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What is pedal lag?
Previous to the last 10-15 years, a car’s throttle was directly connected to the accelerator pedal via a steel throttle cable. Now, that method has been forgotten with the past and exchanged for electronic throttle control (drive-by-wire). The reason for the switch probably has to do with the strict emissions standards that have been placed on all vehicles in the United States, U.K., and China over the last 20 years. Drive-by-wire systems ensure that exhaust emissions are kept at a minimum with minimal interruption to the driving experience.
When an actual cable was being used, any pedal lag could be blamed on the cable being stretched until there was slack or the engine being out of tune. However, with a modern drive-by-wire system we experience pedal lag due to a complex computer with settings to accommodate the largest number of drivers. Pedal lag is a precaution put in place to prevent any dirty emissions from escaping the vehicle in the first few moments of acceleration as well as to reduce any jumpiness in the driving experience.
Whether I still need to modify other aspects after installing Launch Pad throttle controller?
No, the improvement Launch Pad throttle controller made to vehicle performance doesn’t exceed the limit of the original design, so there is no need for extra modification.
What does Launch Pad do?
Launch Pad electronic throttle controller modifies the voltage signal from the drive-by-wire pedal system to allow you to tune the response from your gas pedal and reduce the “dead zone” or throttle lag. Launch Pad provides new points of reference for the vehicle’s throttle mapping, creating a sharper throttle curve and introducing the throttle earlier in the pedal stroke, and improving throttle response and, in turn, acceleration.
The best part about Launch Pad is its ability to gain complete control over your vehicle’s throttle response. So, if your engine is too responsive, you can dampen its response to a lower level. You can change settings while driving so if you’re towing a heavy load you can adjust the setting to account for the extra weight.
Will the Launch Pad throttle controller be useful to the car without any modification?
Launch Pad throttle controller can obviously improve the throttle sensitivity, it will be effective as long as the car is with electronic throttle.
What are the functions of each driving mode?
Normal mode: original factory settings, natural performance
Econ mode: slower throttle response, more comfortable and environmentally friendly. Best used on congested roads and to lower fuel consumption.
Sport mode: improve throttle response, eliminate throttle delay. Best used on urban roads and for a balance between sport and econ modes.
Sport+ mode: better throttle response, sufficient power. Best used for interstate and racetrack driving.
Race mode: the fiercest acceleration mode, the fastest acceleration response. Best used for racing and for the ultimate driving experience.
i-Auto mode: identify driving habits automatically, customize the best response for the driver, no switching between modes.
How much fuel can Launch Pad throttle controller save in Econ mode?
About 5%~10% based on driving habits
What about the other two modes?
Lock mode: lock the vehicle, keep idle state, and use a password to unlock and drive normally.
Save Mode: allows you to keep your settings for the next time you start your vehicle.
Does Launch Pad work with manual and automatic transmissions?
Yes, Launch Pad throttle controllers can be used with both manual and automatic transmissions. They can also be individually programmed with either transmission.
How hard is installation going to be?
For most vehicles, Launch Pad can be installed in under 5 minutes. No tools or technical knowledge are required. Each device comes with an installation instruction manual. Launch Pad is designed with ease in mind so anyone and everyone can use it! See our installation guide here.
Will the installation of Launch Pad throttle controller increase the fuel consumption?
Both normal mode and econ will not increase fuel consumption, sport mode P1 and P2 increases fuel consumption within 5%-10%.
Is Launch Pad universal or vehicle specific?
Each Launch Pad throttle controller is specifically programmed to each vehicle, making them unable to be transferred across different makes and models.
What effect will long-term use of Launch Pad throttle controller have on the engine?
Long-term use of Launch Pad throttle controller can avoid the engine carbon deposition, stabilize the rotating speed, make the engine respond quickly.
Will Launch Pad void my new car warranty?
This is a tough question to answer since not all new car warranties are the same and can be interpreted differently from dealership to dealership. However, we do know that Launch Pad doesn’t require any wire cutting and cannot cause any damage to your vehicle and that there’s a “normal mode” which reverts your vehicle’s throttle back to factory settings. Launch Pad can be easily uninstalled without a trace of ever being there.
Is there any harmful effect after installing Launch Pad throttle controller?
Launch Pad throttle controller doesn’t alter the vehicle oil line and circuit, so it won’t have an impact on the vehicle. Instead, because of the high sensitivity of throttle, it will effectively avoid the engine carbon deposition, stabilize the rotating speed, make the engine respond quickly.
How do I use the Launch Pad app?
Check out our complete guide to install, set-up, and use the Launch Pad app here.
Whether automatic car can only be set in automatic mode?
No, when the automatic car is set in manual mode, the speed-up effect will be better, but it will also be more difficult to shift gear. Therefore, setting automatic mode for the automatic car will be easier for you to shift gear, meanwhile, more comfortable and fuel-efficient.
Does Launch Pad increase horsepower?
No, Launch Pad throttle controllers will not increase power output. They do not have any effect on fuel mapping, air to fuel ratio or injection timing. However, Launch Pad does change the way your throttle responds, reducing any lag or delay in the throttle system and sharpening response time.
Is Launch Pad good for towing?
Yes, Launch Pad is the perfect tool for towing! It will help your vehicle up to speed from a standing start and use less effort to do so. This places less strain on your motor and will end up using less fuel, especially when driving in suburban or urban areas where there is a lot of stopping and starting.
Can it be turned off at any time?
You can turn on or off at any time before the ignition, but can’t set after starting the ignition, mainly for security.
Will Launch Pad throttle controller have an impact on the trip computer?
No, as it doesn’t alter any vehicle oil line and circuit
Which mode of Launch Pad throttle controller is better?
This depends on individual preference, sport mode will bring obvious speed response, suitable for riders who pursue speed; while there isn’t obvious speed response for original car mode, but it can still eliminate throttle lag.
How long is the working life of Launch Pad throttle controller?
Launch Pad throttle controllers have a working lifespan of more than 20 years, far exceeds the lifetime of vehicles
Why do I need to distinguish between manual mode and automatic mode?
The automatic transmission mode is to avoid the frequent downshifting of automatic car, so the driver can control the downshift according to the manipulation rule of uninstalling the Launch Pad throttle controller, and the manual car can get the best speed-up effect in manual mode.
Is the Launch Pad acceleration effect obvious?
Very obvious. According to our statistics, 90% of users have already been very satisfied with the effect of Launch Pad throttle controller in half an acceleration state.
What kind of vehicles can Launch Pad be installed in?
Launch Pad is a kind of intelligent modified parts used to solve the electronic throttle lag, suitable for vehicles with electronic throttle.
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