Warwickshire Fire & Rescue’s Land Rover achieves scorching performance and better fuel economy
Superchips, the world leader in engine management system tuning, has converted a Land Rover Discovery Td5 for Warwickshire Fire & Rescue. Power has been increased by up to 45 bhp and torque by 54 Nm, while fuel consumption is improved by 2 mpg under normal operating conditions.
Maximum power is now 173 bhp at 4,749 rpm, an increase of 28 bhp over the vehicle’s original figure, while slightly higher up the rev range, at 4,922 rpm, an even greater increase of 45 bhp is achieved. Similarly, peak torque is now 325 Nm at 2,664 rpm, an improvement of 35 Nm on the original, and the biggest difference, a gain of 54 Nm, is delivered at 3,011 rpm.
The Land Rover is used for advanced driver training by Warwickshire Fire & Rescue’s Industrial and Commercial Training Unit (ICTU). Paul Hodges, driving instructor and Driving Standards Agency examiner for the ICTU, commented: "Thanks to Superchips, the Land Rover is performing a lot better and there has been no adverse effect on fuel economy. The extra power and torque is very useful for our five-day defensive driving course. Every three years our officers are reassessed to make sure they are still up to standard. The Superchipped Land Rover really puts them through their paces."
In addition to training fire officers, the ICTU provides bespoke training for companies and organisations, to enable them to meet legislative requirements, standards and codes of practice. The Unit is based at the Service Training and Development Centre at Bedworth and its uniformed instructors provide training at any location, including clients’ premises.
All Land Rover owners can benefit from the power and torque gains detailed above for just £511.13 including VAT. Hundreds of other diesel and petrol models can also be Superchipped, and the cost for a non-turbo (normally aspirated) engine is only £293.75 including VAT – far cheaper than trading in for a higher powered car.
The conversion can be carried out at any one of Superchips’ 85 dealers nationwide, or at the company’s headquarters in Buckingham. In some parts of the country.
it can also be done at a customer’s home or place of work, courtesy of one of the network’s mobile units. In each case the job only takes around 45 minutes to complete. If required, Superchips can even arrange favourable insurance via its specialist broker, Firebond.Published 16 July 2004