unichip directly into your vehicle’s wiring system. This can take a while to do and cannot be removed easily.
With a Unichip Easy Connect & Powerplug, the Unichip is wired into a custom-designed wiring loom than is separate from the vehicle’s own wiring system. This loom is fitted with the same plugs as your vehicle’s electronic plugs, which means that you can simply plug it into your own vehicle’s wiring system when fitting it and you can remove it at any time.
The fitment of a Unichip with a Unichip Easy Connect or Powerplug is easy, reliable, fast and you can remove it at any time when you want to service or replace your vehicle.
How much power gain can I EXPECT?
The power increase from your Unichip will vary, based on the vehicles state of tune (how well it is tuned from the factory or how much wear and tear has taking its toll), type of engine and prevailing conditions and fuel in your country.
In some instances, we see peak power only increase by a few percentage points on normally aspirated engines, but low down power and responsiveness improves hugely. With turbo-charged vehicles (petrol and diesel) we see the Unichip on average safely and effectively extract between 10-15 % more power from your vehicle. Safely optimally tuned, no empty promises.
DO I HAVE TO PURCHASE A UNICHIP AND EASY CONNECT SEPARATELY?
Dastek manufactures pre-fitted Unichip Easy Connect systems that are already fitted with a Unichip.
You are however free to purchase the Unichip and Unichip Easy Connect independently from each other, which simply means that your performance specialist will have to wire the Unichip into the Unichip Easy Connect loom before fitting it to your vehicle.
WILL THE UNICHIP DAMAGE MY VEHICLE?
No wires on your vehicle are cut or damaged when you fit a Unichip Easy Connect System to your vehicle.
Will the Unichip effect my vehicles warranty?
Despite the safety of a Unichip and the fact that you are not cutting any wires in the vehicle’s wiring loom, it is not approved by vehicle manufacturers and may affect your vehicle’s warranty. In spite of this fact, the Unichip Easy Connect system is easy to remove and reinstall by simply reconnecting it to your vehicle.
How does the Unichip work and on which vehicles?
Unichip is a piggyback system THAT CAN BE INSTALLED ON ANY VEHICLE WITH AN ECU, which means that it does not permanently change or reprogram the inputs from your vehicle’s electronic control unit (ECU). The system simply intercepts the signals, changes them as required and sends them to the various engine components.
If your Unichip has been fitted directly onto the vehicle, it is permanently fixed to the wiring harness. If you have opted for a Unichip Easy Connect, you can plug it in and remove it as you wish, such as when you take your vehicle for a service or replace your vehicle.
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOSE THE UNICHIP?
There are many reasons why you would opt for a Unichip and Unichip Easy Connect. Most importantly, the Unichip is a fully reprogrammable computer that takes virtually every engine signal into consideration.
Many performance chips simply increase the fuel pressure, boost and throttle input. The feeling of power is great, but there is nothing that monitors the engine temperature, changes inputs for different driving needs, measures over-fuelling and the fuel-air mixture or the many other elements that are required to deliver safe power.
In contrast, a Unichip considers everything that happens in your vehicles engine while you are driving. Unichip allows the performance upgrade specialist to safely and reliably get more power from your engine.
Put simply, a Unichip will behave differently when you drive with a cold engine than when you are cruising on the highway. It will also manage fuel pressure under load and with no load differently, to prevent over-fuelling and overheating.
You can also add different performance maps onto one Unichip (depending on the model). Many new Unichip systems offer a standard map, safety map (that cuts all power), a high-performance map and, on some vehicles, a technical off road map.
Ask your local performance specialist of more benefits of the Unichip and Unichip Easy Connect system.
how long does it take to fit a Unichip?
Please note that the high-performance fitment centres may require your vehicle to be tested on the dynamometer for optimal performance and this may require a short wait depending on your chosen dealership.
Why should I choose a Unichip over reprogramming my vehicles ECU
ECU reprogramming also requires a great deal of time and in a similar fashion to the simple performance chips on competitor vehicles, this form of performance enhancement does not always consider other high-risk factors, such as vehicle temperature and fuel mixture, or allow for different settings for different uses.
WE ARE OPEN
The current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for all of us. The health, safety and security of our customers, staff, partners, and the communities in which we operate, is our top priority. DASTEK has received the required special permits allowing us to do emergency motor repairs to ESSENTIAL vehicles during the lockdown, including fleet and mining vehicle safety and limiting systems. From 1 May 2020, we will also be allowed to do emergency motor repairs to ALL vehicles under level 4.
Have a different Question?
We don’t make any claims with the Unichip about how much better any car will be after fitting it. We let the results speak for themselves. Because no two cars are identical it is impossible to predict just how far from perfect the vehicle will be before fitting the Unichip.
Some cars are closer than others and therefore the results will vary. On some cars you may get better fuel consumption but maybe not much more power. On others the increase in power might be good but the fuel consumption might remain the same.
Some might get a lot of improvement in drivability. In most cases you should be able to improve all of the above. It all depends on how close to perfect the car’s existing map is for that particular vehicle.
We do not make empty promises.
Our current success rate is 399 out of 400, we know of no other product with this success rate on the market.
In the past two decades 80% of all South African production car championships were won by cars using Unichip technology. In 1997 the first-class F car to use Unichip technology dominated the field by so far that it was deemed an “unfair advantage” and immediately banned in this rookie class! Up until we were banned from the Economy Run, more than 85% of all cars that won any class or category were using Unichip technology! **If you live outside South Africa please confirm the exact terms of the warranty with the main distributor for your country.