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Remapping

remapping.pngWhen it comes to ECU Remapping, Indigo-GT is the premier tuning centre in South Wales, as an EcuTek Master Tuner we offer stock ECU Remapping for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution & Colt, Nissan GT-R, Subaru Impreza and Toyota GT86. In addition to being an EcuTek Master Tuner, Indigo-GT is a Revo Authorised Dealer offering the complete range of Revo Performance Software and Hardware for Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Ford and Porsche. We're continuing to develop our own range of ECU Software under the brand IGT-R, using our CMD Interface, we're able to offer remapping for approximately 90% of vehicles including BMW and Mercedes (the full list of vehicle manufacturers we support can be found in the IGT-R section). For our motorsport customers, we offer comprehensive calibration on a range of aftermarket ECU's including MoTec and Syvecs, Indigo-GT is a Link Electronics dealer offering the complete range of both plug-in & wire-in ECU's and related hardware. The following links will take you to our dedicated software brands, we've also included answers to some frequently asked questions but as always, if your unable to find an answer to your questions below, don't hesitate to contact us.

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WHAT IS REMAPPING?

If you're reading this you've probably already heard the word remapping but you may not understand what the process entails, modern vehicles are fitted with an ECU (Engine Control Unit), this is essentially a computer that reads real time information from various sensors and responds accordingly by adjusting air fuel ratio, ignition timing, torque requests, boost pressure, etc, the list is quite extensive. The operation of your vehicles ECU including how it responds to the various inputs is controlled by software written by the vehicle manufacturer. By remapping the vehicles ECU, we are essentially replacing the software from the manufacturer with the aim of improving the vehicles overall performance by optimising various parameters (air fuel ratio, boost pressure etc) within the ECU. The important point to note if you're considering having your car remapped is that not all remaps are the same, there are good remaps and there are bad remaps, ultimately it all comes down to the knowledge, experience and competence of the company that's creating the software for your ECU. We pride ourselves on our real world motorsport derived experience supported by our extensive and continuous in-house development, we aren't just a backstreet garage with a laptop, we're professionals and this is what we do.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

The length of time required to remap your vehicle varies greatly, vehicles being remapped using EcuTek require anywhere from one to four hours, Revo Software usually requires up to two hours, that includes data logging at setup. Our IGT-R Software varies, if we're able to remap your vehicle via the OBD port, this may require up to two hours, for vehicles that require ECU removal, we typically require up to four hours.

WILL IT IMPROVE MY MPG?

Improving fuel consumption is one of the most popular reasons our customers choose when deciding to have their vehicle remapped, ultimately this does come down to your driving style but if you have a turbo diesel vehicle, gains of up to 10% are easily achievable, this stems from the increased torque which inherently means the engine just isn't as laboured and you'll find yourself being able to get into a higher gear sooner and not have to change to a lower gear as often. In our own development BMW 530D a number of years ago, we saw the mpg increase from 38.9mpg to 44.5mpg on an equivalent run.

MY VEHICLE HAS ALREADY BEEN REMAPPED, CAN YOU STILL REMAP IT?

If the vehicle is fitted with an ECU we support then yes, we are able to overwrite the software that's already present with our own, this is a service known as Map Correction, something we do quite often when customers have their vehicles remapped by a third party and just aren't satisfied with the results. Our favourite example of this was a BMW 123D that came to us in May 2016, it had been remapped by a local competitor measuring just 220bhp & 290lbft on our dyno, with our IGT-R ECU Remap, the same vehicle then made 260bhp & 350lbft proving the difference a good remap can make, we have a saying in the industry, cheap remaps are never good and good remaps are never cheap, do it once, do it properly.

WILL MY VEHICLE BE REMAPPED ON THE DYNO?

We have our own in-house AWD Chassis Dynamometer, a Dynocom Industries AWD 5000 which is rated up to 1200bhp per axle. Our dyno (or rolling road) is an incredibly useful tool for us as a tuning company allowing us to measure bhp and torque but it is not a prerequisite of us being able to remap your vehicle, as such we provide dyno power runs as an optional service which attracts an additional charge. We are unable to run certain vehicles on our dyno due to weight/size restrictions or traction control and power delivery anomalies.

I'M EXPERIENCING DPF AND/OR EGR PROBLEMS, CAN YOU RECTIFY THESE FAULTS?

Providing your vehicle is fitted with an ECU that we're able to remap then yes we can, DPF and EGR faults are incredibly common on turbo diesel cars and often lead to incredibly high bills, a new DPF can cost up to £1500 and there's always the possibility it will have to be replaced again, we offer a complete solution to both of these common faults, for a quote simply contact us

DO I NEED TO TELL MY INSURANCE COMPANY?

Yes, although Indigo-GT will not willingly reveal any details to third parties regarding the services provided to our customers, an ECU Remap is a modification, as such you are legally required to inform your insurance company.

CAN THE REMAP BE UNDONE?

Yes, where vehicles have been remapped by Indigo-GT, we retain the ability to reinstall the stock ECU software, this attracts a charge based on our hourly labour rate. This service may be useful if you are selling the vehicle or it's being returned to the main dealer which brings us neatly onto our next question. 

MY VEHICLE IS UNDER WARRANTY, IS THE REMAP UNDETECTABLE?

The short answer is no, an ECU Remap is not undetectable, should your vehicle be returned to the main dealer, basic ECU functions will still operate as normal as all our software is based on the original manufacturer file, the ECU will ID and complete a DTC check as normal, however, should your vehicle be taken for a test drive, the improved performance will be noticeable. Main dealer tools are becoming more advanced and some, in particular VAG online dealer tools, are able to identify modified ECU software. For more information on how an ECU Remap may effect your warranty, we'd advise you to consult the terms and conditions of your vehicle specific manufacturers warranty.