And also with only remaps (and none of the hardware modding, like bigger turbos or intercoolers) there is hardly any more stress put on the engine than with standard map. It is still very reliable car even with a remap.
I'll just tell you about our current "very reliable car"
It's quite old Fiat Punto. Which runs completely fine while I'm at home, with regular service intervals, etc, complete car (suspension, brakes, etc.) check before my every single business trip. But every time I leave to Australia - ops, *boom*, and my wife has to by a new generator, battery, or something else. Yes, now she knows how to detach battery, charge and put it back, which is good (as any knowledge in this world). But I still don't like the idea she has to bring 10-15 kg battery from car to home (ok, 200m) and to the second floor. Not so easy job for her 50 kg
So if I can decrease the probability of accidents by 30% without forcing my wife to know "how hard she could press accelerator to remain in safe limits" - I prefer this way.
Regarding reliability: AFAIK there are two things affected most by simple remapping: 1) turbo and 2) flywheel/clutch.
Lets speak about numbers (numbers don't lie
), the numbers we can easily extract from engine (ECU), like turbo boost - can some one list here default max turbo boost and max boost after any good remap (Celtic, Angel, don't care.)?
P.S. Ok, the other thing here is - I'm programmer
I like programming things, micro-controllers too
It just more fun for me to add this "sport mode" functionality, than to perform simple remap.