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Our Services

Performance Optimization

We optimize the engine management system to safely unlock levels of performance currently limited by the manufacturer.

Fuel Economy Optimization

We program your car to minimize fuel consumption based on your usage. For example, on the highway or in the city.

Top Speed Increases

We eliminate manufacturers' limitations on top speed to take full advantage of the improved performance.

Transmission System Optimization

We program your cars transmission system to achieve better performance or economy, sometimes both.

What gains are possible with my car?

Know what you want? Then let's get started.

How It Works

1

Bring your vehicle to our facility in Switzerland

Upon arrival we check the make and model of your vehicle, examine it for any obvious mechanical changes or defects then confirm your requirements and expectations. We give you a time to return for your vehicle, usually a maximum of 4 hours after you hand over the keys.

2

Prep & Engine Management System Analysis

A good tune requires perfect preparation, so we prepare your vehicle to optimally receive its new performance parameters by ensuring the battery is fully charged, no radio or air conditioning systems are active and where necessary - creating some distance between the keyless entry system and your key. All of this is done to maximize the stability of communication with your car and minimize potential interruptions.

3

Analyse your vehicles state of tune

We look at your vehicles existing fuel, air, turbo pressure and ignition tables to determine the current state of tune and establish a baseline for improvements in power output and efficiency. We write a custom map file with new parameters baed on the experience of the fastlane network and prepare a new 'table'.

4

Gearbox & manufacturer restriction removal

During the re-tuning process we identify the restrictions placed by the manufacturer and circumvent them. For gearbox tuning we reconfigure its parameters to better match a higher power and torque level that results from chip-tuning which helps improve normal driving economy and responsiveness in sports settings.

5

Car Adaptation Drive

After writing the new performance or economy map to your engines control unit we undertake an adaptation drive to confirm it has accepted the new parameters and functions correctly. This drive is usually a minimum of 2km but can go for up to 10-15 km where necessary. This is to ensure the correct functioning of the ECU and all mechanical systems under the changed parameters and to make minute adjustments if necessary based on your cars specific responses.

6

Joint test drive of the tuned vehicle

This is the part we really enjoy: you test drive your car with the new performance or economy parameters and we watch the smile grow on your face.

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26 MAY Is Carbon Cleaning Worth It?

Joseph Power

Carbon Cleaning

Well after talking with many customers the answer is yes, unless your vehicle is brand new and utilizing the best fuel.The Fastlane Tuning Schweiz demonstrator car has over 60,000 km and after carbon cleaning it ran better, not faster or more powerful but smoother, like it was breathing better. This car has been run on the best of fuel and is highly maintained because naturally its there to demonstrate our product. So I consider it the worst possible candidate for proofing whether carbon cleaning works or not. It definitely does. If you want to know more please contact us or visit us at Hanni Motorsport in Wichtrach, Switzerland.

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17 APR Did you know its possible to achieve better fuel economy, greater power, smoother performance and lower emissions from your vehicle by optimizing its systems?

Joseph Power

Software Optimization for Better Economy and Respect for the Environment

Your vehicle is a product: Manufacturers need to sell vehicles and do so by encouraging regular trade ins for the latest, fastest, more efficient model with better technology and features than its predecessor. They optimize the research and development and production costs of their product offerings by utilizing the same systems and architecture across multiple products. Engines and transmissions are designed with a useful marketing lifespan in mind, usually 10-15 years, during which it is expected that the motors are more powerful, more efficient and more emissions friendly with each new model sold. In the majority of cases the only difference between todays model its future replacement is better optimized motor and transmission programming. Optimizing Engine Control: through careful optimization of fuel, ignition timing and air pressure we improve engine fuel efficiency by up to 20% on some diesel motors and circa 15% for petrol engines, as well as significant power and responsiveness improvements. We are essentially programming the car of tomorrow today. The result is an automobile that is significantly more efficient and a pleasure to drive. To find out what is possible for your particular vehicle, please visit http://www.fastlane-tuning.com/configurator Transmission optimization: Modern transmissions are programmed to match the performance characteristics of the engine attached to it and the marketed level of sophistication and refinement. Like engine control optimization, we can program your transmission for efficiency in performance across all usage scenarios. The result: faster more responsive gear changes in sports mode and smoother, more efficient and intelligent gear selection in economy and normal driving modes. Transmission optimization under normal driving conditions can yield a 5% improvement in fuel efficiency and transform your driving experience. We offer transmission optimization for your car. Early identification of electronic problems: Modern cars are equipped with more than 20 individual computers that are responsible for ABS, engine, transmission, entertainment, airbags, stability control and driver assistance systems. When problems occur in one system they can replicate and cause problems in others resulting in loss of performance or function and intermittent check engine lights. With our advanced scanning and diagnostics tools we can review the health of your cars electronic systems and remedy many common problems seen in modern automobiles. Furthermore we can advise you on what preventative maintenance should be undertaken before your warranty expires and provide you peace of mind for only 40 CHF. Each review takes approximately 30 minutes and will include detailed analysis, assessment and recommendations that you can take to your dealer for repairs. Make an appointment now: contact us for an appointment via telephone on +41 (0) 31 782 10 10 or via email on info@fastlane-tuning.ch

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18 FEB How do I chiptune my car?

Joseph Power

How do I tune my car?

For the budding DIYer chiptuning your car would seem like a good idea right? Better fuel economy the goal? A faster 0 to 100 time? Bragging rights at the local pub or just to be able to say that you’ve mastered modern vehicle electronics? Whatever your motivation let me explode a few myths about how to chip tune your car and then you decide whether you want to do it. Firstly you really should examine the likely end result. If your car is naturally aspirated – ie it doesn’t have a turbocharger or a supercharger (or both) then your unlikely to really get a big increase in power from chiptuning. You certainly will not get an improvement in fuel economy without significant sacrifices in power and responsiveness and if your going for performance increases – your only option is to increase the fuel consumption and adjust timing slightly to utilize it better. In the end – assuming you successfully tune your car – you’ll gain maybe 20 to 30 PS more maximum and increase your fuel consumption by 10% or more. Depending on the weight of your car – your probably only going to notice a slight improvement in responsiveness and that’s honestly about all you will notice. Secondly the risk of it going wrong. Im not going to scare you, because the reality is that with the right research and the right tools it is possible to chiptune your car by yourself and pretty cheaply using some tools available on ebay. Make one mistake though – particularly on checksum calculations and you will brick your ECU and require a professional to help you out. Many of the cheaper cloned tools will successfully tune older autos without a problem but newer ones – you are almost certain to run into issues. Those issues cant be solved without the help of a professional chiptuning organization with the right tools. Thirdly how much time your going to invest in getting smart before attempting it. To do it right you need knowledge and intelligent decision making. You have two paths – you can learn to adjust the file yourself or you can buy a pre-adjusted file. The former option will consume a lot of your time in learning and researching but perhaps you will learn a valuable and tradeable skill in doing so, the latter also presents problems in that you get what you pay for. Being honest here – a free map is probably not going to be as successful as you hope – although it might just work – but please remember the second point.. bad maps equal bad outcomes and at the absolute extreme worst case scenario you could install your new map and then damage your motor to the point of complete failure. You don’t know what your getting when you take free maps so please be careful. So what do I need to actually chip tune my car? You need 3 things: Software, hardware and a good map file service (or the ability to modify and make your own). The hardware is needed to make a physical connection to your car’s computer, which can be achieved in one of three ways. 1st – via OBD which is the easiest but also the one most likely to run you into problems with additional security systems. 2nd – is by pulling the ECU out and programming it on a bench with a hardware device that makes physical connections to it. 3rd is by opening up the ECU on the bench and soldiering or using other connection options to make a hard physical connection to your ECU. Lets discuss in more detail the merits and cons of each option: OBD: You look cool and clever, you walk up to the car plug in your stuff and start programming. It’s a chiptuners dream, no need to open the bonnet, no tools needed, no dirty hands, just coding and programming. With the right device this can happen and it can be really easy, but that device is supported by well researched and proven software and hardware protocols (communications methods) that ensure a successful tune. The merits are that its fast and no assembly is required. The cons are that your communicating not directly with the ECU but via the cars CANBUS system – like an exchange with an often very cranky operator. Upset that operator and your going to be disconnected, or worst, locked out. Speak the wrong language (wrong protocol) and the end result will be system failure where the car just doesn’t start anymore or worse you trigger some nasty little anti-tampering protocol from the immobilizer system that thinks you’re a thief and promptly shuts everything down. OBD can be great but it can be your worst nightmare. Professional chip tuners will opt for OBD only when the protocols are well proven and reliable and the vehicle is known to be chip tuning friendly and not riddled with hidden security systems ready to end the fun. Bench: This is the best method by far – assuming its not a bitch to get the car’s ECU out of the car. If its only going to take about 15 – 30 minutes to get an ECU out its well worth it because theres no longer an operator and angry security guard to negotiate with. With a few minutes of careful wiring and double checking the professional chip tuner can make a direct connection to your cars ECU to reprogram it. Then it is a matter of reinstalling the ECU into the car and confirming all is well. Bench isn’t without its problems though – ECUs are often hidden under plastic parts that get brittle when cold so they tend to break if your not careful during the extraction process. A heat gun is a tuners second best tool or clever planning meaning when the car arrives you take out the ECU immediately whilst everything is still warm. Boot: this is the same as bench however you need to actually open up the ECU and expose the printed circuit board in order to establish a connection. It involves soldering, steady hands and a lot more time. This is sometimes the only option available to a tuner so this is where the importance a damned good file service with proven performance maps becomes a worthwhile investment. Lets assume you’ve pulled an ECU out and had to connect with boot mode. Your free or ebay file may turn out to be rubbish resulting in a bad driving experience at best. You’ve wasted an hour getting the ECU out of the car and exposing the circuit board to the elements, you’ve soldered, connected, read and then written the new file and its garbage. Going to do it again with a new cheap file? How long until you solder the wrong thing or drop your coffee on the ECU? Do you see the risks here? For a novice, time isn’t relevant, but like the professional – risk avoidance is absolutely key. So whilst its entirely possible to do it yourself – its not without risks and its certainly not possible without investment in time and tools. Better to go to a professional chiptuning service, one who has invested such time and money in the correct tools and capabilities than risk complete failure. Finally – do avoid the temptation to buy Chinese cloned knock offs of quality tools. They may seem compelling at first because they really are cheap – like one tenth the price – but they are almost certain to bite you when you are most vulnerable and they come with absolutely zero technical support.

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18 FEB Gearbox optimization and why you should do it after a chiptune

Joseph Power

Gearbox Optimization

When we optimize your engines output we are focusing on torque, horsepower comes as a result of it. Torque is the turning power your engine has and that energy is transmitted to your gearbox and then each drive axle to give you forward motion. It is a critical component of your engines 'drivetrain' but is often overlooked for optimization. Modern automatic and steptronic gearboxes have learning abilities and their own electronic control module - meaning they are smart. But even smart get its wrong when its ill informed. By improving your engines performance your gearbox is receiving higher levels of torque than normal so it stands to reason that reprogramming it to cope with this would make sense. We program your gearbox to expect greater torque levels from a stronger motor. In turn it is then able to adjust shift points under normal driving conditions to optimize that torque and efficiency gain. At high throttle and engine speed applications it is better able to transmit that power to the wheels. This results in faster shifts, smoother operation and depending on your driving style - improved fuel economy. Your car will drive differently after gearbox optimization because your car is different from standard. Certainly if you opted for chiptuning with us your car will be around 20% more powerful and equally as efficient as a standard car so why not go that extra step and optimize the entire system. A vehicle that has been professionally chiptuned with optimized transmission system is like night and day compared to standard machine. Call or email us to find out more. info@fastlane-tuning.ch

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions please contact us and and we'll do our best to answer.

Will chip-tuning affect my manufacturer's warranty?
Will chip-tuning affect the longevity of my engine?
Do you offer a warranty?
Do I need this additional insurance / warranty?
What is chip-tuning really?
So how does this really all work? Care to provide more details?
What will this do to my fuel consumption?
If my engine is so much more capable why hasn't the manufacturer tuned it to a higher specification?
Your configurator numbers seem lower compared to some competitors, why is that?