Can fitting a Spider® Performance Pack damage my engine?
No, impossible. The reason it is impossible is because our system is only changing voltages and signals back to the ECU. All the protective features built in to the ECU software remain intact, and will function as they should.
But don't you increase injector pressure and boost pressures etc?
Yes, but unlike some of our competitors, we do not lift them above their normal maximum pressures. Whether fuel or air boost, the maximum absolute pressures are never exceeded over what they would reach normally, but we do increase the values earlier, and hold them longer. For example, if your maximum fuel injector pressure is 20,000psi and air boost is 30psi, these maximum values will never be exceeded by Spider®, though where your fuel injector pressure may be 12,000psi and air boost 18psi at 2500 rpm, we may allow the injector pressure to rise to 14,000psi and air boost to 21psi for the same condition.
Of course, technically, it is more complicated because we also may factor in air flow from the MAF sensor and sometimes throttle position and RPM, but this gives you an idea of how our systems work safely with your car to allow a safe and effective performance increase.
That said, a heavier driving style or constant hard acceleration can increase wear over time but this is true on a standard engine. As long as you maintain and service your car as per the manufacturers recommended schedule, you should have no concerns.
Why would I pay more for Spider® when there are cheaper systems available to me?
When comparing Spider® against other products, it is important to realise that price is only one factor. Research and development, advanced design and manufacturing as well as expertly written firmware and support, are some of the additional factors one needs to consider. It would not be fair to compare the technology of a single channel tuningbox which is adjusted with a screwdriver to the technology of the Spider® Bluetooth® iMode™ pack with Adaptiv-Scan™. Directly, and through our high end tuningshop distributors, Spider® supply and fit to many Prestige cars, including Porsche, Mercedes AMG, BMW M series as well as the family Ford S-Max or the Landrover Defender, so our expertise and knowledge is diverse and always of the highest standard. The technical data we learn from tuning supercars is often implemented when it comes to tuning everyday cars also.
In most cases fitting an aftermarket performance system or having your ECU remapped will invalidate your warranty no matter what other Companies may say, but because Spider® does not change anything on the car or within the ECU, the Performance Pack can be removed at anytime and your car is instantly back to standard power.
No keys are left in the ECU (keys are little pieces of code which are left hidden in the ECU after a remap to alert the dealer and the car manufacturer that the software in the ECU has been altered).
No traces of it being fitted are left behind.
Once your service or warranty work is complete, you can simply reinstall the Spider.
I tried a tuningbox before but had nothing but problems!
Please refer to the above section titled - Why would I pay more for Spider® when there are cheaper systems available to me?
Whilst there are people who will always suggest fitting a plug in performance product is bad (often now generically referred to as a tuningbox) it is often the case that they have not, or at least have not fitted a premium performance upgrade such as Spider®. It is not until you actually install a product such as Spider® that you understand the technology and research involved in such a high quality product.
Most negative feedback comes from bad experiences involving generic tuningboxes such as the type often found on eBay. These generic one plug, fits all types of tuningboxes have plagued the tuning scene and in a way rightly so. Many of them lack the most basic technology such as voltage load control, reverse polarity protection, anti noise control, anti-spike protection, signal filtering, cold start delay or anti engine light software.
Needless to say, Spider® has all these protective functions and many more.