The power of remapping or reprogramming the e39 is presently in the hands of a handful of companies
The time has come for the secrets to be passed to the m5 community
This will enable new innovations to be released that are not driven by commercial concerns
The model for putting the power into consumers hands is not new, it is already being done for other makes
For Subaru and mitsubshi, there is a web site Main Page - OpenECU
If there is support on this board, I want to form a group and web forum that is based on a similar concept
The power to map the E39 M5 can be put into our hands, and we can share information on the forum
I would like to know feedback from members to see if people agree generally with the concept, and if others are prepared to offer help
In particular, we need two members in greater London, and two members in the USA that are prepared to be "moderators" on the forum and drive and promote the site.
Those moderators will also be given training in how to tune, a licensed version of winols and a super map pack that will allow the tuned files that are created to be shared on the forum
The training will be done in person, and will be done at zero cost to the potential moderators, no cost for training, no cost for access to the tuning hardware and software
The training will consist not just on how to use the import function in winols, but also how to use the twin OLS300 emulators that allow real time changes to be made while the car is on the road or on the dyno
All four moderators will have a full winols license available to them, NOT cracked versions
This is very expensive equipment that most tuning companies (especially in the UK) don't have access to because the E39 M5 requires two emulators which cost thousands of dollars /pounds each
This equipment will be shared by the four moderators
Please note that the site won't be promoting the copying of commercial files, but the site will enable stock readings to be posted to the forum, and one of the four trained moderators will provide a tuned file free of charge
Over time, members will convert the map pack definitions into a commercially available XML based editor like tunercat or ecuflash
This will allow YOU to change all the important maps yourself or let your dyno operator map the car on the dyno
It is hoped that an inexpensive USB flash tool (under $100) will be offered for sale on the site just like on openecu.org, it will be able to program an unlimited number of cars, and is not locked to one car like the cable that Evolve and ESS purchase from a third party
Yes, the flash tools look the same for a reason
The end user flash tools sold by ESS and Evolve are designed by Mr Guy Frieling and manufactured by Frieling Racing*
In terms of the map changes, ANY changes presently offered by the commercial tuners will be offered by the moderators
This includes readiness being set on US cars that Evolve offers but Powerchip does not
It includes sport button memory and fixing the carbon code issue
Maps for 97 and 99 octane UK fuel, and 91 and 93 USA maps are available initially, other variants will be developed over time by moderators and members
We will not be using the flashtool that ESS and Evolve presently purchase from Guy Frieling
Initially, members will be free to use flash-cables that are presently sold for about $30 on eBay
As soon as the moderators training commences, the website and forum will be launched
We do not seek to start any conflict with present or past sponsors on here, in fact we welcome their support and assistance
There will still be a market for people that want the peace of mind that comes with other advantages like a warranty and the commercial tuners like Evolve and Powerchip will still have a following I'm sure.
Their input will be welcomed on the forum because of their experience, but the input will be one of SHARING the knowledge to assist the community free of commercial concerns
For example, Powerchip and Evolve do not presently sell upgrades to suit ESS superchargers because they say they do not wish to for commercial reasons. On the forum, this, and similar activity will be encouraged.
As soon as the website is established, the group will then become a paid sponsor of this messageboard.
If there are members here interested in becoming trained in remapping, please reply in this thread indicating your reasons for your interest
And if you are supportive of the doors to the tuning of our cars being thrown open then I would welcome the feedback
If you are considering remapping or tuning your car, I suggest you wait for a couple of weeks until the site goes live, we are about to change the game forever.
So to summarize, if having a dyno developed map for your car for about $30 is of interest, stay tuned
The E39 tuning market just changed overnight, and we hope you want to become a part of it!!!!!!
There might be pressure from existing sponsors to close this discussion, but as a future sponsor next month I hope the moderators allow free discussion
Again, we WELCOME the current tuners of the M5 to assist the whole community