No Need to Change Your Fuel Map with the PROFLEX Commander
December 04, 2017
The biggest problem with E85 tunes is that they don't automatically adapt to the real ethanol content that comes from the pump. The truth is that the real ethanol content of E85 fuel varies wildly from tank to tank, from pump to pump, and by time of year. This leads to inconsistent performance and potential vehicle harm as vehicles tuned for E85 don't have the ability to sense different ethanol contents and adjust accordingly. This can be dangerous when you don't get the fuel blend you were expecting. E85 tunes start to become an even bigger problem when E85 isn't available where you need to fill up. With a typical E85 tune you need to run the tank so it's completely dry, then pull out a laptop to switch the fuel map when you switch back. And then when you finally leave the station your pump gas tune still won’t be correct until you go through another gas fill-up cycle to completely remove the residual E85 that the fuel pump can’t get out on its own. And if you forget to change maps, running the wrong fuel for your tune can be disastrous and cause major engine damage. But the PROFLEX Commander from Advanced Fuel Dynamics makes your car smarter and takes the guesswork out of tuning for E85, giving you the most performance no matter what fuel blend you are running. Similar to the variability of E85, adding standard gasoline to a partial tank of E85 naturally lowers the ethanol content. Even with a full tank of standard gasoline, your engine could still be running on E85 in the lines and a static tune won't be able to compensate as the blend of the two fuels gradually changes over to standard gas over the next few tanks. The PROFLEX Commander can read changes in the ethanol content of the fuel that is being sent to the engine for combustion and makes adjustments to the fuel map in real-time. And it's all done automatically without pushing buttons, flipping switches, or loading software. Just fill up and drive. For an added insight, the PROFLEX Connect smartphone app wirelessly connects to the PROFLEX Commander system and can show the actual ethanol content of your fuel on an easy to read display. You can watch the ethanol percentage change as the fuel mixes while you drive. In the video below, you can see just how easy and seamless the switch to pump gas is when we filled the tank on our shop M3 after running low on E85. The PROFLEX Commander adapted as the ethanol content dropped from 65% all the way down to 15% in just a few minutes. And it did it all automatically. We all know that the best way to enjoy a powerful and fast car is to drive it. The performance that is possible with E85 and ethanol blend fuels is impressive and can give you even more of a rush on the road or the track. But the headaches that come with tuning for ethanol can often mean that your vehicle is not running at peak performance. We started Advanced Fuel Dynamics and created the PROFLEX Commander system to get rid of the guesswork and ensure your vehicle makes the most power possible, no matter the blend of ethanol in your tank, so all you have to do is fill up and drive. If you want to see more of our PROFLEX Commander product demos, head over to our YouTube Channel and browse our track videos and dyno sessions to see the results yourself.