When I bought the V-Cross, I knew this is one vehicle which would require a build up and remap was one of things this vehicle is apt, 134 bhp from a 2.5 litre engine sounds puny.No prizes for guessing why the land cruisers last forever, big brawny but under tuned engines giving it a very very long life!
So when i started researching on remaps, there were so many options right from boxes which fool the ECU to full fledged remapping, My need was really simple, i need a conservative remap of around 20% and not a piggyback box - the market is full of dealers and vendors claiming whatever number that comes to their mind. After speaking to a few(wont take names) , i realized the whole game is mine is bigger than you! Its a crazy thing people with no technical knowledge whatsoever claiming 40-50% improvement - i needed someone sane here and who knows his stuff!
I had my trysts with remaps in the UK and was fairly comfortable with the process including blowing head gaskets. Most tools available operate on a similar principal, some are for novice users , some require fairly dense grey cells.
Some of the commonly seen tools are :-
etc etc the list is very long with so many cheap clones available too which you should stay away from!
Alientech is probably the most common tool seen and also popularly referred as Kess V2 - most tuners in India use this. And in most cases barring few its used in a master-slave mode. Slaves can only read and write and do not have any capability to actually tune, Tuning is done remotely using a different software by a experienced tuner and he sends the the tuned file to the slave operator.
In case Alientech suite they have Kess V2 (slave software) and other items like K-TAG, ECU Titanium, Power gate 3. ECU Titanium is the key software which actually gives the ability for an experienced tuner to tune and change parameters across injection, turbo pressure, advance, torque, limiters etc etc. The parameters available for tuning vary based on the manufacturer and vehicle. Only the most experienced tuner should touch this aspect. Be extremely careful of new players who cite major improvements along with a complimentary bust engine(and not just the engine) eventually.
Coming back to why I chose Pete's it was simply his attitude towards safety
- he has been oldest around in India when it comes to tuning with nearly 13 years experience. He/his team came across as someone who would rather not do it than risk a car and cares a donkeys arse about running the power/torque rat race which is pretty common amidst tuners (no not generalizing , they are other good ones too!)!
He knows his stuff well when coming to this side of the business and apart of tuning they have many other competencies including supercharging, stage 2/stage 3 upgrades etc. The thing which impressed me the most was the passion with which they conduct this business - i probably shouldn't call it a business but more of a enthusiast who has this as his key hobby! Prices are pretty reasonable and look out for festive offers ! Imagine supercharging an R8 and M3 - what a job to have
! Yes they have done it. Their list is pretty exhaustive with over 5000 successful remaps done across various cars right from your daily hatchbacks to exotic super cars! The most commonly remapped car for Pete's is a VW Polo 1.2 TSI and 1.5 TDI. The list of cars/manufacturers can be checked here
- if yours doesnt exist here, dont hesitate to drop them a mail - if it can be done they will do it!
Taking the liberty to post a few items from their website, they are probably the only one in the country who are looking to open a tuning/detailing academy! They also conduct a Super Sunday event highlighting Super cars etc , there is one upcoming on the 13/14th january at Kochi - more details on their FB page
“Pete’s Automotive Products Pvt Limited” started in January, 2005 to fill the gap in the Indian Automotive Industry. The Indian market did not have any good tuning products and we combined forces with Europe’s leading tuning box manufacturer PSI-Motorsport, Belgium to bring to the Indian customer a mature, safe and advanced diesel-tuning product. Later we ventured into Detailing with Chemical Guys and Smartwax. |
We also are the authorized distributors of Bilstein Shock absorbers-Germany, H&R-Germany, Milltek Sport Exhaust systems-UK, Supersprint-Italy, Forge Motorsport Performance Parts-UK, Quaife-UK, TAROX-Italy, Green Cotton Filters-France, Powerflex-UK, SPEC clutches-USA, JBS Auto designs-UK, Custom Code UK, Smart Wax-USA etc dealing with performance & detailing parts for Automobiles
We have recently tied up with Alientech, Italy to distribute tuning equipment in the country and we are also in the process of setting up the country’s first Tuning & Detailing Academy. Stay tuned for the best the world has to offer.
Today we have more than 40 agents/dealers/franchisees around the country and we are in the process of increasing our presence in the coming months.
The man behind Pete’s. He is the heart and soul of Pete’s. Pete’s was set up in January 2005, due to his passion and dream to bring to India what the rest of the world has. He is also involved in the hospitality, construction and confectionery businesses.