More Cars Than Ever Can Be 'Superchipped'10 February 2005
Further Ford and Renault models join the repertoire
As a result of continuing research and development, Superchips, the world leader in engine management system tuning, has added a number of cars to its ever-growing repertoire of conversions. The latest models that are able to benefit from increased power and torque include the Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi, Mondeo ST220, Renault Clio 1.5 dCi and Renault Espace 3.0 V6 dCi.
A quick re-programming of the engine control unit (ECU) delivers significant improvements in performance, without compromising fuel economy.
Owners of a Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi, with the 130 bhp engine as fitted from 2002 onwards, can now increase their car’s power by up to 28bhp at 4,036rpm and torque by a maximum of 40Nm at 3,720rpm. These impressive gains £511.13 including fitting and VAT.
Superchips can even boost the performance of the 3.0-litre Ford Mondeo ST220, with a maximum power gain of 12 bhp at 6,030 rpm and an increase in torque of 14 Nm at 6,074 rpm. Like the majority of normally aspirated petrol and turbo diesel Ford engines, this conversion is performed by the customer with the Superchips-designed ‘Bluefin’ device, at a cost of only £299 including VAT. This hand-held re-programming unit simply slots into the diagnostic port inside the vehicle and the owner of the vehicle completes the operation in a matter of minutes by following a series of clear on-screen prompts.
The Renault Clio 1.5 dCi (100 bhp) benefits from a maximum power gain of 18 bhp at 3,060 rpm and a torque gain of 46 Nm at 2,947 rpm. The Renault Espace 3.0 V6 dCi re-programming delivers a maximum power gain of 34 bhp at 4,443 rpm and a maximum torque gain of 86 Nm at 2,781 rpm. Both of the latest Renault conversions cost £511.13 including fitting and VAT.
More in the pipeline
Most cars - and an ever-growing number of vans - can be Superchipped.
All engine types are catered for, whether normally-aspirated (non-turbo) petrol, turbo petrol or turbo diesel. The Superchips catalogue already lists over 700 applications and more are constantly being added.
Conversions are currently being developed for nearly 100 additional vehicles, including a wide variety of models from Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Skoda, smart, SsangYong, Vauxhall, Volvo and Volkswagen.
Superchips Managing Director, Ian Sandford, commented: "Millions of motorists will be surprised to learn that they are missing out on the true performance potential of their cars. During production, artificial limits are imposed by vehicle manufacturers to allow for the owner using the worst grade of fuel or letting the car go for many miles without a service. By reprogramming the ECU, power and torque can be increased by as much as 30 per cent, without compromising fuel economy. Our customers are amazed at the difference - it’s like getting a new car."
Conversions are carried out at Superchips’ 85 dealers nationwide and at the company’s headquarters in Buckingham. In some parts of the country, they can also be done at a customer’s home or place of work, courtesy of one of the network’s mobile units. If required, Superchips can also arrange favourable insurance via specialist brokers.