As Ricky Bobby once said “I wanna go fast”, but where should Ricky start? Sure, buy a heap of bolt-on modifications and start tinkering but is your engine ready for this? Below are a few suggestions and some things to consider when upgrading your engine.
Staying on top of the basics with your car will play a big role in ensuring your car can perform to its fullest potential and potentially. Things like changing the oil on a regular basis, ensuring the air filter is clean, topping up transmission oil, keeping radiator fluids full etc.
Let your engine breath
Ok, let’s get practical here. Go to your local hardware or medical supplies and buy a face mask. Don the facemask and go for a run. Obviously, it’s a lot harder to breathe with a face mask on so, therefore, you probably can’t run as far or as fast as you can without the facemask.
Now, apply this practical experiment to your car (don’t actually put a facemask on your car), put a cold air intake on your car, letting your car breath better, note the difference. Cold air is denser. Which means more air particles are closer together allowing more air to enter the engine.
K&N Cold air intake kit.
Let your engine breath – Part 2
Notice that when you take a big breath in, you need to take an equally as big of breath out. Same goes for your engine. When you install your cold air intake which allows more air in, you need to give the air a smoother and larger passage out. By installing a slightly larger, higher flowing exhaust, you can let the air escape the combustion chamber faster. You have a number of options when it comes to replacing your exhaust systems. Some opt for changing the tailpipe to make the car sound better, but just because the sound is bigger does not mean the car is performing better. For a performance exhaust, start at the “headers” (extractors). You will notice the difference in length of every single exhaust is often longer before it joins to the tailpipe. Standard manifolds are generally made from a heavy cast iron which commonly cracks over time whereas extractors are made from steel and some manufacturers construct them from stainless steel.
From left to right: Stainless steel extractors. Cast iron Manifold.
Re-programme your ECU
The above steps are a great place to start, to complete these steps you have to let your engine control unit (ECU) know what you’ve done. Your ECU is like the brain of your engine. The ECU adjusts the air to fuel ratio entering your engine. If you don’t reprogram your ECU after changing your air intake and exhaust, your car might run worse than it did before. If you have too much air enter your engine and not enough fuel to properly combust, your car will be sluggish. Your ECU will tell your injection system “hey we’re breathing a lot more now, add some fuel” your ECU decides how much and provides your engine with the optimal fuel to air ratio to perform, however, providing your engine with a richer or leaner mix at certain rev ranges can give better performance. Consider consulting with an ECU tuning specialist before doing so.
The ECU also tells your ignition system when to ignite the said fuel to air mixture in your cylinders. If your engine ignites too early or late, your “timing is out”. Igniting the mix at the perfect time allows for the biggest explosion in your cylinders. This will be covered in your ECU re-map.
You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars in bolt-on parts to increase the performance of your car. But if you want to, this is still a good place to start. Getting your basics in order and making sure you have a mechanically sound engine to build on and letting your ECU do some of the heavy liftings, could save you in the back pocket.
Compared to previous years, the market trend seems to be following SUVs, moving away from regular passenger cars. That doesn’t mean the steady flow of passenger cars will come to a standstill, not by a long shot. There are quite a few non-SUV vehicles anticipated for release this calendar year.
Combining balance of form and function, the Audi A6 Sedan not only captures your attention with a stunning design but reinforces that impression with its athletic performance and agile handling. Whilst the styling closely resembles that of the previous model, the devil is in the details. The details being what is hiding underneath that hood. You’ve got the traditional quasi-hexagonal grille but this mirroring vehicle has a much sportier feel when it comes to unleashing her power. Rear-wheel steering, active rear differentials, tonnes of aluminium and a petrol V6 amps up the A6’s driver appeal.
With similar styling to that of the Audi A6, BMW has decided to put all their eggs in the 8 series basket, rather than release a 2019 6 series. Don’t let the change in numbers fool you, the 8 series has no major increase in size, specifications, or sportiness. The highly anticipated 8 series will mirror the dearly departed 6 series quite closely, specifically with their price tag. Featuring a V8 engine to the tune of 290kW and 750Nm, performance will be one word to describe this immaculate vehicle.
One of the most popular family cars, the Fiesta has made headlines as the dynamic dynamite of the compact hatchbacks. Ford is cranking up the athletic ability of the newest generation release with the First ST hatchback. Unfortunately, Ford has decided to decline to bring in lesser models to showrooms, so the Fiesta ST is the only option you’ll have if you want to add the 2019 model to your garage.
Looking for a car that can bridge the gap between hatchback and SUV? Look no further than Ford’s new focus active. This ‘missing link’ follows styling of the Impreza-based Subaru XV but has been declared as a passenger car rather than an SUV. Featuring a 134kW 1.5-litre turbo engine, the Focus Active will remain a front-wheel drive, eight-speed automatic.
Ever wanted the i30 without the hatchback? Thank Hyundai for their newest i30 release, the N Fastback. Unfortunately, Hyundai won’t be offering us Aussies the four-door coupe i30 Fastback, instead to avoid that traditional 2-door hatchback, we’ll have to spend big bucks on the high-performance N variant. The European built i30 N Fastback makes total economic sense for Hyundai to sell within Australia, due to higher profit margins thanks to the 40k price tag.
Volvo has played to its Scandinavian strengths with the new S60, which adds elegance to the four-door body style – with an interior that belongs in a high-end interior magazine. The V60 wagon equivalent will join in too, taking on the Germans in the mid-size premium market with a range of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, some of which will include a fuel-saving plug-in hybrid capability. Looks like the German’s have some stiff competition on their hands.
The idea of modifying a chip instead of physically modifying your vehicle to increase performance seems impossible, right? Wrong! It’s entirely possible, thanks to ECU remapping. Here’s how we achieve peak performance without adding any physical modifications:
Ignition Timing Mapping
Ignition timing isn’t as complicated as the name suggests. The ignition system on your car needs to work in perfect harmony with the rest of your engine. To achieve this, the fuel needs to ignite at exactly the right time so that the expanding gasses can do the maximum amount of work. If the system fires at the wrong time, the power will fall whilst gas consumption and emissions increase.
When the fuel/air mixture in cylinder burns, the temperature rises, which in turn converts the fuel into the exhaust gas. This conversion causes the pressure in the cylinder to increase and force the piston down.
Air to Fuel Ratio (AFR) Mapping
Those who have limited knowledge of performance vehicles, wouldn’t know that incorrect air/fuel ratios cause engine failures. The correct AFR can be the difference between life and death for your engine. There are four considerations to be made regarding AFR.
- What’s scientifically best
- What’s best for fuel economy
- What’s best for power
- What’s best for your engine’s life
What makes matter worse, is not only do AFR vary from engine to engine but also from fuel to fuel. Luckily however, knowing the perfect AFR for your car and fuel consumption relies on your tuner.
ECU remap effects on Boost
Adding a boost is without a doubt one of simplest ways of adding power. If a car comes with turbo from the factory, often it’s tuned in a way that keeps the boost levels reliable and efficient. By increasing this further, you’re increasing the amount of air packed into the cylinder. By adding more air, you can now add more fuel.
Seems simple enough. So what’s the drawback?
By adding power, you’re increasing the pressure and heat within the cylinders. This in turn adds stress, and reduces your engines life. Unfortunately there isn’t a way around this. If you’re keen on boosting your car, you need to ensure the internal components can handle the added stress. For this reason, forged pistons, rods, and cranks are one of the most sought aftermarket parts. Whilst it may be tempting to crank the boost on a stock engine, your warranty will become null and void, whilst also increasing the probability of engine problems.
Remap Your Launch
Tuning and remapping doesn’t have to be all about adding power, it also gives you the ability to modify your launch, also known as ‘launch control’.
Launch control is a simple yet effective way to ensure consistent reliable launches at the track, strip, and even on the street. The user defines a ‘launch rpm’, that when launch control is activated, the vehicle will maintain. This system allows the driver to hold the car at full throttle whilst maintaining a suitable RPM for launch. This system is especially prevalent in turbocharged cars due to the additional benefit of building boost prior to the vehicle leaving the line.
If you’re after consistent launches minus wheel spins or wheel hops, then launch control should be a serious consideration.
There are a multitude of companies that provide plug and play tuning devices for a wide variety of cars. Whilst these tunes can be beneficial for performance benefits, it’s important to remember that the longevity of your engine (and your warranty) has been reduced. It’s always a good idea to have your car professionally tuned by an expert, so that the boundaries and limits remain safe. That’s why we recommend bringing your car to us, because no one knows performance like Zuce. Our passion for automotive performance knows no bounds. By utilising Alientech performance tuning technology, we ensure your warranty is maintained whilst offering you a performance boost worth smiling about.
6 Times the movies exaggerated driving
Questionable modifications, unrealistic stunts, impossible feats, these are just some of the things that make car fanatics shake their first at or walk out of a racing movie. Here are six movie mentions that the directors obviously overlooked when fact checking.
Faking high speeds
There are a wide range of movies that definitely amp up the speed, when in actual fact the vehicle may only support 40mph. For instance, there is a scene in, yes you guessed it, 2 Fast 2 Furious, where they are chasing after a boat, and regardless of hitting at least 120mph, it’s always just out of reach. Upon researching the boat used, it is apparent that the vessel actually maxes out at 40mph, meaning a car travelling 120mph should reach it with ease. Apparently the director never took that into consideration.
A list of movie blunders wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the number one contributor ‘The Fast and the Furious’. This franchise will always go down in history as the number one trigger for car enthusiasts everywhere. This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning, the infamous Nitrous (NOS) introduced in the films. Traditionally, NOS allows combustible engines to burn more fuel to increase power, and as such is used in racing. However, as depicted in the Fast and the Furious films, it seems to add a special speed juice that makes the cars practically fly, multiple times. Did they have an unlimited supply?
Tyres squeal on any surface
What does the Fast and the Furious have in common with James Bond? Easy! They both overuse tyre squealing. What do I mean by that? I mean that it doesn’t matter if they’re taking off, or even travelling on gravel, their tyres seem to have so much grip that instead of sliding out, they screech instead. Take for instance, this cheesy yet memorable chase scene from ‘Dr. No’, his tyres are screeching like he’s driving on tarmac. We won’t even mention the fact he can’t seem to keep the steering wheel straight despite being on a straight piece of road.
We wouldn’t be thorough if we didn’t include at least one of the many insane yet impossible jumps shown in virtually every car chase. The most notable however would have to be from Nic Cage’s flick, ‘Gone in 60 seconds’. Why you ask? Not only does he manage an impossible feat that even Evil Knievel can’t but he lands flawlessly without so much as a broken axle. Whether you’re a car fanatic or not, it’s simply laughable to believe a car could survive such a rough land, let alone make a jump like that.
Whether you’re an auto driver or not, you should understand that reverse is one gear, singular not plural! Apparently the director of Ryan Gosling’s debut movie ‘Drive’ didn’t get the memo. Nor does he drive a manual car, apparently! In this cringe worthy scene, Gosling’s character not only drives at highway speed in reverse, he actually changes gears? We’re as gobsmacked as you are. How many backwards gears does a Mustang have? One.
Danger to manifold
Unfortunately we couldn’t complete this list of memorable blunders without mentioning one of the most imaginary scenes in car movies. The director was falling over backwards to come up with this truly creative, albeit pointless, phrase. First things first, let’s talk about his live-reading diagnostic laptop. You’re hitting that NOS like it’s an oxygen tank, and your laptop starts flashing like a nightclub, with the words, ‘danger to manifold’. You dismiss this obvious warning that something is about to go wrong, and next thing you know, your diamond-plated floorboard falls out. That’s definitely a two in one on a whole other level of wrong. Firstly, danger to manifold, do you mean danger to the intake manifold? These words are without a doubt the most pointless phrase ever. Why? It means absolutely nothing.
By the way, Eric’s real name isn’t Eric. It’s Glen. But having two Glen’s at the helm of ZUCE was just too confusing, so we nicknamed him after his doppelganger – Eric Bana.
– 15 years’ industry experience
– Qualified mechanic
– Business owner
– Qualified and authorised Alientech trainer
“With ZUCE, we’ve created a way for Australian auto businesses to access the world’s leading technology, training and support so they can grow and thrive.”
Eric Ebert’s knowledge about performance tuning is unrivalled. Highly regarded in Australia for his tuning mastery, Eric has been evolving the performance of vehicles for over 15 years. He was passionate about cars from a very early age, and had an innate curiosity to understand how they worked and how to make them go faster. He first qualified as a mechanic in 2006, and this was just the start of his journey to evolve the art and science of tuning.
Initially tuning petrol engines, Eric’s expertise grew to encompass all petrol and diesel vehicles, including trucks and other agricultural vehicles. He was soon known for his leading abilities with flash and chip tuning, performance upgrades and ECU mapping.
Eric has been an Alientech convert since 2010, and had amassed an exceptional level of expertise about this technology. He has worked professionally with ZUCE co-founder, Glen Hadden, since the beginning of his career. Together, Eric and Glen recognised that there was a real market need for making Alientech more accessible and relevant to Australian businesses and mechanics. They founded ZUCE to do just that.
Now, Eric oversees all aspects of ZUCE, and heads up ZUCE’s TEKTraining and TEKTalk. He applies his hands-on teaching approach to equip technicians with relevant skills that are applicable to their specific needs. Whether he’s training beginners or advanced tuners from high-performance auto businesses, Eric’s focus is always on helping them access, learn and apply the world’s best tuning technology.
GLEN HADDEN Founder
Glen Hadden, founder of Roo Systems and LowRange, has more than 20 years’ experience in performance tuning. His reputation as a passionate educator in the automotive industry is second-to-none. Glen’s mission for ZUCE is to equip businesses with the world’s best tools, training and support so they can produce optimal results for their clients.
– 23 years industry experience
– Qualified mechanic
– Business owner
– LowRange DVD presenter and producer
– Speedway Racing champion
– Proud father of three up-and-coming racing enthusiasts
“I always choose and deliver the very best of the best. That’s why ZUCE brings Alientech technology, expertise and knowledge to Australia’s automotive industry.”
Glen Hadden’s vast industry experience spans more than two decades. He is arguably one of Australia’s most knowledgeable automotive performance specialists. He first fell in love with 4-wheel driving when he was just 10 years old, and became a Speedway Racing champion by the time he was 14. It was through competing that Glen first learned to tune vehicles for optimal handling and performance. He has lived and breathed anything to do with tuning vehicles ever since.
In 2008, Glen founded the 4-wheel drive workshop, Roo Systems, and established its Australia-wide dealer network. Just a year later, he started presenting and producing his own DVD series, “LowRange”. Now in season three, this popular and well-known 4-wheel drive adventure series is distributed by BCF and has been broadcast on Channel 7.
By this stage of his career, Glen was a successful businessman and industry identity, but he always had a bigger mission. He wanted to drive the industry forward by supporting and educating mechanics, tuners and auto business owners. His goal was to empower these professionals to build their tuning expertise by not only giving them access to leading tuning tools, but also training them to use them in their own businesses.
Glen’s global experience and knowledge of tuning technology had taught him that Alientech was the world’s most innovative and technically advanced on the market. With training in Alientech previously only accessible in Italy, he decided to make it available right here, in Australia. Together with automotive performance specialist, Eric Ebert, Glen founded ZUCE – the Australian experts in Alientech.
SINCE COMPLETING TEKTRAINING, SIMPLY TUNING HAS SEEN A 300% INCREASE IN PRODUCTIVITY.
“There’s simply no other company in Australia that knows half of what ZUCE knows about Alientech. I’m putting what I’ve learned from ZUCE into practice every single day. My confidence with tuning all types of vehicles has sky-rocketed and I’m doing things right the first time. I’m 10 times faster than before and that translates into a huge financial improvement for my business.” DANIEL BUCHNER Head Technician – Simply Tuning
Zuce’s TekTraing optimises the performance of Brisbane Workshop
Simply Tuning, a dyno tuning specialist workshop in Brisbane’s north, tunes a wide range of vehicles, from common rail diesels to luxury high-end automobiles. Head Technician, Daniel Buchner, had previous experience of other tuning software, so when establishing Simply Tuning, he chose ZUCE to ensure he could offer his customers the very best tuning performance possible – Alientech. Knowing the reputation of both ZUCE and its founders, Glen Hadden and Eric Ebert, Daniel knew there was no one better to take his business to the next level.
Hands-on, expert training – right here in Australia
Daniel found ZUCE’s TEKTraining to be invaluable in building his tuning expertise. The easy-to-follow sessions embedded theoretical information with practical learning experiences and exercises to give him a thorough grounding in all aspects of the latest Alientech technology.
After the training, Daniel took advantage of ZUCE TEKTalk so he was completely supported in his workshop. He was able to access phone support directly with the trainer, who guided him through any issues or questions on the spot.
ZUCE’s TEKTraining has had a substantial impact on Simply Tuning’s productivity and business performance. Daniel’s tuning mastery means he is faster, more accurate and more responsive to his customers’ specific needs. The workshop is now able to tune more vehicles each day, and servicing more customers than ever before.
To learn more about Zuce TekTraining, give us a call on 1300 088 726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MOTAVATED IS NOW CAPITALISING ON A 60% INCREASE IN CUSTOMER DEMAND FOR AUTOMOTIVE TUNING.
“Thanks to ZUCE, we now have a complete tuning solution that we can offer our customers. If i hadn’t completed these TEKtraining courses, our business wouldn’t have grown. There is simply no one else in Australia that matches ZUCE’s expertise, knowledge and hands-on training approach. And their post-training support through TEKtalk has been exellent. They are responsive and they understand exactly what we need.” TONY MARTIN Founder– Motivated Turo and Mechanical
TEKtraining evolves auto business to the next level
Motovated Turbo and Mechanical is situated in Toowoomba and specialises in diesel tuning, turbocharger repairs, rapid performance chips and performance upgrades. The business, founded and run by experienced technicians Tony Martin and John Di Mauro, was experiencing a trend away from chip sales to flash tuning. Realising they needed to build thier tuning expertise to take advantage of this trend, they turned to ZUCE for guidance.
A winning training approach .
At his previous workshop. Tony had undertaken tuning training course via Skype or online through a company based in Italy. Not surprisingly, he found the differencet time zone, the language barrier and the detached, impersonal learning style very challenging.
At ZUCE, Tony was expertly trained with a mix of relevant, in-depth theory and hands on, practical exercises. He enjoyed direct access to the ZUCE qualified trainers and was able to apply his new knowledge back in his own workshop immediatly.
With ZUCE’s TEKTraining, Tony and John ahve been empowered to enhance the performance of their business. Their new tuning expertise had inceased thier reputation and extended their customer base, enabling them to successfully adapt to changing customer needs.
To learn more about Zuce TekTraining, give us a call on 1300 088 726 or email email@example.com
Performance Tuning Tools
We offer a wide range of Alientech products and training, to suit all levels of expertise and experience. Being the Australian home of Alientech, you can be sure that our expert knowledge of Alientech’s tools will allow you to master the best tuning technology that can take your business, mechanics, and customers to the next level.
Alientech began in Trino, Italy in 1991 and have now become industry leaders in auto-tuning technology. At Zuce, we offer 4 unique Alientech performance tools; KESSv2, K-TAG, Powergate3 and the ECM Titanium. Each product has their own unique advantages and benefits.
To help you better understand the benefits of Alientech technology, we have outlined below what each product does.
Perfect for the professional that wants complete control during an ECU remap
The KESSv2 maximises the performance of the vehicles electronic control unit, whilst also providing solutions to problems unsupported by standard diagnostic tools. Through an OBD standard port, or dedicated connection, this performance tuning tool gives you the power to read and the write the ECUs of cars, motorbikes, trucks, tractors, and board. This product also enables you to read and write the parameters of the engine or transmission. Communicate directly to the ECU through the diagnostic using a simple cable.
How does it work?
– Read files inside the ECU using KESSv2
– Edit parameters using our software ECM Titanium according to the needs of your customers,
– Rewrite them back into the ECU
The technology used by the KESSv2 device is constantly evolving, enabling you to optimise the performance of even the most recent vehicle models, including new-generation hybrid engines, and vehicles with a protected ECU. Create tuning mastery in your workshop with the innovative and powerful KESSv2.
The K-TAG gives your mechanics an evolved level of tuning performance
A fully customisable solution to suit the specific needs of your business. The evolved design means you can connect to the ECU board without soldering. This technologically advanced tuning tool allows you to read and write the ECUs of cars, motorcycles, trucks, tractors, and boats. With the K-TAG, easily and directly access individual components of the ECU’s flash memory microprocessor.
The complete K-TAG kit includes hardware, ECU adaptor, the necessary cables, and automatic updates. The K-TAGs controlled surface allows for easy and reliable access in the workshop.
In addition to the K-TAG, the K-Suite tuning software allows you to select the vehicle or the ECU you want to tune, whilst providing you with access to up-to-date manuals for each protocol. Increase efficiency in your workshop by removing the need to double-check your ECU connection.
Alientech’s handheld Powergate3 makes reading and writing ECUs easier than ever before
Alientech’s Powergate3 is the only palm-sized programmer featuring a digital touch screen, that can be completely customised with your logo and branding. This unique, portable device provides your business with a private-label device that turns your mechanics into tuning masters. The HD colour touch screen provides effortless navigation combined with an intuitive and easy three-step process.
Reprogram the ECU’s of main transport vehicles, automobiles, motorcycles, agricultural vehicles, and more. Harness the power of this personal OBD programmer, that allows you to remotely tune your customer’s vehicle via emailing encrypted files. Extend your customer base beyond your local reach. The Powergate3 is a technologically innovative solution that will help you attract new customers, and extended the lifetime value of your current ones.
Equip your mechanics with the very best tuning innovation
Alientech’s ECM Titanium is at the forefront of software in the tuning world. Equip you mechanics with the very best in tuning innovation. Easily view and modify the maps of stock files found inside the ECU. The latest generation drivers display all available maps, so you can manage and optimise the parameters.
Interpret and modify control unit files easily and accurately with the ECM Titanium mapping software. Compatible with all original files of cars, motorbikes, trucks, tractors, and boats. All files are already included in the software, so no need to download or install additional files.
Each file corresponds with a driver supplied by Alientech, that decodes and shows the parameters of the engine’s performance. This allows you to edit any and all related parameters – thus modifying the performance of the engine.
The Alientech ECM Titanium is one of the most advanced tuning solutions which is continually evolving and updating. This means that every time you plug the USB into your PC, you know you’re getting the most recent list of drivers, and latest software upgrades.
The Titanium USB can be plugged into any PC without needing to download software, whilst also enabling you to save both original and modified files. Quickly download drivers from the Alientech database using an easy to find location. File modification is efficient, intuitive and user-friendly, making it suitable for both beginner and advanced tuners.
If you have any questions please contact us on 1300 088 726, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at 75 Flinders Parade, North Lakes QLD 4509. Make sure you stay up to date with our social media on Facebook and Instagram.
Currently placed second in the Burson Auto Parts Rookie standings, Zayd Tones is eager to go one better and seek success in the next round at Phillip Island.
The opening round in Tasmania was a new experience for all competitors, but Phillip Island is familiar territory to even the championship’s rookies – with plenty of testing kilometres being logged.
“I loved my first experience of Formula 4 in Tasmania and can’t wait to race again,” Tones said.
“I was a little nervous but I was really happy with my results. I am really looking forward to being back in the car and racing.”
With an eight week gap between Symmons Plains and Phillip Island, the Team BRM rookie has remained race ready with some competitive driving and even driver coaching.
“I’ve been keeping myself busy by going to the gym and working on my fitness,” Tones said.
“I have been driving my MX5 at some events, playing basketball and hanging out with friends.
“I have also been helping out my sponsors with driving tips and kart setup with their Lowrange Motorsports, Alientech and Simply Cool kart teams.”
Although, there’s one corner at Phillip Island that Tones – like many of his colleagues – is looking forward to the most.
“Definitely turn one,” Tones said.
Round Two of the CAMS Australian Formula 4 Championship commences on Friday 1 June at Phillip Island, as part of the Shannons Nationals weekend.
Free online live streaming of Sunday’s (3 June) action will be available on formula4.com.au.
Originally published May 28, 2018 on http://www.formula4.com.au/?p=12554
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