FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a UNICHIP?
The Unichip is a fully-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 a professional vehicle performance specialist can extract the best performance 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 tuner maps all engine inputs in three dimensions. Put simply, the Unichip will control power delivery using many different signals and with consideration of many different environmental factors.
This means that, unlike other performance chips, the Unichip will consider engine temperature, driving 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
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 taken 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?
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 affect my vehicle's warranty?
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 reprogramme 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 hardwired 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 CHOOSE 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 the 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 without 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
Reprogramming the vehicle’s Electronic Control Unit can be tricky and you may lose the ability to revert to the standard settings if something goes wrong.
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.