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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Launch Control with the Cobb Accessport

The Cobb Accessport truely is a very handy device. Although some people prefer to tune using other methods, the Cobb Accessport still has some very important functions. It can easily datalog and display over dozens of variables, it's a code reader, has a built in 0-60 MPH and quarter mile test, and tuners can easily install custom tunes into your Accessport so that you can switch tunes anytime!

The launch control feature is actually a very handy thing to have during racing events. Not just at the drag strip, but even when you attend autocross events. Anything that requires you to shave seconds off your runs, the launch control function will help you out. You may be incredibly good at launching without launch control, but it is much harder to keep consistent. Cobb's two step launch control allows users to easily set their desired RPM, and just go nuts. No more blipping the throttle to build boost. With launch control, the user can keep their foot all the way down on the gas pedal, while the car maintains a certain amount of boost, so when you launch, you will get all the power you need right off the line.

As mentioned in the video, if you are going to launch your car, please do it at your own risk. Launching any car can be extremely harmful to the drivetrain. You will also want to adjust your launching RPM accordingly. If you have extremely sticky tires, you may need to set your launch RPM higher. The trick to launching this AWD car is to either let the tires slip, or your clutch slip. Personally, I think slipping the tires is a better way to go. I've considered the STI's extremely sticky Bridgestone Potenzas in my launch. I believed 5000 RPM would be enough to break traction off the line, which it did. If you are using different tires, or launching on different road conditions, please set your RPMs differently for best results. The best thing about this launch control is that you can adjust it on the fly. With or without your engine running, feel free to change the settings whenever you want.

Although flat foot shifting was part of this tune, I felt no need to use it. I may write about it later on, if I ever get to use it.

1 comment:

  1. This is so awesome! Thank you for sharing! I know that my husband would love this and the cobb accessport! I have been looking all over and learning all sorts of new things for him and his loves! Thanks for sharing!


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