Superchips Announces Results Of Fuel Economy Towing Test

September 2008 News
Sanford, FL - Superchips continues to push the limits on reliability and results for their customers by announcing the results of a year long fuel efficiency towing test in conjunction with Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE).
 
A 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 5.9L Quad cab was tuned with the towing calibration in a Superchips Cortex hand-held programmer. Nine comparable vehicles were maintained within the fleet (see tables 1 & 2) and run on stock settings. Each vehicle towed, over the course of a year, a forty foot trailer with a payload of 13,500 pounds around the country in support of RPDE's NASCAR show car program. Superchips' Cortex programmer saved RPDE 19.68% in fuel consumption resulting in an improved range of over 72 miles per tank. "We've been very impressed with the results of the test with Superchips. To pick up almost 20% goes right to the bottom line, not to mention the drivers' satisfaction with the improved power and drivability," states Chris McKee, Director of Promotions & Media Relations at RPDE. "Doing the math, if we had the Superchips Cortex on all eleven of our trucks that would have saved us over 2,300 gallons of fuel. Needless to say were impressed with Superchips on our pickup trucks."
 
Table 1: Actual Results - Tuned Vehicle
 
Vehicle
Engine
Payload
Miles Driven
MPG
Miles Per Tank
2006 Ram 3500
5.9L Cummins
40 foot trailer 13,500 lbs.
27,560
12.58
440.23
 
Table 2: Actual Results Stock Vehicles
 
Vehicle
Engine
Payload
Miles Driven
MPG
Miles Per Tank
2006 Ram 3500
5.9L Cummins
40 foot trailer 13,500 lbs.
22,946
10.26
358.94
2006 Ram 3500
5.9L Cummins
40 foot trailer 13,500 lbs.
16,674
10.43
365.17
2005 Ram 3500
5.9L Cummins
40 foot trailer 13,500 lbs.
19,778
10.57
369.86
2005 Ram 3500
5.9L Cummins
40 foot trailer 13,500 lbs.
4,055
9.04
316.49
2005 Ram 3500
5.9L Cummins
40 foot trailer 13,500 lbs.
28,075
10.49
367.06
2006 Ram 3500
5.9L Cummins
40 foot trailer 13,500 lbs.
12,820
10.98
384.17
2008 Ram 3500
5.9L Cummins
40 foot trailer 13,500 lbs.
29,675
10.56
369.61
2006 Ram 3500
5.9L Cummins
40 foot trailer 13,500 lbs.
15,664
10.94
382.98
Totals
 
 
146,987
10.41
364.29
 
Table 3: Estimated Results Tuning All Eleven RPDE Dodge Trucks With Superchips Cortex
 
Truck
Miles Driven
Gallons Used
MPG
Miles Per Tank
Fuel Expense
Stock Fleet
146,987
13,986.44
10.41
364.29
$65,036.95
Tuned Fleet
146,987
11,684.18
12.58
440.30
$54,331.44
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gallons Saved
MPG Pick-up
Miles Per Tank Pick-up
Estimated Fuel Savings
 
 
2,302.26
2.07
72.47
$10,705.51
 
Tom Bennett, President of Superchips states, "We really try to find ways to personalize the performance of a vehicle for our customers. The team at RPDE wanted optimized towing power while lowering operating expenses. The test results prove Superchips can deliver power and fuel economy. In tow mode their trucks are picking up an additional 90 HP, 200 ft/lbs. of torque, and almost 20% in fuel savings."
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