A Powerful History

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Yep, we've even worked on a Model-T!

Powerchips was started 25 years ago by Sue Collins of Collins Performance Engineering Ltd, an already well established tuning company with a good background in high performance road, rally and race cars.

Originally, Collins Performance Engineering Ltd entered into the world of automotive electronically controlled management systems in 1985. Back then it was by working on the early management systems of the hugely popular fast Fords like the Escort RS Turbo and Sierra RS Cosworth in which Collins gained it’s initial knowledge.

PowerchipsPowerchipsPowerchips specialised in these management systems as seen on the Ford Escort Turbo and Ford Cosworth range to start with, and then branched further into the EEC management systems of the later Fords before expanding the range of Powerchips into being able to modify the majority of ECU’s from many different marque’s of vehicle.
To start with, Powerchips were only one of a very small collection of companies in the 80’s and early 90’s that were able to modify and improve automotive engine management systems.

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With the excessive research and development that Collins Performance Engineering and Powerchips put into the Ford Sierra Cosworth’s not only enabled them to supply parts but also build, and run cars for some of the privateers in the fantastic British Touring Car championship during the glory years of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Powerchips helped some of these teams run the electronics of the works race cars, enabling the privateers to race the famous and truly fantastic RS500 Cosworth’s as they were intended, with over 500BHP! One of these drivers is still running successfully in the BTCC today with a Vectra.

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During this glorious era racing in the mid 80’s and 90’s, Sue Collins’ own expertise enabled her to both run and race a car in the popular Vecta Challenge, a one make race series for Ford vehicles. To start with, Sue used one of her own race prepared Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth’s, and then was later changed for the monstrous Ford RS200 Evolution, for which Collins Performance Engineering was an official Ford service agent, being one of only a handful in the world!

Collins Performance Engineering are still racing today, going in a straight line with a Top Fuel Funny Car which has somewhere in the region of 6000-7000 BHP and terminates the quarter mile at over 300 mph, a site that has to be seen, heard and felt to be truly appreciated!
Over the decades Powerchips has grown and grown to where they are today, offering a massive range of electronic tuning products for an even bigger portfolio of vehicles.
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