Have you noticed that your car doesn’t accelerate as fast as it once did? Maybe you’ve also noticed that you’re getting less miles on a tank of gas? Do you just feel like your car could be running a lot better than it is? This is not uncommon as engines do go through some wear and tear as you drive, but is this dip in numbers something that you can fix? The answer to that question is yes! You need to install a performance chip to improve your car’s performance.
Tuning your car with a chip is a fairly new way to improve your horsepower in your Hyundai. How does this process work within the car? What do you mean “chip”? Doesn’t my car already have a chip inside the ECU? Will this cause any long-term damage to other components? We will cover the ins and outs of the Hyundai performance chip below and explain the benefits of the Hyundai performance chip tune.
Engine performance relies on the synergy between engine oil, cams, lifters, quality of gasoline, and other components all working together. The mastermind behind the curtain, so to speak, is the ECU or Electronic Control Unit. This may also be referred to as an ECM, or Electronic Control Module. Different car manufacturers refer to the component by either name.
No matter which name is used, the job task for the component is exactly the same and that’s to monitor your engine performance and keep your car running properly. The ECU pulls data continuously from hundreds of sensors located throughout your vehicle to calculate data in real-time.
How The Performance Chip Process Works
The Hyundai performance chip plugs into your vehicle’s OBD-II port below your dashboard. This port should be familiar to anyone who’s ever used a scan tool to check for error codes. You leave the device plugged in to your OBD-II port and drive your Hyundai for a while. After 150 miles of driving, the chip should be fully integrated into your car’s ECM.
Let’s take a look at the integration process of the chip and what is actually going on inside your ECM during this process. The ECM has parameters of which to monitor and control your engine’s performance. The performance chip is sending new data into the ECM as it’s plugged into your OBD-II port. This new data is fuel re-mapping your ECM. In essence, it’s reprogramming your ECM to have new (higher) limits set as you drive. This remapping takes a little bit of time to complete, hence, that’s why you need to leave it in for 150 miles.
The benefits are plentiful with a performance chip as these are just some of them listed below:
- Standard performance chip improves performance by 20 hp and improves fuel mileage by 1-2 mpg.
- Mid-Grade performance chip improves performance by 40 hp and improves fuel mileage by 2-4 mpg.
- Premium performance chip improves performance by 60 hp and improves fuel mileage by 4-6 mpg.
Hyundai was formed in South Korea in 1967 and entered the American market in 1986 with the Hyundai Excel. Over the years, Hyundai has earned kudos for their quality and performance with models such as the Genesis and the Elantra.
Hyundai Most Popular Models
The Hyundai Elantra is one of the brand’s smallest sedans, larger than the Accent but smaller than the Sonata. The Elantra competes with models such as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Ford Focus. In recent years, the brand has refreshed the Elantra with new styling to bring out the best in the platform.
Owners of the Hyundai Sonata know that for a midsize sedan, this model represents the brand well. The four-door Sonata performs well when it comes to balancing efficiency and power. With plenty of styling cues and luxury options to choose from, the Sonata is a contender in the sedan market.
Though now its own brand, the Hyundai Genesis was a strong sporty sedan from 2008 to 2016. Sold in both four-door and coupe variants, the Genesis competed against luxury brands to bring style and sophistication. Genesis coupes could achieve 300-400 horsepower or more in some cases, which made them a favorite of sports car enthusiasts worldwide.
Recently introduced to the market, the Hyundai Palisade represents the brand’s three-row SUV entry to the market. The Palisade offers a strong platform that contrasts with the Kia Telluride, though they do share some of the same features. Other competitors in the same class include the Volkswagen Atlas, the Honda Pilot, and the Toyota Highlander.
Hyundai’s Veloster embodies the spirit of a sports car, from the dynamic body lines to the capable engine beneath the hood. Built with three doors total (the driver’s door, the passenger’s door, and a small door on the passenger side for the back seat), the Veloster has a character of its own.