What everyone seems to be talking about at the moment is fuel economy. With the cost of fuel skyrocketing and notreplacing air filter elements regularly, keeping tyres in good condition and properly inflated to specifications, ensuring shock absorbers are in good operating condition, and having an annual wheel alignment all contribute to improved fuel economy.
When vehicles have air conditioning it is advisable not to run the air conditioning too cold. Those with vehicles that have automatic climate air conditioning should ensure they run the air conditioning on automatic setting. Your air conditioning will impact on your fuel economy if not operated correctly. Check how often the air con system needs servicing, and follow that schedule to ensure it’s working as efficiently as possible.
Among the many overlooked items in today’s modern motor vehicles are spark plugs, which are commonly not replaced often enough. Manufacturers have very long replacement intervals for spark plugs to reduce costs. We have found a marked improvement with engine performance when fitting new spark plugs while carrying out full custom mapped dyno tunes, and recommend regular spark plug replacement with scheduled servicing, especially for performance-enhanced vehicles. Having your vehicle custom mapped and tuned on a dyno is the only way to obtain the best engine tune results, resulting in reduced fuel consumption, especially for highway cruising.
This is borne out by the experiences of two recent customers. One, from Hastings with a 2006 Ford F6 Typhoon six-speed auto, had one of our 380kW performance packages fitted and that vehicle dynoed up at 385kW. This customer has recently completed a trip to Auckland and back and has reduced his fuel consumption dramatically, achieving an average of 9.4 litres per 100km over the complete trip at a highway cruising speed of 100kmh, and using his cruise control where he could. A great result for a performance vehicle.
Another customer, who recently brought his Ford 2003 BA XR8 sedan five-speed manual into us for a full custom mapped dyno tune, has reduced his average fuel consumption from a previous 14.5 litres per 100km to 12.5 litres per 100km on a trip from Taupo to Palmerston North and back ” pretty good for a 320kW V8.
These are just two examples among the many satisfied customers of ours who are experiencing improved fuel economy by having fully mapped custom tunes. They also have the added advantage of increased torque, throttle response and overall power.
The fuel economy figures we are seeing after a professional custom mapped dyno tune make a mockery out of the old saying that all big cars are gas guzzlers; that’s not the case at all. All of the above are contributing factors to obtaining the best fuel economy. It’s the old story: sometimes you have to spend a bit of money to save money.