Volvo V50 2.4 20V
Evolve Cars, Inc.
Digital Adrenaline For Your…
Volvo V50 2.4 20V
Powerchip technology enhances your Volvo to its ultimate level,
delivering faster, smoother acceleration in all driving conditions.
Whether you enjoy a leisurely weekend cruise or a hard racetrack
drive – there is no easier and more effective way to release the
potential from your V50 2.4 20V.
The following information is an overview of the performance the
Powerchip will deliver. If you have any questions, we will assist you as
best as possible. We look forward to giving you the best performance
possible from your Volvo.
Powerchip Code
V50 2.4 20V
From Jan 05
In standard form the Volvo V50 2.4 20V produces 168 hp at the
flywheel, and Powerchip improves the engine power to 188 hp.
Power (hp)
Gold 91
Gold 93
The extra performance achieved by the POWERCHIP allows your
vehicle to respond much better than stock V50 2.4 20Vs. You will
notice an effortless push back into the driver’s seat, to give you a
much more enjoyable and at times safer driving experience. The
POWERCHIP will tap into your Volvo’s ‘hidden reserves’, to give you an
immediately noticeable improvement from your vehicle – we
guarantee it!
Torque is a measurement of your engines pulling power, and it’s
torque that pulls you up hills, allowing your engine a more linear and
aggressive acceleration curve. With the POWERCHIP, you notice the
increase in torque right throughout the rev range, which gives you far
greater flexibility at low engine revolutions. Towing will become less
demanding, and you will no longer feel the need to take the engine to
the redline in each gear to get the performance you demand... It’s
always there for you, when you really need it most!
Torque (lb.ft)
Gold 91
Gold 93
Increased Power and Torque results in faster acceleration. And it is
not just standing start acceleration that is improved, your in-gear
acceleration is improved and faster.
If overtaking is important to you, you will feel safe knowing that you
spend less time on the “wrong side of the road”, improving the safety
of your car, for you and your family or passengers.
Perhaps you feel that you need that extra bit of power when you are
lined up at the "traffic light grand prix" against another car with similar
(or more) power? If you want to have the unfair advantage that will
give you more ‘GO’ away from the lights, you need a Powerchip
performance software upgrade for your V50 2.4 20V.
Fitting Details
Your car uses an ECU which has 'flash' memory. The flash EPROM
inside the ECU is a hybrid and cannot be modified in the conventional
chip tuning method. Powerchip can 'flash' program the EPROM device
by interfacing with the computer's wiring connector plug to reprogram
the chip that contains the engine's fuel delivery, ignition timing and
throttle response settings. The ECU will need to be removed from the
vehicle and sent via overnight courier to Powerchip. We have full
photo ECU removal instructions to assist you and we will contact you
after the order is made to organise the shipping information and
other details.
On Road Development
Where Powerchip really shines out over its competitors is the
emphasis and time spent refining the program for drivability and
enjoyment. Much more a ‘real world’ gain than full throttle horse
power runs on a dyno, part throttle refinement is a gain everyone
uses every time they drive the vehicle. Flat spots and poor off the line
performance are smoothed out in this process, and transient throttle
conditions are made razor sharp for the ultimate in response. Real
time changes to tables like throttle response and power enrichment
are done on road to fine tune the driving experience of the vehicle,
with acceleration timing equipment used to ensure consistent and
measurable gains in part throttle drivability.
Beyond the impressive torque and power gains on full throttle, many
hours were spent refining the part throttle timing maps for maximum
throttle response and driveability. Both the full throttle and part
throttle maps are changed for improved driveability in day-to-day
In other words, you don’t need to be on the racetrack to notice the
Powerchip performance improvement.
Manufacturers Tolerances
Volvo unfortunately leaves large tolerances in the performance
characteristics of its entire fleet to allow for drivers that are negligent
on maintenance, and who are non-enthusiasts. The V50 2.4 20V is
‘de-tuned’ to be able to run on the poorest grade of fuel that the car
is likely to encounter anywhere in the world, and also to allow for the
small percentage of owners who put their cars reliability to the test
due to their lack of mechanical understanding. In most cases, our
clients are enthusiasts who place more emphasis on the performance
characteristics of their vehicle, and therefore the Powerchip does not
need to be programmed as conservatively as the stock software.
Modified Spark Advance
In the old days the ignition distributor controlled the engine spark
timing. Changes to the position in the distributor will result in changed
ignition settings, and is a good method of ‘tune-up’ for older vehicles.
Modern engine ignition is controlled by a series of tables or maps.
These maps give the engine any instructions required to operate,
under ALL load and rev per minute access points.
Similar to the old systems, advancing the point of ignition within a
cylinder results in increased horsepower and toque. It is important
not to advance the timing beyond the capabilities of the fuel used, or
else detonation can occur. Peak horsepower is achieved when
ignition timing is set as close to the point of detonation as possible,
without exceeding it. This is the primary purpose for asking the octane
rating each client uses most frequently, so that the software is set to
the correct level of ignition advance for the fuel used.
The end result of ignition advance changes is increased horsepower
and torque, resulting in better acceleration and various other driving
49 State Emissions Legal
The Powerchip complies with U.S. EPA Memorandum 1A, or it has not
been found nor is believed to be unlawful for use under the provisions
of the Clean Air Act. Currently, Powerchip is not legal in California for
vehicles that may be used on a highway. Powerchip is currently
undergoing testing for certification under the Californian Air
Resources Board (CARB) exemption process.
Our Satisfaction Guarantee
Every Powerchip sold in North America comes with an unconditional
14-day money back guarantee. This ensures that the Powerchip will
live up to your expectations, not ours! If for any reason you are
unsatisfied with the Powerchip, you may return the Powerchip to your
place of purchase for a full refund of the purchase price (not including
shipping and handling, installation and removal etc.).
Our satisfaction guarantee offers you total peace of mind, and makes
the purchase of the Powerchip risk free. By purchasing a Powerchip
you have nothing to lose – and everything to gain!
Octane ratings
The Powerchip is designed to get the best from your engine, and to do
this you must use a high performance fuel (91 Octane minimum). It is
not possible to improve the performance on late model fuel injected
vehicles using poor quality fuels, such as 87 or 89 octane. When
ordering your Powerchip upgrade, we will ask you for the octane
rating you would like your program to run.
Powerchip Gold 91 is designed to run on fuel with an octane rating of
either 91 or 92. Powerchip Gold 93 is designed to run on fuel with an
octane rating of 93 or higher. We highly recommend that you use the
highest-octane fuel available to you, such as 92, 93 or 94 octane if a
higher than 91-octane fuel is available.
All Gold 93 Powerchips come with a three year, unlimited mile
warranty, which means that if anything occurs with the Powerchip in
that time, we will replace it without charge to you. An optional
extended Powerchip warranty is also available at an additional $90 at
the time of ordering. This extends the warranty period on any Power
chip to six years.
The terms and conditions of the Powerchip warranties can be viewed
in detail on our web site at
To briefly summarize the information: if your car is covered by a new
or dealer warranty, the dealer may not ‘void’ a warranty simply
because you have fitted an aftermarket product. SEMA, the
automotive aftermarket industry body in North America has made the
following statements regarding aftermarket products such as
performance chips...
"The vehicle manufacturer is not allowed to void the vehicle warranty
just because aftermarket equipment is installed on the vehicle..."
"...In cases where such a failed aftermarket part is responsible for a
warranty claim, the (vehicle) manufacturer must arrange a settlement
with the part manufacturer, but the new vehicle warrant is not void
under the law."
"If the failure to honor a claim involves the new-vehicle warranty, and
it appears that the (vehicle) manufacturer is improperly denying a
claim, the incident should be reported to the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC)."
The fitment of the Powerchip will not have a detrimental effect on
your vehicle performance or engine longevity, and therefore does not
interfere with the manufacturers warranty in any way.
Value for a Lifetime
The investment you make in the Powerchip will last for as long as you
keep your car, and for most of our customers, that is normally for 3 or
4 years. So when you consider the benefits of the chip over a number
of years, it is not a lot to pay for extra performance you will probably
use nearly every day. As a percentage of the total cost of your car, the
Powerchip works out to be very cost effective.
Cost Effectiveness
As we all know, modifying late model vehicles is not a cheap exercise,
however, when you look at it on a hp per dollar basis, the POWERCHIP
comes in ahead of any other modification you could make to your
Volvo. Have a look at just how well the POWERCHIP stacks up:
hp Gain
20 hp
The POWERCHIP is designed to offer excellent value for money
compared with other modifications you might be planning in the
COST USD($) (not including shipping/handling)
Gold 91
Gold 93
Contact Details
If you have any further questions or would like additional information,
please contact us on 626.305.5529 (phone), 626.305.5379 (fax),
by email at or by postal mail at 156 West
Pomona Avenue, Monrovia, California, 91016. Alternatively, visit our
website at
Evolve Cars, Inc. is an authorized Powerchip development partner and official reseller.
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