Where OEM engine management tuning is concerned, an engineer is largely on their own and unsupported in finding ways to modify engine management to developed safe performance gains and so it is understandable that research, development and testing makes up a large proportion of our work.
We employ a wide range of different techniques to help further our understanding of engine management systems both new and old, and also use this to develop new features for customers to directly benefit from. Some of these techniques are described on this page.
When working on our project/customer vehicles, testing a new tuning concept or writing a tune for a new type of vehicle we will frequently undertake performance testing to gather vital feedback on how effective our modifications actually are. This can take the form of acceleration measurements, data logging, and dyno testing.
This helps us give realistic measured, rather than estimated power figures to prospective customers, and also gives us time to really get to know a vehicle type before offering tunes for it, hence retaining our vision of being a small, specialist tuner rather than a general 'do everything to a generic standard' outfit.
Knowing how far a vehicle can be tuned is also part of our research. Common elements of this process is identifying key hardware components and identifying their size/specification so that a model can be developed for how they should be tuned.
Examples of considered factors can include:
As well as tuning engine management systems, we also develop bespoke electronics and software that we can use to our advantage when working on vehicles. This includes:
This gives us an advantage because we can often design our way through a problem rather than work around it!
We also conduct development work writing programs in languages specific to the processor, this allows us to conduct tests outside an engine control units normal operating environment and ultimately allows us to produce our own tools and scripts that can assist with the tuning process or embedded into an engine control unit to enhance its capabilities. These custom programs are run from the ECU directly and can be uploaded to it's memory by using either a bootloader, EEPROM programmer or other techniques.