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Sorry if this has already been addressed.
I am considering a Factory Sport ECU for my 2005 Lotus Elise. I know the new ECU will not have my VIN.
I will call the dealer Monday to see if they would scan my VIN into the Sport ECU. Has anybody had this done?
Will this ECU pass smog emissions testing otherwise? I would think it would as primarily the cam change profile is the main change.
I will not purchase the Sport ECU if there are testing implications.
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Why bother with a new ECU? Get the Fastworks upgrade and you'll have the cam change and more, plus you'll be emissions compliant! Better use of your money
Thanks, I'll check that out.
 

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This is from a 2007 post

This ECU remaps the cam switch point for optimised track usage (5750 from 6200 rpm). All other ecu programing is retained which allows this upgrade to meet all 50 state regs. Installation DOES NOT AFFECT THE MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY.

Pricing:
2005: $795.00
2006/7: $995.00
I had one of the very early CharlieX tunes (from 2006) that was a version of this and I never had any problems passing emissions (in Texas). All the emission monitors showed up.

That being said the cam change is not THAT big of a deal on a normally aspirated car. It was nice because the torque curve was very smooth in the car. I don't know what these cost now, but that price above is still cheaper then a Fastworks setup. The Fastworks is very nice, but it will cost you some money. The level 1 honestly wasn't that big of a deal. The datalogging and learning reset is probably the 2 things I used the most. And those are part of the base package.

The Level 1 does allow you to change some handy things, but Phil already has them set at good levels to begin with.

Level 2 is a whole 'nother beast, and it is really good stuff. But the cost is quite high. It's really nice being able to tweak parameters to get the car running....but I would have preferred to have a car that ran good with the original setup. But regardless, the door is open for me now.

So what I'm getting at, is that the Lotus Sport ECU will give you a small upgrade and it will work, but that will be it. You will not have anymore temptation to expand upon it. If you get the Fastworks, you might find yourself wanting to keep upgrading it for the other features.
 
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