I should visit this forum more often as I felt like I was alone in this excursion.
My primary vehicle is 6th Gen Camaro S, but it’s tucked away for the winter.
I happened to be on the Camaro forums when I noticed over in the 2.0T subgroup there was a decent thread about the RaceChip and that application. I did some digging on their US and German website, as well as some other Googling, asking owners of the 2.0T Camaro owners and 1.6T Veloster owners about their experiences.
I noticed that they supported the 1.6T in the Veloster but nothing for the Elantra. Now, with the ES being my winter “beater” and therefore meant primarily for daily driving,
I then sent an email to their customer support and asked if they knew of any differences between the Veloster and ES that would prohibit the RaceChip from working. After about two days I got a reply from customer service that served up a boilerplate,
Originally Posted by RaceChip
Unfortunately, we don't have any RaceChips for your vehicle yet.
We don't recommend you to order the RaceChip for the Veloster.
The development process can take a few months before a RaceChip is released to assure you maximum performance and a safe drive.
Please visit back our website in a few months to check availability.
We appreciate your understanding since we cannot provide an estimated release date.
Not satisfied with this, I reached out to the RaceChip account on the Camaro6 forums and told them about how I’d be willing to try out the unit on my ES.
Someone got back with me almost instantly and gave the answer that I was expecting,
Originally Posted by RaceChip
Thanks for asking. We can definitely tune this engine. In theory, you could take the product for the Veloster 1.6T and put it in your Elantra Sport. However, we always test all applications inhouse before we release it. Otherwise, we could not guarantee a good performance.
Let me discuss this with our engineers. I will come back to you in a few days.
Futhermore, please let me know if you are willing to test it.
The next day, I got another response that I could test the GTS unit for the ES which is perfect. I did not get the module that allows for on-the-fly mode adjustments using the app since I run top tier 93 octane in all my cars anyway.
Next week I have a 12 hour round trip drive planned for the weekend so what better time to try it out.
My RaceChip should be delivered from Germany by UPS today, and it’ll be going in today.
Regarding the spark plugs, I’ve been following the directions that are for our engine, the 1.6T as found in the Veloster, not the engines in the Stinger. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with replacing the spark plugs; for the Stinger application on the RaceChip website, when you select that vehicle, as well as in the installation manual it is recommended for that platform to change the spark plugs. No such recommendation is made for the 1.6T Veloster application.
One of the benefits touted by RaceChip is it is easy to install nature. We don't have boxer engines, I had an FR-S where spark plug changes could be quite the event, so to change them is a pretty straightforward non-cumbersome task but it may be off-putting to some.
The RaceChip is a piggyback application. It is entirely reversible and undetectable. It will not be for those who require an ECU tune. And those tunes can be undetectable and reversible if you go with the spare ECU approach. The ECU in our cars is not difficult to swap if you decide to go that route. A tune that is catered towards your specific performance additions to extract the most from them would be ideal. The RaceChip and other plug-and-play options would be perfect for the stock vehicle looking to squeeze as much as can safely be extracted from the stock parts.
One would say a piggyback is an old approach that has since been eclipsed by being able to directly interface and program an ECU, and I do not disagree with that. However, ECUs will soon be further encrypted and locked down, maybe not for our application, but certainly in future vehicles and the only other option for tuning would be a standalone swap or something like the RaceChip or another piggyback solution.
Having been in the game modifying cars for performance gains and tuning since I was 17 and now some 15 years, and 10 cars later, I tend to take the more conservative approach, but still scratch that occasional itch and that's what the RaceChip offers.