The Art of Tuning

Dyno tuning is an art no matter what anyone tells you. Each vehicle is unique even off of the showroom floor and they have their differences. Though they may be minor, they are still differences. Small aspects such as production date and the tooling used will create slight differences during the build process; while temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, fuel quality, and the brand of fuel being used will all affect the vehicle when driving. The one key factor that creates the largest difference is the driver behind the wheel. Everyone is different and everyone has their own unique way of driving and that is our focus point when we customize a tune.

Taking every aspect into consideration and planning for the worse is usually how one would create what is called a base map, shelf map, or OEM (original equipment manufacturer) map. Though these maps work well for the standard vehicle, this usually leaves quite a bit of room on the table in regards to fuel economy, torque, and power. Of course adjusting simple things such as ignition advance, fuel control and air flow to the engine will allow for improvements and create a larger horsepower or torque number. It does not necessarily take into account the potential of the vehicle, atmospheric conditions or the varying styles of driving each person experiences.

A customized map not only offers improved power and torque figures on a dyno chart but also takes into account the driveability of the vehicle on and off the track. The final dyno numbers are only a small part of any tune we provide as we also take into account your particular driving style and the true ability of the vehicle. Small things such as engine response out of a corner in any gear under any load and any atmospheric condition are considered when tuning a vehicle. While varying loads of throttle input offer a much wider foot to throttle control, not just an ON/OFF switch but a system for dialing in those corners at the track or determining the friction point of your tires; cold, warm or hot.

We believe consistency, reliability, and smoothness are what make for a winning combination more so than anything else. Note we did not say power or torque as we have created custom tunes with less peak power but a smoother, more controllable and consistent feel which makes for a tune that not only wins on the track but off of the track. As with anything, as the electronics of the world advance so must the professional tuners and our staff continue to grow through education, firsthand experience, and listening to the customers’ requests so we may apply, develop and customize a tune for your vehicle that is truly a work of art.