The process involves reprogramming your vehicle’s on-board computer, which overrides the limits set up on the engine at the point of manufacture. Usually, vehicles are initially tuned to a wide-ranging spectrum that accounts for a more forgiving variation in climate, altitude and fuel quality.
What Do You Do Exactly?
Our technicians link to the vehicles ECU or ‘brain’ with a laptop PC through the vehicles diagnostic socket and read the current engine management file which is then sent to our archives office and custom optimised for your vehicle. The technician programs the new Quantum optimised file into your vehicle, and you then have the opportunity for yourself to experience the amazing results. On some vehicles, it is not possible to carry out this function be the diagnostic socket so in this case the ECU is removed and either a chip change or boot loading function is performed, direct into the ECU. The final effect is the same, only the process is different. Depending on the vehicle, the chip tuning typically takes less than 1 hour to complete the re-map. You can choose to visit one of our dealers, our head office in Iver or, dependent on the area we can visit you at your home, office.
Is It Safe For The Vehicle?
Our Quantum re-mapping process enhances and optimises the power of the engine within safe limits, not beyond them. The extra power will also result in fewer gear changes. Manufacturers have to build a tolerance for the parts in the engine, to manage the effect of wear and tear, production variations, and to ensure their warranty claims during their warranty period three years, are kept to a minimum.
Most race and rally engines are pushed for every last bhp, and thus they more common to fail, while standard car/van/lorry engines are limited back, well away from the probability of multiple failures. Each engine is different as in how much it can be pushed in a remap, but a good ECU remap from a quality ECU tuner will never get close the limits of component failure.
You will see that the top companies within the marketplace have all develop vehicle improvements to similar outputs. Beware of tuners who claim significantly more, it’s either lies hoping that the average customer wouldn’t be able to tell the difference, or the engine is being pushed too hard and will quickly become unreliable.
Why Don’t The Manufacturers Do It?
Manufacturers sell one vehicle that covers various markets, with different tax and emissions regulations; different climates with extremes of heat, cold, humidity; different fuel quantities; different operating altitudes, etc. A manufacturer has to take all of these factors into consideration and make substantial compromises in the operation of the vehicle.
Sales and marketing also have a significant effect on the way an engine is mapped. If you look the in manufacturer brochure at the engine specs, the torque graph will rise, then flatten out on a straight line, and then drop off. This obviously isn’t how an engine breathes, and it’s the request of sales and marketing to produce this flat lining of the torque. Why? Well, it’s about having better torque figures than the competition and about local market taxation laws.
What Warranty Do You Give?
A professionally tuned engine will not cause technical faults with a well serviced and maintained the engine. In the extremely unlikely event of a problem we will 100% stand by the quality of our product, should any fault be assessed to have been caused by the upgrade?
An optional mechanical breakdown warranty for complete peace of mind is available; please ask your Quantum dealer.
Do You Offer A Trial Period?
We are very confident that your Quantum ReMap will both improve your driving experience and save you substantially on fuel. But, don’t take our word for it, try the upgrade for 30 days, and if you are not delighted with the results, we will take it off and give you a full refund.
What About Insurance?
We advise that it is your responsibility to inform your insurance Company of any modification to your vehicle. We are finding that more and more insurance companies are not penalising their customers for saving fuel and recognise our economy upgrades. We can provide a certificate of conformity if required.
Does It Affect The Manufacturers’ Warranty?
Some manufacturers’ diagnostic equipment may detect a remap. Additionally, many forward-thinking manufacturers turn a blind eye to a quality remapping service, knowing that a suitably enhanced vehicle can only ever benefit them. The official line from most manufacturers is that if a modification causes a problem with the car, then the part of the vehicle affected will not be covered under warranty, this does not mean a unilateral cancelling of the complete guarantee.
How Does The Remap Improve The Vehicle?
A full Quantum engine remap alters the fuel, boost and torque characteristics of the engine. By controlling the fuel pressure, injected fuel quantity, maximum permissible visible smoke limit, boost pressure from the turbocharger and the torque characteristic.
A Quantum remap offers a fully controllable change to the engine characteristics, while still operating with full engine feedback control and within all the preset engine sensor limits.