Function and Installation
OEM like performance improvement
Software optimization is the key
(1) The motorizations shown here are all based on the same engine block.
Nowadays, car manufacturers build just a few base engines and differentiate the power output via the electronic control unit: the same hardware, but with different software.
We at RaceChip are absolute experts in car tuning software. The data from the ECU is read by our tuning software and individually optimized.
This way, you can enjoy a performance upgrade of up to 30%.
We use only the available power reserves and stay within tolerances, which are important to maintain your engine’s long-term endurance. Existing engine protection systems remain fully intact.
Simple. Tested. Safe. RaceChip.
Complex technology. Simple installation.
Install RaceChip yourself in just a few minutes
The RaceChip Plug & Drive system: you can install all of our car tuning software modules easily and without specialist knowledge or tools. You only need 10-15 minutes. See for yourself the installation steps for an exemplary car model.
You'll receive car model-specific installation instructions with each RaceChip, and there are installation videos for many car models in our database.
News regarding technology and development
The Car Lover’s Bucket List
Here at Racechip we’re always thinking about our next automotive adventure. All around the world petrol heads brag and debate with their rivals over which are the most exhilarating roads to drive and where the best experiences can be found.
Chip tuning made in Germany at the SEMA show
RaceChip Chiptuning, the market leader for electronic performance enhancement from Germany and one of the most innovative companies in the chip tuning sector, will be presenting its products at the 2016 SEMA show. The featured product will be the RaceChip Ultimate Connect. The premium model with up to 30% more power and torque for a unique driving experience, includes the innovative Smartphone Connect Feature, which is taking user experience of electronic performance enhancement to a whole new level. Drivers can select from three different engine power settings, Efficiency, Sport and Race, using the RaceChip App in connection with the performance box Ultimate Connect. To expand its market and brand presence, RaceChip is looking for resellers and distributors in North America.
RaceChip opens own representative office in Shanghai
The German chip tuning company RaceChip sent an employee to Shanghai at the beginning of the year in order to advance its strategic positioning in the Asian market. With the founding of the RaceChip China Representative Office (Rep Office), the market leader in electronic performance enhancement via auxiliary device has underscored its rapid international growth and is continuing to expand its leading position in China. The main tasks ahead for the team in Shanghai are continual market development and the improvement of the sales numbers and service quality.
410 HP in the Audi RS3 from chip tuning experts RaceChip
The chip tuning experts from southern Germany have presented their latest show car, the RaceChip Audi RS3. The factory performance of 367 HP and 465 Nm was increased to 410 HP and 520 Nm thanks to the RaceChip Ultimate...
Chip tuning from RaceChip: Real power comes from within
The best hardware components for maximum performance
Using high quality state of the art hardware components and cutting edge technology is the only way to achieve performance enhancement at the peerless level of RaceChip. Regardless of whether you choose our One, Pro 2 or Ultimate chip –
when it comes to the hardware components we use, our tuning boxes are always state of the art in the respective market segment. We strongly believe that the standards for product quality can never be high enough.1
Microcontroller / Processor
Processor designed especially for automotive applications, controls the performance optimization.2
Smartphone Connect module
Additional Connect module in the Ultimate Connect for communication between tuning chip and smartphone via Bluetooth.3
Professional FCI automotive plug
Interface between chip and ECU. Meets the highest quality demands.4
Rotary switch for fine-tuning
Two manually adjustable rotary switches for even more customized performance optimization.5
Complex signal filter network
Parallel pre- and post-processing of received signals for the best possible performance improvement.6
Transmits vehicle-specific optimization software to the microcontroller.7
Fine-tunes voltage levels for assemblies to ensure smooth operation.
Optimization isn’t just plain old optimization
Box and OBD turning in comparison
In general, two approaches to electronic performance tuning can be distinguished: (1) Performance tuning by directly accessing and reprogramming the engine control unit (ECU), also called on-board diagnostics (OBD) tuning, and (2) optimization with auxiliary control devices also referred to as performance chips, tuning chips, tuning boxes, piggybacks, power chips or power boxes.
Direct ECU tuning and remapping
Performance improvements are achieved by optimizing the electronic signals. This is done via the OBD2 port (also used to read the engine's error memory) or by breaking into the ECU and adjusting or overwriting the manufacturer's software itself, usually referred to as remapping or ECU flashing. In other words, it actively intrudes into the manufacturer's configuration. This remapping technology can be used in all engines with electronic engine controls.
Manufacturer's hardware and software are actively and usually permanently changed.
Manufacturer’s software is changed or completely overwritten thereby often deactivating the protection systems.
Depending on the vendor with or without engine warranty.
Painstaking installation by a fitter without any performance improvement benefits.
Reversion can be done with considerable effort and costs. The change will always remain detectable.
Optimization with auxiliary control device
Performance improvements are achieved by optimizing the engine's electronic control signals. The auxiliary control device (a kind of mini-computer) is placed between the engine controls and sensors, which enables performance upgrades of up to 30% using RaceChip’s tuning software. This engine tuning technology can be used in all modern diesel and turbo-charged petrol engines.
Does not change manufacturer's hardware or software.
All engine protection systems remain intact. Performance is optimized only within the power reserves.
Up to two years RaceChip engine warranty.
Simple DIY installation without any special tools in just 10-15 minutes.
Car can be reverted back to series condition.
Questions about function and installation? Here are the answers
If chip tuning works, then why don't car manufacturers just make it themselves?
Manufacturers use the same principle. For example, the engine components of a BMW 318d, 320d and 325d are identical. These vehicles are only configured differently through software via the vehicle's control device. Additionally, even top engines provide power reserves for future developments. These robust component layouts provide an excellent opportunity for RaceChip to optimize their settings.
Can I still save fuel despite having more power? How does that work?
Yes, by adapted driving behavior, RaceChip can greatly reduce fuel consumption. The increased torque, which primarily takes place in the lower and mid-RPM range, allows your transmission to upshift sooner, meaning that your vehicle is driven with a lower overall RPM value.
What exactly is Eco tuning?
Eco tuning optimizes a vehicle's motor control to provide high torque very early on. This increased torque allows your transmission to upshift sooner, so that your vehicle drives with a lower overall RPM value. This results in fuel savings, often together with improved power output.
Can my RaceChip be set in such a way that I get maximum reduction in fuel consumption?
Yes. A vehicle's motor controls can be optimized in such a way that high torque is achieved early on. This increased torque allows your transmission to upshift sooner, so that your vehicle drives with a lower overall RPM value. This results in fuel savings.A decisive factor is adapting your driving style with quick acceleration, upshifting as soon as possible (consciously activate gear shifts even with automatic transmissions) and provident driving style.
How is my maximum speed affected?
The maximum speed may increase somewhat, but that is not the goal of our development. Much more, we place value on the improved acceleration capacity of the vehicle. In addition, we do not activate at high torque in order to avoid strain spikes on the components.
How do supplementary control devices differ from ECU tuning?
ECU tuning changes the software on the vehicle's own control unit, allowing it to read and change many of the vehicle's parameters. Often, the forcible opening of the unit is necessary. ECU tuning can only be reversed by completely deleting the controls. Manufacturers and dealers can recognise this procedure! In contrast, the RaceChip's supplementary control unit is installed between the motor sensors and the vehicle's controls. It influences relevant values for our optimization and can be uninstalled at any time. The vehicle is then returned to original condition.
Is there anything special I should watch for after optimization?
Yes! Notice more powerful thrust in your vehicle even at low RPM and adapt your driving style accordingly! Further, you should follow general recommendations for driving your vehicle. In particular, you should not use the engine's full capacity during the first few miles but rather after a warm-up period for your vehicle. Otherwise there are no special restrictions!
Which fuel type should I use after the performance improvement?
RaceChip products tuning takes place on every vehicle with the fuel recommended by the manufacturer. In petrol engines, it may be conducive to use a higher octane fuel, such as 98 octane or higher, for maximum power output. This reduces the risk of knocking (spontaneous ignition of the mix in the cylinder).
Are the optimization systems suitable for vehicles with Euro 5 and Euro 6 emissions standards (EC 715/2007)?
Yes. The functions of RaceChip products are tested and proven even with the latest products on the market.
Can an supplementary control device negatively affect other components or after-market parts in my vehicle?
All our products undergo an EMV inspection, which serves to rule out the possibility of electro-magnetic effects on other components. We cannot rule out incompatibilities in combination with other retrofitted components that may influence performance values. We advise contacting our Customer Service staff if you have queries. It is possible to individually customize the RaceChip product to a customer vehicle.
What should I know about taking my vehicle to customer service at a garage?
We generally recommend completely removing the RaceChip module prior to service in order to allow the garage to provide service based on a series vehicle. You don't have to do anything special for automotive service at the garage, as all of the manufacturer systems remain unchanged with performance enhancement from RaceChip. The chip tuning can be easily re-installed after service.
Does the diagnostic device show that performance enhancement has been installed?
No. A diagnostic device only reads out the data saved to the vehicle's own engine control unit. The RaceChip has absolutely no interaction with the engine control unit. Sometimes diagnostic devices show error messages stemming from the control unit. However, these cannot be attributed to the installation of the RaceChip.
Is it possible to install a RaceChip even without any technical know-how?
Yes. RaceChip products are designed for problem-free installation with the aid of our instructions and videos provided. In some individual cases where users have issues, our customer service is available for advice.
Do I need special tools for installation?
No. You can install RaceChip with no specialist mechanical know-how. In rare cases the air filter box must be disassembled in order to reach the sensor. In these cases we recommend finding a garage if you don't have mechanical know-how. Special tools are not necessary for the actual installation of the chip.
Where is the best place for the module in the engine compartment?
You should install RaceChip products according to installation instructions. Use the existing vehicle cable harness for the auxiliary cable harness. The module itself must be firmly attached and may not be attached on the following areas: Very hot components, strongly vibrating components, moist spaces
What do I do if I'm in doubt during installation?
Follow the instruction manual and check out available videos if needed. If in doubt, contact our customer service.
Can I send you pictures of my engine so that you can help me with installation?
If the pictures we provide are not helpful with assembly, then you can send us pictures of your engine so that we can mark the relevant plug for installation.
I didn't receive a vehicle-specific installation manual with my chip. Where can I get one?
Simply call or email our customer service, and we'll be happy to give you vehicle-specific photos.
The installation manual I received doesn't correspond to my engine. What should I do?
If the supplied installation manual does not provide you with the information you need, you can always request additional vehicle-specific images from our Customer Service staff, either via e-mail or our support hotline.
Can you send me more installation pictures?
We will send you additional installation pictures from our customer service upon request.
Where can I find installation videos for my vehicle?
You'll find a number of vehicle-specific installation videos in our video databank. Our videos can be found here or directly on YouTube on the RaceChip channel.
Does RaceChip offer an installation service?
We do not offer an installation service. However if you contact our customer service, one of our technicians will gladly talk you through how to connect the cable harness and auxiliary device over the phone. This way you can perform the installation yourself within minutes. We are very proud that every customer can install RaceChip chip tuning products without any technical expertise.
Can I have the tuning box installed at RaceChip?
We do not offer this service. If your contact our customer service, one of our technicians will gladly talk you through how to connect the cable harness and auxiliary device over the phone. This way you can perform the installation yourself within minutes. We are very proud that every customer can install RaceChip chip tuning products without any technical expertise.
Can I have the module installed at a garage?
The RaceChip module can be installed at independent garages.
Can I damage anything when installing in my engine?
This cannot happen when you follow proper procedure. Our products are developed according to the Plug&Drive principle. This means that their functions may be complex, but installation should be as simple as possible. All of our products are delivered with extensive tips for installation.
What should I do if the included plug doesn't fit?
Please contact our technical customer support.
What should I do if the control plug doesn't illuminate, even though I'm sure I've done the installation correctly?
Please contact our technical customer support. If the LED does not light up, this can have various causes
Can I remove the tuning and return my vehicle to series condition?
Yes! As soon as you've completely uninstalled the RaceChip product and all plug connections are connected in the original condition, then the vehicle is in series condition. In terms of functionality, your vehicle is already in its series condition as soon as you remove the chip and attach the dummy connector to the wiring harness.
Is my vehicle really in series condition after uninstalling Racechip?
Yes. after complete removal you cannot tell whether an auxiliary device was installed in the engine compartment. A readout of the performance data from a vehicle memory can provide an indication that a performance enhancement was installed. However, this cannot give concrete evidence of the installation of an electronic performance enhancement that uses auxiliary boxes. In addition, this data is read out and assessed in the workshop by very few manufacturers. You can find more information in our Questions and Answers section under the Installation and Removal topic. Our Customer Service staff is of course also available to help and advise you. Other types of tuning (e.g. OBD) overwrite the engine's control software directly, in a way that is recognisable.
How do I remove the plug in the event of deinstallation?
The plug is affixed with a simple locking mechanism at the sensor. Loosen this latch and the plug can be pulled off easily.
Why does the manufacturer's plug look different from the plug you delivered?
Sometimes the plug delivered looks a little different than the vehicle's plugs. However, the plugs can still connect together without any problem and the technical function of the connector will not be affected because we use OEM quality plugs.