Superchips Ltd. now offers an affordable upgrade for the Mk VII Ford Fiesta, Britain’s top-selling car. Not only is this car frugal, it is also stylish and sharp to drive. But as it is powered by the popular 1.6 TDCi variant, which delivers from 88 bhp to 95 bhp (for the March 2010 and onwards versions), it’s far from being exciting.
To boost its performance, Superchips (the world’s leading automotive ECU remapping enterprise) gave it a significant power gain for both the 88 bhp and later 95 bhp versions of the Fiesta 1.6 TDCi. Fuel efficiency was also improved.
Dyno testing revealed that the Superchips ECU remap for the Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi enhances power by 23 bhp at 4275 rpm, resulting in a drive that’s sharper and more fulfilling, with power gains right through the engine’s operating range.
The Superchips upgrade enables the 1.6 TDCi Fiesta to surpass the current performance flagship Zetec S’s 118 bhp output. But at the same time, it boasts turbo diesel fuel economy.
Similarly, the Superchips ECU remap offers a boost to the Fiesta 1.6 TDCi’s torque output, delivering an increase of 36 Nm at 4159 rpm. These gains are produced right across the rev range, enabling Fiesta 1.6 TDCi owners to experience livelier in-gear acceleration for overtaking. Drivers will also like the effortless cruising, regardless of load or terrain.
Interestingly, the performance was enhanced but the Fiesta’s fuel efficiency remains unaffected by the Superchips ECU remap. This is crucial especially at a time of record diesel prices in the UK.
In most instances, consumption is improved because of the extra low rev torque available to the driver. Independent testing done on Superchips ECU remapping on turbo diesel vehicles showed a 7-8% improvement, resulting in cost benefits for higher mileage drivers or fleet users.