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Car Engine Optimisation in the 21st Century.

Let us for a moment think about car engine optimisation. Were cars really all that simple twenty to thirty years ago? One might say that it indeed was. Consider that a competent home mechanic could fix mechanical components back then. Do you wish you could turn back the hands of automotive time?

Read more about the 21st-century mechanic here. For those thinking that those were the “good old days”, some things were not so good. More mechanical devices meant more things can go wrong, and they did. The “points” could burn and stick, distributors did not last and they wore out. Carburettors were notoriously finicky, especially some of the performance types. They usually struggled with burping and spluttering when cold and surging when hot – while guzzling a lot of fuel! Those were the days before emission legislation when car breakdowns were more frequently than today.

The age of computer technology

In today’s day and age, computers control engines. So, while some parts have become very expensive to replace when they fail, they have also become more reliable. This is especially so with the elimination of some old mechanical devices like distributors and carburettors. Automotive electronics have also become extremely reliable and, importantly, have changed the way we optimise cars in the 21st century. Car engine optimisation is not as it was in the olden days. We optimise modern cars by plugging them into a laptop and changing the ECU (engine control unit) settings. The problem with this is that it can be difficult to tell who to trust for long-lasting, reliable results. Some “tuners” ask you a lot of money to fiddle with your ECU, and you stand to lose your warranty. So, is there a non-invasive way to keep your car standard, yet optimise its performance and economy?

Safe and reliable car engine optimisation

Yes, there is, and the answer is a piggyback computer chip that we add to your existing ECU. The piggyback computer in no way changes your ECU. The Unichip piggyback is a mini-computer that changes signals coming from your ECU. In this way, the Unichip can optimise the settings to work best for your engine. You might want to know why the manufacturer settings are not already optimal. That’s because manufacturers select a standardised computer programme that will work on all engines that come off the production line. Due to mass production constraints, not all engines are identical. Manufacturers have to err on the side of caution and use a series of ECU maps. These maps have to work on all engines, fuel grades, altitudes, and driving styles. This allows for room to manoeuvre and optimise the settings in order to improve your car’s power and economy.

Best of all, we can do this by fitting a Unichip, which keeps your car standard. You can choose different maps to suit different conditions and driving styles. Talk to us about fitting a Unichip today. It may be a surprise to you, but with the Unichip, there is almost always some room for vehicle improvement. Practice responsible car care. Become part of the Unichip family and buy your Unichip today. Click here to contact us.