MAZDA MX5 TURBO ECU REMAP

Last week we had this stunning Mazda MX5 turbo on the rolling road. The MX-5’s first generation is recognisable by its pop-up headlights. These are great cars to drive and installing a turbo is a popular modification.

The owner of the car had a feeling as the car wasn’t fuelling correctly/ running as it should. We reversed the MX5 onto the rolling road and did a run. It was confirmed pretty quickly that the car had an issue.

With a few minor checks done it was decided that it was down to the remap that was already on the ecu. The car was running a Mega squirt aftermarket ecu having been previously mapped elsewhere. We are familiar with Mega Squirt and have tuned quite a few cars. You can see in the image below how lumpy the fuelling is. And it didn’t sound to great on the rolling road either.

After a couple of hours on the rolling road we had rescued the fuelling. We had also improved the fuelling and the MX5 Turbo was making great power. You can see the difference in the power and fuelling below. The air flow ratio curve is much smoother than before.

The Mazda MX5 turbo, the perfect car for a daily driver or track day beast 🙂

Have you got a Mazda MX5 Turbo that is need of mapping? Get in touch today to see what we can do for you…

Alfa Romeo Giulietta lose the tuning box!

So what is a tuning box? They are designed for both petrol and diesel engines. They work by changing the signal between the ECU software and the fuel injection system. The alteration ‘tricks’ the ECU into increasing the quantity of fuel injected, enabling it to boost pressure, therefore resulting in more torque and power – well so they say!

The owner of this Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce had read on the Alfa Owners Club about this amazing tuning box that would give him him 30 bhp once fitted and to be fair he did think that the car was performing better. But he still wasn’t sure so he booked the car in for a rolling road session.

With the car strapped down we ran the car with the tuning box plugged in. So yes, it did make more power than standard but it didn’t deliver the extra 30bhp that was promised.

But then we thought could that be down to the car? Was the car making standard power? So we unplugged the tuning box and ran the car as standard. We waited in anticipation…

So the car is running fine as it is making standard power on the rolling road which can only mean that the box hasn’t delivered the power that was promised 🙁 After a quick chat about how the car would react to a custom remap the customer was filling out his remap disclaimer.

With the remap written on the rolling road we could monitor and adjust the power and torque to suit the customer. When we where finally happy with power the car was making the car was unstrapped from the rolling road. With the car off the rolling road the customer took it out for a test drive.

Now the car performs brilliantly making great power! The drive has greatly improved from the box. Plus as result of the remap car will see an improvement in mpg unlike the tuning box.

NEW CAR OR REMAP UPGRADE?

WOULD ASH BUY A NEW CAR OR REMAP HIS SEAT LEON FR?

Having owned his SEAT Leon FR for nearly three years, Ash was contemplating buying a newer car or a custom remap. He had no issues with his car and had been looking to buy a new car but was stuck what to buy. This was when a friend suggested a remap. The remap would not only increase the power of the car but the delivery of the power. So Ash did a quick Goggle search and ADE Tuning appeared on the first page.

After a phone call chat to discus what we could do for him and his car, he made the decision of a remap. Later that day he booked his SEAT Leon FR in for a custom remap.

REMAP DAY

The day of the remap arrived and Ash dropped the car off and filled out a remap disclaimer. Unfortunately Ash had to work that day so left his SEAT Leon FR in our capable hands. As with all our remaps we ran the car on the rolling to for a health check and also to see what power the car was already making. On the odd occasion we have run a car and found that it is quite down on power. If this was to happen we wouldn’t be happy mapping the car until the issue was fixed, a remap would just mask the issue not fix it.

Luckily for Ash his car was pulling a very healthy 156 bhp so the remapping process began. Here at ADE Tuning we don’t download files off the internet, we write our own. With an ecu file written we ran the car again to check how the car behaved. Sometimes we have to write more than one ecu file as each car can react differently to the information given. You have to remember that not all cars are driven or serviced the same and this can affect how the car reacts. Once we where happy with how the car performed and the power it had produced we took it out for a test drive on the road. The car now had better throttle response and the drivability through the gears had greatly improved.

THE RESULTS

Ash took his car out for a test drive and immediately noticed how much more responsive the throttle pedal was. Once we got out on to the motorway he commented on how the car pulled better through the gears. And how normally he would have to change down a gear to overtake but the car now just kept pulling. When we got back to the workshop he told us how pleased he was with the car and the results 🙂

Have you got a car you would like to remap? Get in touch

WHITE VAN MAN WITH AN AFTERMARKET ECU

Something a little old skool on the rolling road for mapping last week. This MK6 Ford Escort Van is fitted with 2l turbo Zetec engine and running MegaSquirt aftermarket ecu.

This van brings a whole new meaning to “white van man” 😂

MegaSquirt aftermarket ecu is a general-purpose aftermarket electronic fuel injection (EFI) controller designed to be used with a wide range of spark-ignition internal combustion engines (i.e., non-diesel engines.)

MegaSquirt is used world-wide for engine control. Its success is not limited to the automotive aftermarket. The use of MegaSquirt controls is being used by many world-renowned engine and product manufacturers for commercial and industrial use. 

The van arrived running a base map. A base map is a “close enough” map to let you drive safely to the tuner for a real full tune. This allows the car to be moved before the mapping process.

With the van strapped down on the rolling road we began the process of writing the custom remap on the MegaSquirt aftermarket ecu. We ran the van on the rolling road as we adjusted the fuelling etc. Always monitoring how the van was reacting. When we started making the power we were expecting the fine tuning began.

Once we were happy with how the van and engine set up was working with our remap and the MegaSquirt aftermarket ecu, we ran the van again on the rolling road.

Have a look at the power results below…

Check out the van on the rolling road

Running 375bhp with 400ft/lb torque, not your average white van man 😉

SEAT LEON REMAP

The third-generation of the Seat Leon is lighter and more economical than the car it replaces.

The five-door hatchback is based on the Volkswagen Group’s new MBQ platform. This means it also shares engines and equipment with other models in the group.

In fact, the new Leon shares 55% of its components with the new VW Golf and Audi A3.

As we do with all our rolling road remaps, we ran the car for a health check before writing the custom ecu remap file. The car was then run again to record the final bhp and torque figure.

The owner of 105bhp Seat Leon had never had a car remapped before and didn’t think that he would feel the difference. Well that was until he went out for the test drive 😀

BIG smiles on his return 😜

Have you got a diesel car that would benefit from a remap? Get in touch today and see what we can do for you…