Join Date: Sep 2006
Come on guys. Damo figured out information about the car that isn't publically available and chose to share it with the rest of us, I for one appreciate that although I have no immediate use of the info.
And when it comes to broken ecu's as a result of that info; there's hundreds of things you can do to your car described on this site and others that will break your car if done improperly. Ecu's just happen to be more difficult to understand for laymen (especially including me) than the mechanical components of a car. And anyone doing stuff to their car they know they don't master is most likely aware that it might go wrong and cost money to set straight.
There are companies about doing this for a living, but there are companies changing oil and bulbs for a living as well, and still many owners chose to do that by themselves. Lost business for them if diy remapping become widespread? Maybe, but they'll also get to fix the occasional messed up ecu, and given the somewhat limited gains to be had by remapping our (mostly) NA cars without thorough knowledge compared to the noteable risk of messing up badly, I'd wager diy remapping is not a trend that many people will pick up.
I'd also say 147s, 156s, and GTs are getting to the age and cost bracket where tinkering them into permanent non-functionality isn't an enormous financial loss, so would be a perfect practice target for people curious about remapping, and this find may help such a person to get started without needing to invest in a 3rd party ecu (megasquirt/similar). And who knows, that person might be the guy mapping my car professionally in 10 years.