Tuning your vehicle properly went hand in glove with towing a caravan in years gone by and many an “experienced” caravan enthusiast will remember the days of getting the timing and mixtures adjusted to ensure their next trip was without issues and the vehicle ran as efficient as possible during the towing journey. This desire for improved fuel consumptions and towing performance led to the formation of the Dastek group and consequently Unichip in South Africa who supply a piggyback system that can be installed on any vehicle with an ECU.
What this means is that the Unichip does not permanently change or reprogram the inputs from your vehicle’s electronic control unit (ECU). The system simply intercepts the signals, changes them as required and sends them to the various engine components allowing for improved performance.
The Unichip was the world’s first and original piggyback computer that has been ongoing in development for almost 30 years, the first Unichip was developed by Pieter de Weerdt in the early 90’s for normally aspirated petrol engines, something that till this day cannot be optimally tuned by most competing chip/tuning companies. Today the Unichip can be used on almost every modern-day vehicle to optimally tune the engine.
Its no secret that over time vehicles tend to lose power and experience diminished efficiency. The big question is what can this loss of power be attributed to? It can be chalked up to age, wear and tear on components and various other factors that inhibit performance. For these reasons alone Unichip is able to enhance performance through careful tuning.
Optimised tuning is what Dastek and its network of trained dealers in South Africa offer the regular camping and caravan enthusiast for their tow vehicles. When the Unichip is connected to your vehicle (wired in, Plug & Play or with a EasyConnect harness), a skilled technician will monitor temperatures, emissions and power, to ensure optimum and efficient engine performance.
Why does the factory not optimally tune the vehicle when it was built? Well, a vehicle is typically mass produced with little time set aside for optimal engine tuning, and this is exacerbated as the vehicle gets on in age. On occasion dirty fuels, lack of regular maintenance and servicing plays a part in the loss of engine efficiency and for these reasons, Unichip is there to offer you effective engine management and tuning.
So, is the Unichip technician smarter than all the motor manufacturers and all their engineers? Not at all, but your Unichip technician has more local information, insight into fuel quality and understands the prevailing climatic conditions that play a part in engine performance, especially when using a tow vehicle. With this data and the Unichip’s ability to fine tune the vehicle’s signals, it’s clear that it will optimize the engine’s performance.