In the world of vehicle aftermarket performance tuning solutions, HP Tuners is a trailblazer and innovator and is poised to revolutionize the automotive industry with the debut of its CORE ECU and VCM Live software. This standalone engine management solution is a game-changing product that HP Tuners unveiled today at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The CORE ECU and VCM Live are not just products; they represent a bold stride in HP Tuners’ journey, catapulting the company into uncharted territory. These cutting-edge offerings are tailored for a discerning clientele who demand nothing less than absolute control and customization in their automotive endeavors.
CORE ECU has been a project three years in the making. From a single-cylinder proof of concept to what we unveiled today. – Matt Cater, HP Tuners Powertrain Engineer
Eddie Xu, the Director of Marketing at HP Tuners, expressed his excitement, stating, “CORE ECU is a significant foray into a novel domain for HP Tuners, where we’re bringing our technical prowess and inventive spirit to a segment of customers who seek the pinnacle of control and personalization. CORE ECU and VCM Live are set to swiftly become the new benchmark for Gen-III and Gen-IV LS projects.”
The new CORE ECU encapsulates the pinnacle of engine management strategies within an intuitive, user-friendly package, all while bearing the unmistakable hallmark of HP Tuners. According to Derek Morley, Director of Powertrain Engineering, “it signifies the expansion of HP Tuners’ innovative and class-leading products with a fully in-house designed engine controller.”
As a testament to HP Tuners’ dedication to delivering the ultimate in engine management the CORE ECU is packed with features. Its precision fueling control for up to 16 injectors opens up a world of possibilities for automotive enthusiasts, enabling them to optimize performance with ease. With robust support for up to eight coil packs, the ignition system ensures each cylinder ignites with precision. Furthermore, the CORE ECU’s seamless integration of dual throttle bodies enhances airflow, resulting in improved power delivery and response.
The inclusion of dual lambda controllers offers an unprecedented level of air-fuel ratio control, ensuring that every combustion event is finely tuned for maximum efficiency. With an impressive internal data logging capacity of over 150 channels at 1,000 Hz, the CORE ECU captures crucial data for analysis and fine-tuning. Its connectivity, facilitated through three CAN Bus networks (one HPT Net and two traditional CANs) and Ethernet, ensures seamless communication with various vehicle systems. Lastly, the unparalleled control over single-stage on/off and progressive nitrous systems, traction control, and turbo boost offers a level of customization that empowers drivers to push their vehicles to their limits, all while maintaining safety and precision.
The CORE ECU is primed to become the gold standard for controlling and tuning Gen-III and Gen-IV LS engines with both 24x crank and 1x cam trigger and 58x crank and 4x cam trigger configurations. This wide compatibility includes renowned LS engines such as the LS1, LS6, early LS2 (58x crank), LS3, LS7, LS9, LSA, and more.
Complementing CORE ECU is the versatile VCM Live software, offering a wealth of features including customizable time graphs, character lists, decimal adjusters, templated layouts, and the capacity for standalone data logging up to 1,000 Hz. It also boasts advanced engine protection features encompassing start/stop triggers, oil pressure limits, fuel pressure limits, and boost limits.
Delving into the technical intricacies of CORE ECU:
- Boasting an IP66 rating, it thrives in challenging environments.
- A configurable CAN architecture featuring (3) separate CAN channels (2 traditional CAN and 1 HPTNet).
- Seamlessly connects to your PC via Ethernet.
- Equipped with 2GB of onboard logging memory.
- Facilitates laptop datalogging via VCM Live.
- Employs on-board data logging for over 150 channels at 1kHz.
- Security is paramount with password protection for locking tunes.
- Numerous input and output options for unparalleled flexibility.
- Encompasses strategy functions for comprehensive control.
- Expansive capabilities for fueling, ignition control, and much more.
- Integrates seamlessly into the vehicle, enhancing overall performance.
- Compact dimensions at 7.8″ (width) x 6.8″ (height) x 2.7″ (depth) and a lightweight design at 2.5 lbs.