The Juggle Between Power And Economy

Nov 11, 2019 | Articles, The Juggle Between Power And Economy

The juggle between Power and Economy.

Balance. We are all looking for a sense of balance. This is especially true of the cars we drive every day. It may not seem like it, but car designers try to balance all manners of conflicting requirements. They do this to create a vehicle that will do most things well and nothing badly. For example, they design engines to offer a balance of power, economy, longevity, and refinement. After you reach a certain point, you improve one to the detriment of one of the others. The manufacturers should, therefore, reach a perfect balance between power and economy for every engine leaving their factory. But do they? More often than not, no, they don’t.

Not all engines are the same

Car designers write software that controls the car’s electronic control unit (ECU). Now, how difficult can it be in theory to write software that gives the best compromise between power and economy? Can there not be software that creates a balance between power and economy? Unfortunately, there is a fly in the ointment when it comes to writing such software. Not all engines are the same. Try as they might, manufacturers cannot economically mass-produce millions of engines to the exact same tolerances. There will always be small differences in many aspects of the engine that will resultant in the fluctuation of power and economy of each engine.

Therefore, one “perfect” set of ECU instructions cannot be written. Why not? Well, that set will only work “perfectly” on a few engines and less optimally on the others. These software programs are therefore also a compromise. They make allowance for the small differences between the engines coming off the production line. It is a one-size-fits-all compromise if you like. This gives the manufacturer a certain surety regarding the engines they produce. They know that these engines have basically a sufficient amount of power within an acceptable range of fuel consumption. It, therefore, makes sense that your car’s ECU settings can be improved for your specific engine.

Optimising the ECU settings to attain balance

How on earth does one do that once the car has been sold and you are the owner? There are service providers out there who can reprogram your car’s ECU. Be however very careful, because you run the risk of all the good work being undone. When taking your car for a service at the agents, the manufacturer’s software update will overwrite the customised ECU settings. The only solution to avoid this is with a Unichip piggyback computer. The piggyback computer cannot be erased or modified and does not alter your car’s ECU at all. With the Unichip programming, your car’s ECU will be optimised. A customised map set will give your car optimal economic performance on part throttle and optimal power on full throttle. Even better, software updates cannot erase it and the Unichip does not change your car’s ECU programming. It merely intercepts and optimises it.

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