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Launch Control: Introduction

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00:00 - Welcome to HPA's Advanced Functions launch control course.
00:05 You can have all the power in the world, but if you can't harness that power and get it to the ground consistently, then you could end up feeling very embarrassed when the flag drops.
00:15 Many will argue that a skilled driver can do a better job of launching a car than a computer, and while it's possible to do a great job with just your right foot, an ECU is able to do exactly the same thing every time, providing the consistency that's so hard for a human to achieve.
00:34 If you've taken any of HPA's existing courses, you know that the basics of electronic fuel injection are actually relatively simple.
00:43 Despite the technology involved, fundamentally, EFI is just a method of providing the engine with the correct amount of fuel and the correct ignition advance.
00:53 While fuel and ignition form the basis of any tuning job, the advances with modern EFI have provided us with some real advantages, compared to what could have ever been achieved using carburetors.
01:06 I'm talking about the more advanced functions, such as continuously variable cam control, electronic throttle actuation, knock control, and advanced motorsport functions such as traction control and launch control.
01:22 This course will focus specifically on launch control.
01:25 We're going to look at the principles behind launch control so that you can understand what's going on inside the ECU as well as what we're trying to achieve.
01:36 Understanding this is going to let you do a better job of applying the function in your own tuning.
01:42 Every ECU manufacturer has their own approach to operating these advanced functions, as well as their own set of parameters that are available for you to adjust.
01:53 Once we've covered the universal concepts of launch control, we'll then offer a worked example specific to a certain ECU so you can see exactly how to approach the configuration and tuning.
02:07 Further worked examples will be added to this course over time, and these will be available to you at no extra charge.
02:15 With tuning in general, and particularly when we're dealing with these advanced functions, there isn't always a right or wrong way to approach the tuning.
02:25 The techniques I will 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.
02:38 Once you're comfortable with the techniques, feel free to adapt them to suit your own preferences.