OK, been waiting for the buzz to wear down before i did this piece so i didn't sound like a child when writing it.
I finally got myself over to Evolve to see what all the raving was about with their remaps.
I met Sal, Imran and a 3rd guy whose name i can't remember (sorry 3rd guy), as others have said (mainly on M3Cutters forum as they are forum sponsors as well known on that forum) they really are true gentleman. Sal took the time to explain a bit about the industry and how mapping is done (sorry Sal, it did make sense at the time but itís all gone now). He sat me down and showed me what he changes in the maps, by how much and why, he went through the differences between mapping a street car and a race car and why some maps arenít good for road cars. I canít believe how much work goes into mapping and I donít mean getting files off another company and putting them on peoples cars but actually designing the maps and files yourself through research, development and looong hard hours! It was a pleasure to be there and meet some honest and genuine enthusiasts who carry these qualities over in their work, it really does show.
About the Map. What can I say?? The raving is all true! The car felt different as soon as I drove off on part throttle. Itís definitely more responsive, even lower down. Having owned and driven a car for 1 Ĺ years you get accustomed to what every input of the loud pedal feels like, and automatically as you press it you know how the car will respond. Well, after the remap that was out the window and it really did feel like I was driving someone elseís car! The revs definitely feel like they are going round faster than before and its overall just much more responsive, everywhere! The pull after 5K is a lot stronger and is obvious it wasn't just me thinking it is because I just had a remap. Iím just waiting to get my new suspension on and alignment done so I can explore the top end more safely!
Iíve had a few M3ís and had them remapped before, one was from superchips (so sht, itís not even worth talking about as all it did was put my airbag light on ). The other one was from *********, he gave it the large about mapping the vanos as well as the ECU and how fast and responsive it would beÖ.. he also said to allow 200-300 miles for the map to take effect (donít know how true that is) it didnít do much anyway. THIS remap was instantly noticeable and like I said all throughout the rev range and after 4-5K its foooookin strong. btw, I didn't realise they have a speed camera outside the industrial estate, (the ones that face you), hopefully i didn' get clocked.
I didnít get any dyno runs done as time was short and I don't need to either to be honest. I may do this later on just to see what it is making. I know itís a strong engine as I got 13.8 sec with trap speed of 105.4 MPH at Santa Pod (first ever time so I may have been able to get better time if I could have stopped it wheel spinning so much) so I will see what I get this year! But I did do some tests near my house from post to post and usually I can get it up to around 75íish mph, this time it was just under 80mph, I know its not an accurate method by far but the overall feel of getting from post to post was different and actually felt faster. Oh, I've felt that the remap has also improved the smoothness, i mean its not like the car was jerky before just the normal slight jerkyness you sometimes get from cold, well i didn't feel any this morning or late last night when i sneaked out for a quick spin on the empty back roads.
Get this done Guys, it really is all the rave that everyone is saying and worth every single penny.