NEWSFLASH 25 July 2019
So here it is, our new Audi S4 development car has arrived and its already had the exterior tweaked (well completely changed), but we’re not so interested in the outside (although we think it looks awesome), it’s the 3.0 V6 turbo charged heart under the bonnet we really care about. The new Bosch ECUs found in a lot of the VAG group cars have been difficult to crack to say the least, it’s a long awaited protocol that is nearing the end of completion with some light at the end of the tunnel we are very pleased to say.
The Bosch MG1 is the petrol variant and found in the newer 1.5 2.0 and 3.0 TFSI and TSI engines and the Bosch MD1 is the diesel version of the ECU.
Currently the only way to extract any more BHP from these is via an under the bonnet tuning box which is never the best plan even for cars that have had their ECUs cracked due to inherent risks with fuel and boost pressures and their signals being falsified instead of actually changed inside the software. The result is unrealistic power gains if any at all with petrol or diesel tuning boxes. [Read more about why we’re not fans of tuning boxes here]
However real tuning of these VAG cars is just around the corner and those that have not been tempted by false BHP claims will be rewarded by genuine gains in performance and drive ability.
We purchased our S4 development car to run beta testing on the new protocols for the MG1 ECU and so far it’s been very promising, painful but promising! We do this to be at the forefront of technological advancements in the tuning industry and to understand fully the operations of a given ECU before bringing it to the public domain. It’s so we can provide a complete knowledgeable service and tuning prospect from the offset, this is something we have found to be lacking of late within the tuning industry. We’re having to fix a lot of bad tunes, just because someone has the ability to smash on a file that’s mediocre at best with no foresight into the long term effects to the engine by doing an OK job in tuning the car.
Most tuning these days is done by SLAVE users that get the tuned file for the car from a MASTER, this is fine in principle but if the master is not very good at tuning the car it seems pointless. Using a slave mobile remapping company for example is fine as long as you know who the MASTER file provider is and they have adequate knowledge of the software and engine they will be tuning. We pride ourselves on doing the job right first time, there are a few (very few) manufacturers that we are just not so clued up on for example a lot of Japanese stuff, we do actually advise customers that with Japanese cars we are probably not the right company for them to choose to remap or tune their car as we have not really spent anytime studying and the software, unlike German cars for example that we know pretty much inside and out and love tuning them.
So when choosing a tuning company look at what they do and look at whether they actually do any Research and Development on cars, ECU’s and their software even if they are a slave tuner ask them who the master is and then do some research on the master.
We love experimenting with our development cars (and we have a few) because it means that whatever happens to them, we know that when we are tuning our customers cars we have the correct and accurate knowledge behind us to do the job properly.
We will keep you all updated as the development continues with files for the VAG Bosch MG1 and MD1 and you can be confident that when we have it spot on and fully stable, only then will we release it to the public and therefore protect your cars from being guinea pigs!!!