Welcome to this webpage that gives an overview of our L1 Mapping course.
This course is designed to teach you about: The workings of a car engine,
The principles of controlling the engine electronically and finally,
The process of mapping the Engine Control Unit to make more power, safely.
Our snapshot of the Car Mapping Process; giving you a valuable insight into the process and what to expect from our course.
Our overview of the tools you will need to be successful:
Level 1 - starting out, learning on your own, family and friends cars
Level 2 - stage 1 tuning and DPF/EGR/Flap removal maps for customers
Level 3 - stage 3 Custom mapping and modified cars.
Some of the commonly used software on the market for 2018:
Starting out: What is both easy and safe to use while training
Moving up a gear: Allowing you the freedom to change anything
Top level developer: Custom ECUs or heavy mods on stock ECUs.
An intoduction into reading map files from ECUs via the 16 pin OBD port. Here we will read a file, write a file back and also do a recovery after a bad file when the vehilce will not run. We also look at how to build and catalogue your own personal map library.
This is the process for ECUs that can not be accessed whilst still fitted to the vehicle. Here we will identify the components in an ECU, what information is stored where and how to read it so that it can be modified. Not just the maps, but immobilser and vin data too.
From the basic differences between a diesel and petrol engine through exploring the control systems right the way to showing you how to make any petrol engine run on water - yes water.
Its not just about air and fuel.
We look at the multitude of parts and the control systems in the entire car - then work out how they all talk to each other to control the engine.
From a basic "control on demand" system to the latest very complex "factored requirement" to whats coming... AI systems that will decide if you meant to accelerate or brake and decide if it responds to your request.
The best tuners understand the customer and the vehicle before they make a custom map. What if you want more? Here we look at the construction of an engine and how to make that engine stronger, what is the maximum it can make before it takes on a new life - as a grenade.
How they work, what is a twin scroll? a hybrid? variable vanes?
How do I find out what this turbo is capable of? How do I spec a new turbo? What about exhausts and intercoolers? Understand the turbo it's your best friend.
A detailed look at the multitude of sensors, what they do and how they do it. From electrical wave shapes through to how to emulate signals to find maps or seek out problems and test components on the bench.
Know your car before you map it.
Why you can get faults that do not show up as a fault code. Common issues that you need to be aware of and how to rule out basic problems before you get caught up looking for something you didn't do.
Before you work on any vehicle you must know exactly what you have. Here we go through all the checks and list all the parts fitted, then find out what they all do and which is the weakest link.
Why the mazda MX5?
Our buyers guide and what we are going to do to it.
The VAG PD TDi.
Why we picked this engine and what you need to look for.
Yes, in this section we will build our own ECU from the kit we supply. You will assemble all the parts onto the motherboard, solder them in place, test them before fitting the ECU to the car, programming it and finally running the car on your home built ECU.
Probably the most important tool you will own as you progress through the process of becoming a top tuner. This module shows you how to identify signals, and why this is important in your future.
Looking at a raw map and learning how to read the addresses, how to identify what those little lines mean.
Before you map a car you need to be able to use your computer and some programs in an effective manner, both to be quick and also to check what you have done is correct before you write it to the car.
My guide is free to download and you should read it before you start this course. Before we move onto the next stage lets review it.
Here we go - You have completed all of the background so now it's time - let's map our cars! This step by step practical session is completed in stages. On your own car you will read out the map, save it and catalogue it before modifying it then write it back to the car. Completing several stages of altering one map to see the change through to a final build, then repeat.
You will need these items to take part in the course. We have assembled a Virtual Machine preloaded with all the software and files required to complete our course.
You have a choice of hardware, please view our free course section 2 to see our reviews.
This is a link to a supplier of all the items you will need to complete sections 1 to 15.
Purchase our complete kit to build your own ECU for course module 11, 13 & 14
This kit is all the parts you will need to assemble your own ECU, program it and fit it to a Mazda MX5 1.8 car that you will need to buy or borrow to complete our course.
Included in this is the ECU parts kit, a fine soldering iron and a used MX5 ECU.
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“ Any fool can map a car, but only a fool will map a car without knowing the limits of humans, electricity, metal and fire.
Writing the map is the easy part
knowing the limits is the study of life. ”