Text by Michael Ferrara / Photos by Richard Fong
DSPORT Issue #129
No LimitsOn the FR-S and BRZ, the original factory ECU programming includes torque limitting tables, as well as, engine rev limiters and vehicle speed cuts. The ECUTEK solution allows these tables and limits to be reset above the performance levels of the vehicles. In doing so, the full potential of the engine’s capabilities can be realized.
OptimizationThe ECUTEK ProECU and RaceROM package for the FR-S/BRZ not only allow access to the limiting tables, but also the following: fuel maps, ignition timing maps, knock control maps, injector timing, sensor scaling, cam timing (in/ex), pedal to throttle maps, closed-loop maps and idle control. This access allows air-fuel ratios to be properly tuned, ignition tables to be optimized and the MAF sensor to be scaled properly for whichever intake is being used. The control over camshaft timing on both the intake and exhaust allows the torque curve to be manipulated to start earlier and continue later for a wider powerband. This control is necessary whenever maximum reliable power is desired. In the hands of a capable tuner, the engine calibration can be optimized for whatever mix of performance parts graces the engine.
Fantastic FeaturesThe RaceROM patch delivers an impressive array of additional features. Map switching, per gear rev limiters, launch control, flat-foot shifting, downshift auto blip, custom maps, Speed Density fuel metering and even a custom fuel economy display can be activated. Map switching allows four different calibrations to be stored in the ECU. The driver can switch between the programs on the fly through the cruise control interface. If a switch to a Speed Density metering system is desired, the RaceROMcan deliver. The system can even be configured to use MAF metering under certain conditions while using Speed Density under other operating conditions for the best of both worlds. Two-step rev limiter and the flat-foot shifting feature can improve performance and consistency for 0-to-60 or 1/4- mile blasts.
Just The BeginningTo make this issues deadline, we only had time to navigate the ECUTEK system for a day. In that short amount of time, we were very happy with our initial results. The RaceROM features are impressive and the ability to reprogram the factory ECU is proving to be a much needed remedy. Even with our tester FR-S back in pure stock configuration, we were able to get an additional 5.0-percent more power after just a few runs on the dyno. Our FR-S is now also delivering more repeatable results. Considering that this is just the beginning of our ECUTEK journey on the FR-S/BRZ, we are looking forward to taking back control of the engine’s management. Based on what we’ve learned about the factory ECU, we’d highly recommend a tuning solution (like the ECUTEK) as the first modification for the vehicle.
Even on a bone-stock FR-S/BRZ, there is power to be gained with the ECUTEK RaceROM.
Testing, Testing: Part IIIt’s going to be a complete pain in the ass, but that’s what we’ve come to expect with our performance parts showcases. Our plan is to optimize a tune with the ECUTEK for each and every one of the intake systems that we showcased in this issue. In doing so, we will now be able to share which intakes make the best power with a tuning solution in place. We also hope to optimize the intakes with a perfomance exhaust in place. Hopefully, this trio of parts with the proper tuning will allow us to go beyond the 5-percent limit we’ve faced before turning to the ECUTEK. Stay tuned as we get tuned.
Scion FR-S/BRZ Intake Test: Pt 1 (Stock ECU) • Part One Intro • Intake Showcase (Part One) AEM ETI INTAKE SYSTEM, BLITZ ADVANCED POWER AIR, HKS PREMIUM SUCTION, INJEN SP SERIES, K&N 69-SERIES TYPHOON, TAKEDA MOMENTUM, TRD PERFORMANCE AIR INTAKE, WEAPON-R SECRET WEAPON, APEXI POWER INTAKE FILTER, AVO TURBO WORLD SILICONE INLET COMBO PIPE, BLITZ SUS POWER FILTER LM, K&N REPLACEMENT AIR FILTER • Part One Conclusion Ecutek FR-S | Reprogramming the Power-Limiting Factory ECU Scion FR-S/BRZ Intake Test: Pt 2 (EcuTek ECU) • Part Two Intro • Intake Showcase (Part Two) AEM ETI INTAKE SYSTEM, BLITZ ADVANCED POWER AIR, HKS PREMIUM SUCTION, INJEN SP SERIES, K&N 69-SERIES TYPHOON, TAKEDA MOMENTUM, TRD PERFORMANCE AIR INTAKE, WEAPON-R SECRET WEAPON • Part Two Conclusion