One of the tuners, Audi Performance and Racing, is the manufacturer of the chip in my other car, a VW Golf 1.8T. It's nice they got a plug. Technologically, they seem to be one of the companies on the forefront of the trade.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by asian01:<BR><B>What next...<BR>Hacking on musical instruments with computers...<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Done that..since the onset of MIDI in the early 80s. Not a real piano of course but most professional synths. I had a Yamaha DX7 in 1985 that was modded by a company (can't remember their name) but they doubled the available patches and gave it more memory. <P>
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>When he is done adding a couple of hundred horsepower to a Ford Mustang, his eyes may be a little glazed, but his shirt is spotless and his fingernails are grease-free.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>If this guy can get "a couple hundred horsepower" out of my car with just a chip he must be a miracle worker. Chips will work well on Mustangs to fine-tune a heavily modded car and get it to run well. However, it is not possible to add "a couple hundred" horsepower to a Mustang (or anything else that I know of) without getting your hands dirty <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif"><P><BR>The gain from a reprogrammed chip on a stock N/A car is almost never worth it.<P>It's worth it on turbo cars where the ECU controlls the boost, but to gain 5-10hp on a N/A engine for $500 is hardly worth it.<P>Heck, even the reprogram on the WRX doesn't seem worth it. According to that article, it costs over $1000 to reprogram the car to make more boost. I know a guy who did that with a manual valve that probably cost no more than $2, which he installed on the wastegate actuater hose.<P>
While his figures may sound large, an ECU on a turbocharged car can be highly rewarding. However, any mod you do, you need to understand the ramifications and the potential stress it may put on the car.<P>On modern, drive by wire cars, you need to do more than dial up boost also. Older turbocharged cars are fairly easy to mod, but that's not the case on a new car where the ECU virtually controls everything.