Owen Developments from Oxfordshire, the automotive performance enhancing specialists responsible for the power upgrades for Mitsubishi L200, Shogun Sport and Lancer Evolution FQ models, have launched a power upgrade ECU for the latest Isuzu Rodeo 3.0-litre 4x4 models.
Although the standard Isuzu Rodeo double cab pick-up has one of the most powerful engines in its sector, the 3.0-litre, four-cylinder intercooled direct injection turbo diesel unit can easily produce more power and torque without major changes.
Brian Owen, managing director of Owen Developments said, "More power and torque without detriment to the longevity of the engine is useful for recreational or work horse application. For the Rodeo we have designed and developed a piggyback electronic control unit, (ECU) which sits alongside and plugs in to the vehicle’s standard ECU and overrides designated areas of the standard electronic messaging system".
"By programming our ECU to fine tune the original factory settings for electronic fuel delivery, engine injection timing and increasing the turbo pressure by just 1.6 psi by adding a boost controller to the turbocharger boost pressure pipe, power output is raised by 29 bhp. Torque is also increased by 57.2 lb.ft. The changes our ECU implements do not affect any other functions controlled by the standard ECU," said Owen.
The Isuzu Rodeo power upgrade kit costs £370 plus vat and initially Owen Developments will fit these units to customer’s vehicles. In the future any reputable tuning company can do the conversion work.
Owners of Isuzu Rodeo vehicles interested in this power upgrade for their vehicle should contact Brian Owen or Mark Harrison at Owen Developments on 01865 821062.Published 23 June 2004