Elite Drive Power Module FAQs - Elitedrive Australia

ELITEDRIVE POWER MODULES

What is an Elitedrive Power Module?

The Power Module intercepts your vehicle’s drive data and in real time is able to adjust your tune to match that of a real world dyno derived performance tune carried out on a vehicle exactly like yours. A dyno run is carried out, and 5 real world tunes are developed from mild to maximum.

Those 5 tunes are then tested to make sure air/fuel ratio’s and exhaust gas temps are all within manufacturer’s specifications. Power gains are generated by applying dynamic fuel rail tuning while simultaneously making available up to 3psi more boost which will bring your engine to life.

The optimizations applied in each map improve engine power and enhance performance that results in fuel savings and a much more enjoyable drive.

Will the Power Module cause excess wear on an engine?

The Power Module is designed to work within the factory tolerances and design specifications of your engine, requiring no hardware upgrades for successful results.

Our default maps do not excessively raise maximum fuel rail pressure, preventing wear on the vehicle’s fuel system (fuel pump and injectors). There should be no issues if the engine being tuned is mechanically sound.

What power and torque gains can I expect?

Every engine responds uniquely when tuned and results will vary across different mileages, but you can expect up to 30% gains in power and torque at various locations across the rev range.

30%? Is this my Vehicle’s Maximum Power figures +30%?

We claim up to 30% more power and torque at various locations across the rev range but this is not to be confused with adding 30% over the peak power of an engine.

Nissan NP300 Dyno with Elitedrive Module

For example, a Nissan NP300 gains 70Nm over peak torque which is around 16% above original. However at 2380rpm, there is an additional 142Nm created over the standard power level, giving you a full 48% gain in torque at this location in the rev range. While we claim up to 30% more power and torque, we very often deliver much more than this, but these gains are always well within the capabilities and reserves of your engine and transmission.

Tuned torque peaks at 2380rpm producing 465Nm. This is a 142Nm gain on
stock at this point in the rev range. This tuned torque holds at least 63Nm gain over stock until the end of the run.

We cannot safely add 30% more power and torque over the original “Peak” power figures but our power gains are made as soon as boost is generated and results are felt across the whole rev range, not just up top, and all these results are achieved with no hardware changes required.

Nissan NP300 Dyno with Elitedrive Module

ELITEDRIVE POWER MODULES

What is an Elitedrive Power Module?

The Power Module intercepts your vehicle’s drive data and in real time is able to adjust your tune to match that of a real world dyno derived performance tune carried out on a vehicle exactly like yours. A dyno run is carried out, and 5 real world tunes are developed from mild to maximum.

Those 5 tunes are then tested to make sure air/fuel ratio’s and exhaust gas temps are all within manufacturer’s specifications. Power gains are generated by applying dynamic fuel rail tuning while simultaneously making available up to 3psi more boost which will bring your engine to life.

The optimizations applied in each map improve engine power and enhance performance that results in fuel savings and a much more enjoyable drive.

Will the Power Module cause excess wear on an engine?

The Power Module is designed to work within the factory tolerances and design specifications of your engine, requiring no hardware upgrades for successful results.

Our default maps do not excessively raise maximum fuel rail pressure, preventing wear on the vehicle’s fuel system (fuel pump and injectors). There should be no issues if the engine being tuned is mechanically sound.

What power and torque gains can I expect?

Every engine responds uniquely when tuned and results will vary across different mileages, but you can expect up to 30% gains in power and torque at various locations across the rev range.

30%? Is this my Vehicle’s Maximum Power figures +30%?

We claim up to 30% more power and torque at various locations across the rev range but this is not to be confused with adding 30% over the peak power of an engine.

For example, a Nissan NP300 gains 70Nm over peak torque which is around 16% above original. However at 2380rpm, there is an additional 142Nm created over the standard power level, giving you a full 48% gain in torque at this location in the rev range. While we claim up to 30% more power and torque, we very often deliver much more than this, but these gains are always well within the capabilities and reserves of your engine and transmission.

Tuned torque peaks at 2380rpm producing 465Nm. This is a 142Nm gain on
stock at this point in the rev range. This tuned torque holds at least 63Nm gain over stock until the end of the run.

We cannot safely add 30% more power and torque over the original “Peak” power figures but our power gains are made as soon as boost is generated and results are felt across the whole rev range, not just up top, and all these results are achieved with no hardware changes required.

TUNING GAINS & ADJUSTMENTS

Why do other tuning products claim higher power gains?

Many sellers of chips and power modules claim incredible power gains that are well beyond what a tune will produce without extensive hardware upgrades. You must also consider that higher power figures are not always necessarily better. Typing a larger number does not make a tuner more skilled, but it might make them more irresponsible. At Elitedrive, our focus is real world reliable gains, and we are very careful about not pushing components too hard. We have an excellent track record, and have never had an engine prematurely fail with one of our retail products.

Is this considered Live Tuning?

The Power Module is reading information in real time from your fuel rail and boost sensors, adapting the fueling signal based on the Power Map selected, and sending the modified signal out in real time. This means your vehicle is being constantly tuned as you drive.

Do EliteDrive Power Modules save fuel?

The Power Module creates more power and torque at lower revs, allowing you to drive in a higher gear than normal, using less fuel for the same workload. The byproduct of this is a fuel saving, especially driving on the motorway using a constant throttle.

Should I change Power Maps to change driving situations?

Every Power Map will offer a different shape to the power. However we suggest installing with the standard Map C, setting 6 as this is an ideal setting to promote low/midrange power gains along with economy benefits for most vehicles. Any changes from standard should be gradual and tested.

Should I change Power Maps to change driving situations?

Every Power Map will offer a different shape to the power. However we suggest installing with the standard Map C, setting 6 as this is an ideal setting to promote low/midrange power gains along with economy benefits for most vehicles. Any changes from standard should be gradual and tested.

Can the driver make adjustments as required?

The Power Module allows you to choose between 5 different Power Maps ranging from Mild to Maximum Power. We send the Power Module out on Map C, intensity setting 6 which covers most vehicles with a nice mix of power and economy benefits.

Elitedrive Power Module Tuning and Adjustments

*When adjusting the unit you should adjust it one setting at a time.
For example, move from setting 5 to setting 6 then test the car and see how it drives. If you need more performance move on to the next map (eg B to C). It is not sensible to move to a high power map (E) without testing the intermediate maps or fine adjustments first (1-9). If you adjust the numbered dial up too high, your car may enter limp mode by triggering the fuel rail pressure sensor. If this happens, turn the numbered dial down and test again.

TUNING GAINS & ADJUSTMENTS

Why do other tuning products claim higher power gains?

Many sellers of chips and power modules claim incredible power gains that are well beyond what a tune will produce without extensive hardware upgrades. You must also consider that higher power figures are not always necessarily better. Typing a larger number does not make a tuner more skilled, but it might make them more irresponsible. At Elitedrive, our focus is real world reliable gains, and we are very careful about not pushing components too hard. We have an excellent track record, and have never had an engine prematurely fail with one of our retail products.

Is this considered Live Tuning?

The Power Module is reading information in real time from your fuel rail and boost sensors, adapting the fueling signal based on the Power Map selected, and sending the modified signal out in real time. This means your vehicle is being constantly tuned as you drive.

Do EliteDrive Power Modules save fuel?

The Power Module creates more power and torque at lower revs, allowing you to drive in a higher gear than normal, using less fuel for the same workload. The byproduct of this is a fuel saving, especially driving on the motorway using a constant throttle.

Should I change Power Maps to change driving situations?

Every Power Map will offer a different shape to the power. However we suggest installing with the standard Map C, setting 6 as this is an ideal setting to promote low/midrange power gains along with economy benefits for most vehicles. Any changes from standard should be gradual and tested.

Should I change Power Maps to change driving situations?

Every Power Map will offer a different shape to the power. However we suggest installing with the standard Map C, setting 6 as this is an ideal setting to promote low/midrange power gains along with economy benefits for most vehicles. Any changes from standard should be gradual and tested.

Can the driver make adjustments as required?

The Power Module allows you to choose between 5 different Power Maps ranging from Mild to Maximum Power. We send the Power Module out on Map C, intensity setting 6 which covers most vehicles with a nice mix of power and economy benefits.

Elitedrive Power Module Tuning and Adjustments

*When adjusting the unit you should adjust it one setting at a time.
For example, move from setting 5 to setting 6 then test the car and see how it drives. If you need more performance move on to the next map (eg B to C). It is not sensible to move to a high power map (E) without testing the intermediate maps or fine adjustments first (1-9). If you adjust the numbered dial up too high, your car may enter limp mode by triggering the fuel rail pressure sensor. If this happens, turn the numbered dial down and test again.

Plug and Play Tuning Installation

We have found that more than 90% of Power Modules sold are simply Plug & Play installs. Because we use 100% OEM quality connections, this allows our plugs to connect safely to your vehicle’s existing wiring loom and rail/fuel sensors. Most installs take under 20 minutes with a small delay to allow the vehicle to power down. There are very few vehicles that take longer than this for installation.

F.A.Q's We Get Asked

Can I set the Power Module to Map E, setting 9 for maximum power?

No. The Power Module has 5 Power Maps and 10 intensity settings so we can fine tune very old and very new vehicles. New vehicles may require running a lower Power Map such as Map B setting 5 until they reach 10,000kms when you can turn it up to C6 and test. Older engines will often take a much higher power setting because of the wear their fueling systems have endured over time.

If you turn the settings up too high, the fuel rail pressure relief valve may trigger and the vehicle will enter into safety (limp) mode. If this happens, turn the settings down again and retest.

Will Removing the Power Module, will it leave a trace of being fitted?

Unlike many other tuning product manufacturers on the market, our Power Modules require no modification to the wiring loom or connectors of your vehicle. If the Power Module is removed then the vehicle will return completely to its stock form.

Will the Power Module cause my car to emit black smoke?

Our Power Modules are mapped carefully so as to not over fuel and cause your vehicle to emit black smoke. If your vehicle did not smoke before, it should not smoke with the fitment of one of our Power Modules at the supplied setting.

Is the Power Module compatible with DPF/FAP particulate filters?

Yes. Our Power Modules are designed to work in harmony with your DPF and will not cause excessive regeneration.

If I am not happy with the performance, can I return for a refund?

Absolutely. We offer a 30 day money back guarantee on all our products, as well as a 2 year warranty as standard. However, if a customer allows, we prefer to problem solve where possible to achieve successful results.

Do I need a high flow exhaust or upgraded air filter / snorkel intake?

No. High flow exhaust will help extract hot exhaust gas temps, this is not as relevant with DPFs because they require high heat to regenerate. Power Module tunes are set so you can install with absolutely no intake or exhaust modifications, if you do make these modifications in future, the Power Module will make the most of those upgrades on higher map settings.

My vehicle isn't listed, what should I do?

We’re constantly updating our website to include new vehicles, however if you find a vehicle isn’t listed please drop us an Email us or call us, and we will provide information regarding compatibility and purchasing.

Is this legal in Australia to install?

The Elitedrive Power Module is an aftermarket accessory much like a bullbar, and it is fitted after being sold new. To the best of our knowledge, aftermarket accessories like a Power Module would not be covered by any State Government regulation.

Plug and Play Tuning Installation

We have found that more than 90% of Power Modules sold are simply Plug & Play installs. Because we use 100% OEM quality connections, this allows our plugs to connect safely to your vehicle’s existing wiring loom and rail/fuel sensors. Most installs take under 20 minutes with a small delay to allow the vehicle to power down. There are very few vehicles that take longer than this for installation.

About Elitedrive Performance Tuning
Save 15% On Fuel with Elitedrive

WHY SAVE JUST 10%?
WITH CAREFUL DRIVING YOU CAN SAVE 15%

The Power Module creates more torque at lower revs, guaranteeing you savings.
 Driven with economy benefits in mind, this allows for changing gears sooner and using higher gears than usual.

Save 15% On Fuel with Elitedrive

WHY SAVE JUST 10%?
WITH CAREFUL DRIVING YOU CAN SAVE 15%

The Power Module creates more torque at lower revs, guaranteeing you savings. Driven with economy benefits in mind, this allows for changing gears sooner and using higher gears than usual.

Warranty & Guarantee

Do I need to tell my Insurance company?

We suggest telling your insurance company to be 100% sure you are covered when tuned. While adding a petrol tuning module will often-times be viewed in a negative light by an insurance company because the end result is about faster acceleration and higher performance, a diesel doesn’t portray this type of image. We have only heard of positive feedback when telling insurance companies you have tuned for safer towing and better fuel economy.

Will this Power Module void my Warranty?

Like many aftermarket accessories, because you are changing the performance characteristics of the vehicle, if found, your Manufacturers Warranty is likely going to be voided. The benefit of the Power Module is that once removed, there is no trace left in the ECU the Power Module was ever installed. If you remove both the loom and Power Module before Warranty Servicing, you are 100% safe to have your vehicle serviced with no issues.

Do the tuning modules have a product warranty?

EliteDrive Guarantee’s that the Product you are purchasing is free from material defects and sub-standard workmanship.

We offer a full 5 Year Warranty applicable to the Original Purchaser.

Please contact us for any Warranty issues. We will rectify any problems asap.

What does the product warranty cover?

As per the Consumer Laws in Australia, we will Repair, Replace or Refund any Warranty claims. Most of the time an issue is due to a crimped cable or faulty connection, so a 100% replacement is offered, but EliteDrive will decide on the best solution on a case by case basis.

If the installation was not carried out correctly, or the Product was accidentally damaged during installation or operation, then the Warranty will not cover the damaged goods. Mis-use & abuse, accidental or deliberate damage is not covered.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?

We are 100% sure you will love the performance of your new Elitedrive Throttle Booster that we offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.

This means if you are not completely satisfied with the performance of this Product, and would like a refund, please contact us at Contact us if you have purchased via our websites and we will advise where to return the product in order to organize a full refund.

If you have purchased from an EliteDrive Dealer, please contact them directly and they will enact the Money Back Guarantee for your full refund.

Elitedrive 5 Year Power Module Warranty

Warranty & Guarantee

Do I need to tell my Insurance company?

We suggest telling your insurance company to be 100% sure you are covered when tuned. While adding a petrol tuning module will often-times be viewed in a negative light by an insurance company because the end result is about faster acceleration and higher performance, a diesel doesn’t portray this type of image. We have only heard of positive feedback when telling insurance companies you have tuned for safer towing and better fuel economy.

Will this Power Module void my Warranty?

Like many aftermarket accessories, because you are changing the performance characteristics of the vehicle, if found, your Manufacturers Warranty is likely going to be voided. The benefit of the Power Module is that once removed, there is no trace left in the ECU the Power Module was ever installed. If you remove both the loom and Power Module before Warranty Servicing, you are 100% safe to have your vehicle serviced with no issues.

Do the tuning modules have a product warranty?

EliteDrive Guarantee’s that the Product you are purchasing is free from material defects and sub-standard workmanship.

We offer a full 5 Year Warranty applicable to the Original Purchaser.

Please contact us for any Warranty issues. We will rectify any problems asap.

What does the product warranty cover?

As per the Consumer Laws in Australia, we will Repair, Replace or Refund any Warranty claims. Most of the time an issue is due to a crimped cable or faulty connection, so a 100% replacement is offered, but EliteDrive will decide on the best solution on a case by case basis.

If the installation was not carried out correctly, or the Product was accidentally damaged during installation or operation, then the Warranty will not cover the damaged goods. Mis-use & abuse, accidental or deliberate damage is not covered.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?

We are 100% sure you will love the performance of your new Elitedrive Throttle Booster that we offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.

This means if you are not completely satisfied with the performance of this Product, and would like a refund, please contact us at Contact us if you have purchased via our websites and we will advise where to return the product in order to organize a full refund.

If you have purchased from an EliteDrive Dealer, please contact them directly and they will enact the Money Back Guarantee for your full refund.

Elitedrive 5 Year Power Module Warranty

THE BURNING QUESTIONS
ABOUT VEHICLE MANUFACTURES

If Power Module Chip Tuning works so well…..
why don’t Car Makers do it too?

They do.
There are many models on the market from companies like Jaguar and BMW, where if you pay more money, you get more power from the same engine.

For example: 
The Jaguar 3.0 twin turbo XF Luxury model generates 500Nm,
while the Premium version with the same engine generates 600Nm.

Both engines feature the exact same hardware components and it’s only the software package that sets these engines apart.

So you can upgrade your engine power, available though a car dealer if you spend extra money for a different software package.

This means there’s a level of restriction applied across a huge range of vehicles that a Power Module can dramatically improve upon.

This also gives clarity regarding the safety of generating more power without the requirement for any hardware upgrades, because additional engine power is generally available through a dealer via the installation of new software alone.

2011 JAGUAR XF 3.0 TWIN-TURBO LUXURY - With OEM-Specs

OEM FACTORY SPECS

2011 XF JAGUAR 3.0 TWIN TURBO PREMIUM
241HP HORSEPOWER
177kw Kilowatts
500 Nm Torque

2011 JAGUAR XF 3.0 TWIN-TURBO LUXURY - With OEM-Specs

PREMIUM OEM SPECS

2011 XF JAGUAR 3.0 TWIN TURBO PREMIUM
275HP HORSEPOWER
202kw Kilowatts
600Nm Torque

THE BURNING QUESTIONS
ABOUT VEHICLE MANUFACTURES

2011 JAGUAR XF 3.0 TWIN-TURBO LUXURY - With OEM-Specs

OEM FACTORY SPECS

2011 XF JAGUAR 3.0 TWIN TURBO PREMIUM
241HP HORSEPOWER
177kw Kilowatts
500 Nm Torque

2011 JAGUAR XF 3.0 TWIN-TURBO LUXURY - With OEM-Specs

PREMIUM OEM SPECS

2011 XF JAGUAR 3.0 TWIN TURBO PREMIUM
275HP HORSEPOWER
202kw Kilowatts
600Nm Torque

If Power Module Chip Tuning works so well…..
why don’t Car Makers do it too?

They do.
There are many models on the market from companies like Jaguar and BMW, where if you pay more money, you get more power from the same engine.

For example: 
The Jaguar 3.0 twin turbo XF Luxury model generates 500Nm,
while the Premium version with the same engine generates 600Nm.

Both engines feature the exact same hardware components and it’s only the software package that sets these engines apart.

So you can upgrade your engine power, available though a car dealer if you spend extra money for a different software package.

This means there’s a level of restriction applied across a huge range of vehicles that a Power Module can dramatically improve upon.

This also gives clarity regarding the safety of generating more power without the requirement for any hardware upgrades, because additional engine power is generally available through a dealer via the installation of new software alone.

Elitedrive Power Module Tech Questions

INDEPTH TECHNICAL F.A.Q's

Why are Elitedrive Power Modules superior to the competition?

Most tuning kits on the market only connect to your fuel rail and alter your fuel rail pressure for power gains.

The downsides to running a single input tuning system are:
– Over-fueling which can result in black smoke
– Over-fueling causes your DPF to prematurely fill. Early replacement of
  this expensive item is the result.
– Over-fueling because there is no detection of turbo on/off transition
– Dangerously Hot Exhaust Gases from over-fueling during long drives
under constant heavy loads

and the list goes on…….put simply,
if a power module connects with ONE plug, it is inferior in every way to our tuning system.
But there are tuning kits on the market that also connect to the boost sensor. 

But there are tuning kits on the market that also connect to the boost sensor. How are yours different?

The few companies that connect to fuel rail and boost sensors do so in order to more accurately fuel during the turbo on/off transition, but they still rely solely on fuel rail pressure increases for power gains and do not make available up to 3psi more boost. There are a few that tune via pulse width expansion that connect to both rail and boost but these are often $1600+.

The Elitedrive Power Module takes information from your boost sensor and fuel rail sensor and is able to simultaneously raise both signals in order to keep your all important air-fuel ratio’s stable and within the Manufacturer’s specifications. This makes a massive improvement in performance over single input fuel rail only systems.

This additional connection allows a whole host of benefits. These include –
– Lower in cylinder temperatures.
– Lower exhaust gas temperatures.
– Better Fuel Economy.
– An almost identical to factory air/fuel ratio throughout the rev range.
– Lower particulate matter (soot).
– Higher torque and power throughout the entire rev range.

*Monitoring and increasing boost pressure isn’t necessarily about high performance or racing applications. Increasing fuel and boost in harmony is always the best approach if your budget allows.

There are kits on the market that change timing instead of available boost. What’s better?

The kits on the market that adjust timing (pulse width expansion) are often $1600+. As well as an obvious price difference, the way the power is generated is also very different.

Common rail injection systems do not run at a fixed pressure as standard. They use a variable pressure throughout the rev range. For example, a vehicle with an “1800bar” fuel system will at idle typically run only around 300bar fuel pressure. At 2000rpm at full throttle it might run 1000bar and at 4500rpm at full throttle it will get to somewhere in the region of 1700bar. Manufacturers rarely run fuel systems to their limit in order to give some future flexibility.

This means that at 2000rpm we have headroom to increase fuel pressure by up to 800bar without exceeding factory specs (clearly you would never go that far). Going through the rev range we can continue to increase fuel pressure without exceeding factory maximums. At the very top end of the rev range we can either keep the fuel pressure within factory maximums, or slightly increase them.

Our default maps tend to stay below the factory maximum limits unless the engine is very low mileage. Depending on fuel system type, we sometimes offer alternative maps that increase maximum fuel pressure slightly at the top end of the rev range. We have found that by taking this approach we can increase power and torque absolutely as much as necessary for almost the entire rev range. We are limited slightly at the very top of the rev range if we don’t choose to raise maximum fuel pressure, but this is not usually a problem for most vehicles or customers who are interested in reliability over all out power gains.

By using dynamic rail pressure tuning we inject the additional fuel in exactly the same window as the factory system does, maintaining efficiency, power and torque output.

Injector pulse width extension is often claimed to be better by manufacturers  and distributors of very expensive power modules. Whilst there are some advantages of this method, principally that you can add a huge amount of fuel at almost any point in the rev range, it does have some big drawbacks.

Adding pulse width injects fuel later in the stroke.
This means:
– There is less time available to burn the added fuel.
– The piston is further away when we are trying to increase cylinder pressure.      Trying to push something that is already accelerating away is inherently less efficient.
– Less efficiency means creating more heat for the same power increase.

When compared with dynamic rail pressure tuning,
This results in:
– Higher in-cylinder and exhaust gas temperatures. (bad for your engine)
– More smoke (bad for your DPF and the environment)
– Poorer fuel economy (bad for your bank balance)

The only way that it would be possible to improve upon this would be to change the start of injection to an earlier point before extending the pulse width (as you would when remapping the vehicle). Unfortunately this would be hugely complicated, and would require crankshaft (as well as camshaft) sensor input. No manufacturers are currently taking this approach.

We are not aware of any injector pulse width extending product that compare to Elitedrive Power Modules, that also increases boost pressure, which is fundamentally important in order to keep a balanced air/fuel ratio when injecting a large amount of additional fuel.

Elitedrive Power Modules features full boost control and does this by ensuring that boost pressure is increased to match the increase in fueling. It also actively monitors boost pressure as an input to get the best torque output whilst preventing smoke or over-fueling.

Ultimately whilst both methods have their pros and cons, rail pressure tuning has allowed us to get as much additional fuel as we require in 95% of situations. More fuel is injected in exactly the same window as standard and we don’t see a negative impact on fuel systems even after over 200,000 miles with our systems fitted to commercial vehicles during long term testing.

Adding pulse width injects fuel later in the stroke
This means:
– There is less time available to burn the added fuel.
– The piston is further away when we are trying to increase cylinder pressure. Trying to push something that is already accelerating away is inherently less efficient.
– Less efficiency means creating more heat for the same power increase.

When compared with dynamic rail pressure tuning
This results in:
– Higher in-cylinder and exhaust gas temperatures. (bad for your engine)
– More smoke (bad for your DPF and the environment)
– Poorer fuel economy (bad for your bank balance)

The only way that it would be possible to improve upon this would be to change the start of injection to an earlier point before extending the pulse width (as you would when remapping the vehicle). Unfortunately this would be hugely complicated, and would require crankshaft (as well as camshaft) sensor input. No manufacturers are currently taking this approach.

We are not aware of any injector pulse width extending product that compare to our Elitedrive Power Modules, that also increases boost pressure, which is fundamentally important in order to keep a balanced air/fuel ratio when injecting a large amount of additional fuel. Elitedrive Power Module features full boost control and does this by ensuring that boost pressure is increased to match the increase in fueling. It also actively monitors boost pressure as an input to get the best torque output whilst preventing smoke or over-fueling.

Ultimately whilst both methods have their pros and cons, rail pressure tuning has allowed us to get as much additional fuel as we require in 95% of situations. More fuel is injected in exactly the same window as standard and we don’t see a negative impact on fuel systems even after over 200,000 miles with our systems fitted to commercial vehicles during long term testing.

INDEPTH TECHNICAL F.A.Q's

Why are Elitedrive Power Modules superior to the competition?

Most tuning kits on the market only connect to your fuel rail and alter your fuel rail pressure for power gains.

The downsides to running a single input tuning system are:
– Over-fueling which can result in black smoke
– Over-fueling causes your DPF to prematurely fill. Early replacement of
  this expensive item is the result.
– Over-fueling because there is no detection of turbo on/off transition
– Dangerously Hot Exhaust Gases from over-fueling during long drives
under constant heavy loads

and the list goes on…….put simply,
if a power module connects with ONE plug, it is inferior in every way to our tuning system.
But there are tuning kits on the market that also connect to the boost sensor. 

But there are tuning kits on the market that also connect to the boost sensor. How are yours different?

The few companies that connect to fuel rail and boost sensors do so in order to more accurately fuel during the turbo on/off transition, but they still rely solely on fuel rail pressure increases for power gains and do not make available up to 3psi more boost. There are a few that tune via pulse width expansion that connect to both rail and boost but these are often $1600+.

The Elitedrive Power Module takes information from your boost sensor and fuel rail sensor and is able to simultaneously raise both signals in order to keep your all important air-fuel ratio’s stable and within the Manufacturer’s specifications. This makes a massive improvement in performance over single input fuel rail only systems.

This additional connection allows a whole host of benefits. These include –
– Lower in cylinder temperatures.
– Lower exhaust gas temperatures.
– Better Fuel Economy.
– An almost identical to factory air/fuel ratio throughout the rev range.
– Lower particulate matter (soot).
– Higher torque and power throughout the entire rev range.

*Monitoring and increasing boost pressure isn’t necessarily about high performance or racing applications. Increasing fuel and boost in harmony is always the best approach if your budget allows.

There are kits on the market that change timing instead of available boost. What’s better?

The kits on the market that adjust timing (pulse width expansion) are often $1600+. As well as an obvious price difference, the way the power is generated is also very different.

Common rail injection systems do not run at a fixed pressure as standard. They use a variable pressure throughout the rev range. For example, a vehicle with an “1800bar” fuel system will at idle typically run only around 300bar fuel pressure. At 2000rpm at full throttle it might run 1000bar and at 4500rpm at full throttle it will get to somewhere in the region of 1700bar. Manufacturers rarely run fuel systems to their limit in order to give some future flexibility.

This means that at 2000rpm we have headroom to increase fuel pressure by up to 800bar without exceeding factory specs (clearly you would never go that far). Going through the rev range we can continue to increase fuel pressure without exceeding factory maximums. At the very top end of the rev range we can either keep the fuel pressure within factory maximums, or slightly increase them.

Our default maps tend to stay below the factory maximum limits unless the engine is very low mileage. Depending on fuel system type, we sometimes offer alternative maps that increase maximum fuel pressure slightly at the top end of the rev range. We have found that by taking this approach we can increase power and torque absolutely as much as necessary for almost the entire rev range. We are limited slightly at the very top of the rev range if we don’t choose to raise maximum fuel pressure, but this is not usually a problem for most vehicles or customers who are interested in reliability over all out power gains.

By using dynamic rail pressure tuning we inject the additional fuel in exactly the same window as the factory system does, maintaining efficiency, power and torque output.

Injector pulse width extension is often claimed to be better by manufacturers  and distributors of very expensive power modules. Whilst there are some advantages of this method, principally that you can add a huge amount of fuel at almost any point in the rev range, it does have some big drawbacks.

Adding pulse width injects fuel later in the stroke.
This means:
– There is less time available to burn the added fuel.
– The piston is further away when we are trying to increase cylinder pressure.      Trying to push something that is already accelerating away is inherently less efficient.
– Less efficiency means creating more heat for the same power increase.

When compared with dynamic rail pressure tuning,
This results in:
– Higher in-cylinder and exhaust gas temperatures. (bad for your engine)
– More smoke (bad for your DPF and the environment)
– Poorer fuel economy (bad for your bank balance)

The only way that it would be possible to improve upon this would be to change the start of injection to an earlier point before extending the pulse width (as you would when remapping the vehicle). Unfortunately this would be hugely complicated, and would require crankshaft (as well as camshaft) sensor input. No manufacturers are currently taking this approach.

We are not aware of any injector pulse width extending product that compare to Elitedrive Power Modules, that also increases boost pressure, which is fundamentally important in order to keep a balanced air/fuel ratio when injecting a large amount of additional fuel.

Elitedrive Power Modules features full boost control and does this by ensuring that boost pressure is increased to match the increase in fueling. It also actively monitors boost pressure as an input to get the best torque output whilst preventing smoke or over-fueling.

Ultimately whilst both methods have their pros and cons, rail pressure tuning has allowed us to get as much additional fuel as we require in 95% of situations. More fuel is injected in exactly the same window as standard and we don’t see a negative impact on fuel systems even after over 200,000 miles with our systems fitted to commercial vehicles during long term testing.

Adding pulse width injects fuel later in the stroke
This means:
– There is less time available to burn the added fuel.
– The piston is further away when we are trying to increase cylinder pressure. Trying to push something that is already accelerating away is inherently less efficient.
– Less efficiency means creating more heat for the same power increase.

When compared with dynamic rail pressure tuning
This results in:
– Higher in-cylinder and exhaust gas temperatures. (bad for your engine)
– More smoke (bad for your DPF and the environment)
– Poorer fuel economy (bad for your bank balance)

The only way that it would be possible to improve upon this would be to change the start of injection to an earlier point before extending the pulse width (as you would when remapping the vehicle). Unfortunately this would be hugely complicated, and would require crankshaft (as well as camshaft) sensor input. No manufacturers are currently taking this approach.

We are not aware of any injector pulse width extending product that compare to our Elitedrive Power Modules, that also increases boost pressure, which is fundamentally important in order to keep a balanced air/fuel ratio when injecting a large amount of additional fuel. Elitedrive Power Module features full boost control and does this by ensuring that boost pressure is increased to match the increase in fueling. It also actively monitors boost pressure as an input to get the best torque output whilst preventing smoke or over-fueling.

Ultimately whilst both methods have their pros and cons, rail pressure tuning has allowed us to get as much additional fuel as we require in 95% of situations. More fuel is injected in exactly the same window as standard and we don’t see a negative impact on fuel systems even after over 200,000 miles with our systems fitted to commercial vehicles during long term testing.

ECU REMAP  “VS”  POWER MODULES

Understanding the differences

POWER TUNING MODULE

Vehicle Power Modules

A tuning box or Power Module is a physical piece of hardware that provides very similar modifications to the cars mapping values. However, instead of modifying the vehicles ECU software, this is left alone and the power module plugs into the cars wiring loom. This enables the power module to modify the signals from the ECU in real time, meaning that if the power module were to be removed, the vehicle returns back to 100% standard. This is ideal for when others drive the vehicle, or you are selling your vehicle.

ECU VEHICLE REMAP TUNING

ECU Remap Tuning

A remap is a modification to the cars factory ECU (engine control unit) by which the values of the engine mapping are changed at various points to improve power and/or fuel economy. A good remap is carried out on a rolling road, where the re-mapper uses a computer to reprogram your ECU with new software. When selling the vehicle, you will sell your tune along with it.

ECU REMAP  “VS”  POWER MODULES

Understanding the differences

POWER MODULE / TUNING BOX

Vehicle Power Modules

A tuning box or Power Module is a physical piece of hardware that provides very similar modifications to the cars mapping values. However, instead of modifying the vehicles ECU software, this is left alone and the power module plugs into the cars wiring loom. This enables the power module to modify the signals from the ECU in real time, meaning that if the power module were to be removed, the vehicle returns back to 100% standard. This is ideal for when others drive the vehicle, or you are selling your vehicle.

ECU VEHICLE REMAP TUNING

ECU Remap Tuning

A remap is a modification to the cars factory ECU (engine control unit) by which the values of the engine mapping are changed at various points to improve power and/or fuel economy. A good remap is carried out on a rolling road, where the re-mapper uses a computer to reprogram your ECU with new software. When selling the vehicle, you will sell your tune along with it.

COMPARING SETUP PROCESSES

Understanding the differences

POWER MODULE  SETUP PROCESS

Remove Engine Cover

A tuning box or Power Module is installed by connecting the unit to sensors in your engine bay.

Fuel Rail Sensor

Depending on the type of engine and the Power Module in use, these sensors

can include common rail fuel pressure, boost, CAM and MAP sensors.

Pluging in Boost Sensor

Power Modules are supplied with 100% OEM connectors and offer a simple
plug and play install.

20 Minute Simple Plug and Play Installation

On most vehicles, a Power Module is a DIY solution and installation is often completed in under 20 minutes.

VEHCILE ECU SETUP PROCESS

Vehicle ECU Tuning Step1

Many cars can be remapped by connecting a computer via the cars OBD port and copying a mapping file across to the ECU.

Opening the Vehicle ECU

There are also many cars that require the ECU to
be removed from the vehicle
and opened to be mapped in a workshop.

Vehicle ECU Tuning Computer with Probes

There are also many cars that require the ECU to
be removed from the vehicle
and opened to be mapped in a workshop.

Remaping a ECU with a Computer

This involves opening the ECU and connecting a computer using probes
linked directly to the circuit board. This is often referred to as bench tuning. Remaps should be carried out by a trained technician and is not a DIY solution.

Common ECU “VS Power Module Setup Questions

Are there any risks with the ECU Mapping setup?

Mapping an engine via the OBD port carries very little risk of physical damage, the biggest risk is the file that is being programmed. Many mobile mappers who use this method, often purchase generic map files from internet suppliers. If the file is not suitable for your engine, you could see performance and reliability issues.

Opening a Vehicle ECU

Bench tuning carries the same risks as OBD tuning but also has a risk of physical damage. ECU’s are not intended to be opened and so to access the circuit board, ECU’s need to be prized open or even drilled into. Not only does this risk damaging the internal components but any signs of damage or tampering with your ECU will 100% void any warranty on the vehicle.

Another risk to remapping is manufacturer software updates. It is quite common that manufacturers will release software updates. An update is applied by flashing the ECU with the latest software files, this will overwrite any remap and return the engine to stock mapping.

Is it difficult to install a Power Module?

There are 3 simple steps to installing a Power Module.
1. Turn off your engine and let the ECU power down.
2. Connect the supplied wiring harness to the specified sensors and connect the Power Module.
3. Route the wiring loom away from any moving parts or parts that may get excessively hot, such as the EGR pipe.

If you disconnect a sensor whilst your ECU is powered up, you may get an engine management light on your dashboard. This error will clear on its own after a few warm up and cool down cycles or can be removed with a fault code reader.

The only other risk is the potential to damage a connector. It’s rare that this happens but we do advise users to use the harness supplied with your box to familiarize yourself with the connectors and how the locking tabs engage.

What if I change my mind?

A remap is a permanent modification of your ECU. It’s permanent in the sense that the user is unable to put the car back to stock mapping. In order to have your factory mapping restored, you would need to schedule another appointment with the engine mapper. Extra time and cost is involved.

A power module tunes the engine by using live signals from the applicable sensors and will tune the car as long as the power module is installed. That means that if you decide to return your car to stock mapping, you simply remove the harness and module from your engine, or with our Power Modules, simply replace the connection to the Power Module with the provided bypass plug.

Which is Better?

Customers often ask why they should pick a Power Module over a remap or vice versa. The most important point to make is : not all diesel power modules are the same. Similarly not all remaps are the same. Which one is right for you is entirely dependent on your personal requirements.

Both high quality diesel Power Modules and high quality remaps can give very good results, but the benefits are obvious for a Power Module.

A Power Module allows you to adjust the tune, transfer the Module to a new vehicle in future and costs substantially less than a remap, while offering all the benefits.

ELITEDRIVE TUNING MODULE RANGE

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ELITEDRIVE DIESEL POWER MODULE

Because every Diesel Power Module is programmed specifically for your engine, based on a Dyno Derived tune, you’ll enjoy more power every time you come out of a corner, or take off from a green light. 

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ELITEDRIVE PETROL POWER MODULE

Feel the power come in sooner and last for longer, as well as a shove in the midrange you’ll quickly get addicted to. Drive the car you always wanted by adding up to 30% More Power and Torque across the rev range.

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ELITEDRIVE ECONOMY MODULE

The EliteDrive Economy Module has been developed and programmed to provide additional torque to a safe and reliable level. This delivers significant fuel economy benefits creating more torque with less revs.

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ELITEDRIVE DIESEL POWER MODULE

Because every Diesel Power Module is programmed specifically for your engine, based on a Dyno Derived tune, you’ll enjoy more power every time you come out of a corner, or take off from a green light. 

Click “Select your vehicle” to purchase your Elitedrive Diesel Power Module

SELECT YOUR VEHICLE
Elitedrive Petrol Power Module - Elitedrive Australia

ELITEDRIVE PETROL POWER MODULE

Feel the power come in sooner and last for longer, as well as a shove in the midrange you’ll quickly get addicted to. Drive the car you always wanted by adding up to 30% More Power and Torque across the rev range.

Click “Select your vehicle” to purchase your Elitedrive Petrol Power Module

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Elitedrive Economy Module - Elitedrive Australia

ELITEDRIVE ECONOMY MODULE

The EliteDrive Economy Module has been developed and programmed to provide additional torque to a safe and reliable level. This delivers significant fuel economy benefits creating more torque with less revs.

Click “Select your vehicle” to purchase your Elitedrive Economy Power Module

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STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Reach out to us as we are here to help with your questions
and concerns with ordering and installing a Elitedrive Power Module.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Reach out to us as we are here to help with your questions and concerns with ordering and installing a Elitedrive Power Module.