Study Shows that Default Car Settings Lead to Massive Fuel Loss

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Optimizing the motor management setting of every car could lead to saving 3.5 million gallons of fuel a year, according to a 2008 study by the Dutch company Zip Tuning. Optimizing the default factory settings can lead to an average decrease of 5% in fuel usage, the study shows.

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The car industry spills nearly 3.5 million gallons of fuel a year by standardizing the motor management software, in stead of fine tuning it correctly. This is the main outcome of a research conducted by Dutch company Zip Tuning.

In 2007 alone, 84,4 million barrels of oil were produced every day, which is exhausting the environment. During the past 5 years, an average of nearly 68,2 million gallons of gasoline, made from raw oil, ended up in the engine of an American car. Based on the average mileage in the US, that could have made a single car drive over 1,5 billion miles.

The solution would have been motor management optimization. Thousands of people find their way to a tuning shop every year to get a tuning chip; a chip that adjusts the settings of a car to the most optimal settings. While most people buy these chips because of the extra horse powers and/ or torque, a tuning chip most often results in a car that's more fuel balanced as well. On average, chip tuning a car would improve the mileage by 4.9%, based on data provided by Zip Tuning!

Based on the numbers above, Zip Tuning has calculated that this would mean that -if every car would have been set up the right way at the factory- 3,410,000 gallons of American gasoline fuel (or 12,5 million liters) could have been saved on a yearly basis. With the current fuel prices of around $4 a gallon, that's a yearly loss of over twelve million dollar over the past seven years.

About Zip Tuning
Zip Tuning is a Dutch company, specialized in motor software optimization. Zip tuning has developed a tuning calculator that provides information about the ideal settings of nearly every car type. More info at


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