Aftermarket tuning is a hot space with lots of passion, interest, and money. It gives car enthusiasts endless avenues to not only increase vehicle performance, but to also transfer a bit of their personality onto their ride. But not every car is friendly to the process of tuning. Take the 2019 Corvette ZR1, for an example. General Motors and Chevrolet installed new security protocols on 2019 model year Corvettes to thwart would-be hackers and other nefarious actors. One downside to the latest security protocols? Tuning. The added security has made it difficult for tuners to do what they want, and affected cars include the 2019 Corvette ZR1. Luckily, HP Tuners has found a workaround.
The aftermarket tuning company says that it can tune the 2019 Corvette ZR1 with its MPVI2 and latest Beta software. Calibration requires a modified engine control module that has to be purchased from HP Tuners. However, owners can exchange their stock ECM for a modified one through the firm’s exchange program. Pricing ranges from roughly $2,000-$2,500.
Of course, there’s always a risk when swamping an ECM, and such a swap could have negative ramifications on the warranty of the 2019 Corvette ZR1, which could be enough to dissuade some from tuning their super car until after the warranty expires. After all, the last thing any owner would want is to be stuck with a voided warranty.
Nevertheless, the HP Tuners modified ECM is just more proof that there’s a ton of potential for the 2019 Corvette ZR1 and its supercharged 6.2L LT5 V8 engine. Tuning a vehicle is a right of passage for some, and it sucks that GM’s new security protocols limits that ability. Then again, as cars become more connected to the Internet of Things, and cram more new technologies inside, the opportunity for nefarious actors to cause damage also rises. It’s the world we live in, but that’s why companies like HP Tuners dedicate the resources to circumvent those new security protocols in the name of more horsepower and more fun.
Source: Corvette Blogger