STANDALONE ECU TUNING
Many race cars and bikes start life as a production vehicle and although it is sometimes possible to re-tune or ‘flash’ the standard ECU (Engine Control Unit), having a standalone ECU is always the best way to ensure maximum performance from your engine. All standalone management systems available from Owen Developments utilise data logging – this is an invaluable function and rarely if ever available in an OE system. Using this function, multiple vital engine control parameters can be monitored and viewed in the comfort of your pit garage, office or home, rather than trying to watch a computer screen whilst driving at high speed – not advisable in any instance. Anti-lag, traction control and pit lane speed limiting GPS compensation are just a few functions that a high end stand-alone ECUs can offer that are not available or impossible to achieve effectively on an OE based system.
At the budget end of the ECU market there are units that will run an engine well on a basic level, however the number of sensors which can be monitored are very limited by comparison to standalone ECUs. Also the types of crankshaft trigger patterns can be inadequate, often requiring major engineering work to allow these systems to function