Frequently Asked Questions


Why Choose Smart Remaps?

Smart Remaps is not just "another tuning outfit": our tuning services have been developed over the last 20 years and are some of the very best available in the world today. All our remaps are bespoke/custom tuned for your vehcile. We do not use generic maps.

Smart Remaps gives you the choice of the level of tune you want. Be it performance or economy tuning, we have the ability to reach your exact requirements. If you can't decide between a multitude of options, then fear not, as we also have an option that allows you to have multiple maps available for your car at the press of a button - our V-Switch device.



Will re-mapping invalidate my car's warranty?

The way Smart Remaps files reprogramme a vehicle is completely undetectable. All codes and diagnostics that a dealer may read will remain exactly the same. We say it with confidence because of the rigorous testing regime all files go through, and we even give a lifetime software warranty to you.


But be warned - not all tuning companies can say this.



Can the car be put back to its standard BHP?

Of course it can and Smart Remaps will offer this service free of charge. But we'll be very suprised if that's what you want after taking control of your vehicle's performance.


Should you lose your tuning files due to dealer actions or parts failure your dealer will be happy to re-install the map onto your car free of charge for as long as you own the vehicle.



Should I tell my insurance company?

Whilst the upgrade is undetectable, the responsible answer to this question has to be "yes", your insurance company should be notified. However, many insurance companies do not penalise you for upgrades of this nature, particularly if you're tuning for increased economy.


Adrian Flux is one such company.



Which engine parameters are changed?

We make mild increases and enhancements to the following parameters of data within your vehicles ECU that control engine power, bhp, torque, fuel consumption and emissions; these include but are not limited to:Torque Structure Alterations, Boost Pressure, Boost Pressure Requests, Boost Pressure Limits, Ignition Advance, Injection Timing, Injection Quantity, Fuel Rail Pressure and many others.



Will my fuel consumption go up after an upgrade?

No, in fact quite the opposite. Even on a performance tune, if you continue to drive the car in the same way as you did before the upgrade, your fuel consumption will probably improve. Of course if you have a track map installed on the car and you are driving the car under the conditions with which a track map is intended you're likely to find a slightly reduced mpg figure.


Economy tuning can have a dramatic effect on fuel consumption, with considerable improvements being achieved along with huge money savings on fuel. Please ask about or Blue Optimize Service.



Will the life span of my engine be reduced?

No, not at all if you use a Smart Remaps. Sadly some engines can be over tuned, "stressing" the engine, transmission, cooling systems, etc, and reducing the life span and reliability of the car. This is why it's so important to choose the best – choose Smart Remaps.


We take great care to ensure that all of our modifications have no detrimental effect on your car. In a lot of cases the economy tune actually helps to extend the life of components such as the clutch and gearbox by making the delivery of the power far less aggressive and smoothing the overall drive of the vehicle.



Are plug and play re-maps and files sold on E-bay any good?

There are a number of basic power upgrades available in a plug and play format or are downloadable from the web. Whilst some of these items can offer slight increases in power, they operate by merely adjusting a specified signal within the ECU by a set tolerance. It's impossible to compare these inferior upgrades with a full rolling road re-map which measures and adjusts hundreds of signals and data files within the ECU.


We advise that these generic files and unsupported devices for sale on the web should be avoided at all cost. We've seen too many customers come to us after a bad experience - and there was no one else to turn to either. We're always happy to advise on your tuning needs.




When a manufacturer sets up an ECU it has to be able to cope in many different climates from cold Northern Europe to hot North Africa. It also has to be able to cope with owners who infrequently service their vehicles and varying fuel qualities throughout the marketplace. Also, directives aimed at manufacturers require them to reduce torque to below 3000RPM therefore your car will not pull as efficiently from low down in the rev range and you change gear more frequently (actually using more fuel and increasing CO2 emissions).