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Ethanol & Flex Fuel Tuning: Introduction

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Introduction

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00:00 - I'm Andre from the High Performance Academy and I'd like to welcome you to our Flex Fuel Tuning course.
00:05 This course will give you the knowledge and skills you'll need to understand how to correctly configure and tune an ECU using an ethanol blended fuel.
00:16 Regardless whether you're tuning specifically for an ethanol blend such as E85, or you're configuring a full flex fuel system where the ECU can seamlessly adjust the tune to suit any ethanol blend, this course will be ideal for you.
00:32 In this course you'll learn what ethanol blended fuels are, how the properties of ethanol can offer a performance improvement over regular pump fuel, and why the amount of fuel being supplied needs to be varied as the ethanol content changes.
00:49 You'll also learn a variety of strategies that can be incorporated with both standalone and factory ECUs to handle ethanol fuel blends, and ensure a tune that offers optimum performance while maintaining reliability.
01:04 Over the last decade we've seen ethanol become an increasingly popular fuel choice in the performance industry, and when you consider the list of advantages, you can see why.
01:16 Ethanol based fuels such as E85 provide us with a fuel that in many countries is available at the pump, yet often has the ability to produce similar or better power to some of the specifically developed race fuels.
01:31 All of this also comes at a fraction of the price of these same race fuels.
01:36 With the popularity of ethanol based fuels in the performance tuning aftermarket, its adoption as a fuel of choice has been very quick in many countries.
01:46 Particularly those where it's available at the pump.
01:50 That being said though, despite the obvious benefits of ethanol, it also has some large pitfalls that are often overlooked or misunderstood and you will learn about these in this course too.
02:02 With tuning in general and particularly when we're dealing with more advanced topics such as flex fuel, there isn't always a right or wrong way to approach the tuning.
02:13 The techniques I'll present in this course are the techniques that I've personally developed over my career, and they're designed to give you a sensible step by step approach that you can apply to your own tuning.
02:25 These steps will ensure that you get great results without overlooking any critical steps.
02:31 Once you're comfortable with the techniques you may want to adapt them to suit your own preferences.
02:37 Before we move on it's important to note that this course is not designed to teach you how to tune, and assumes a thorough understanding of the principals of EFI tuning, as well as how to apply these techniques and principals on either the road or a dyno.
02:54 Instead this course will teach you how to take ethanol fuel into account during your tuning procedure and optimise your tune to suit this fuel.
03:04 If you're not confident or experienced with EFI tuning in general, I'd recommend starting with our EFI Tuning Fundamentals course, and either our Practical Standalone Tuning course, or our Practical Reflash Tuning course, along with our Understanding Air Fuel Ratio courses first.