DragonWorks and Tornado Eco-Flex Performance Chips by DragonWorks Performance

This is a profound review and analysis of DragonWorks Performance / Tornado Eco-Flex Chips by DragonWorks Performance. These Performance Chips were purchased on eBay from seller illuminationz-1. A direct link to the eBay store page can be found here: https://www.ebay.com/str/illuminationz-1?_trksid=p2047675.l2563 Let’s take a look:

Company Profile

The manufacturer is a company called DragonWorks Performance.

Cost

The cost on ebay at the time of this review varies, from $59.99 up to $119.99. A fairly decent price versus options available providing if claims are real. 

Product Appearance

DragonWorks Elite, DragonWorks Elite Plus, Tornado Eco-Flex Fuel Saver

The OBD performance module comes in three versions as shown above. The Green and Blue ones appear to be the first versions of the performance chip and fuel efficiency chip they offer , the Red one is the Elite Plus Edition performance booster chip. We purchased one of each of these modules via eBay for testing.

DragonWorks Performance 3 chip options

Internal Analysis

After removing the cover of each module, we immediately noticed there was much more to the circuit board than just idle leds.

DragonWorks Performance Elite Plus Edition Internal View

As for the claims, many products claim to do a lot of things, but do they really work?

We first stripped it all the way down to the connection points to the OBD2 port and we can see that all 16 pins are utilized. This is a great first sign, this tells us that it is for use in more than just one specific region of vehicles.

Data Link Connector (Vehicle OBDII Port)

The  IC has a JDM-USA Rev. 6.0 label on it. After doing several tests such as Program Memory type, CAN protocol, Program Max Memory Size, and Max CPU Speed and after all test have been made, we determined that the Chip installed is a JDM/Microchip version of the PIC16F59 with improved Programming Memory to 24KB and CAN Bus support verified through our lab tests. We have seen this relabeling from Microchip in other computer related parts such as video cards.

Close look inside the DragonWorks Performance Chip

Time for a look inside the brain of the chip:

A look inside the processor of the DragonWorks Performance Chip

It has a 4 mhz Resonator which is more accurate than the lower cost internal oscillators found on other performance chips so it cannot be another light scam chip.  It also shows in consistency for having the space utilized for a fully functioning program as well as a processor speed to make split second adjustments in real time applications.

Detailed breakdown of the processor of the DragonWorks Performance Chip

Understanding OBD Protocols

http://www.pfdiagnose.com/FAQ1.html

From this chart, we see the following protocols and which pins must be present for them to be used:

CAN – 4, 6, 14, 16

PWM -2, 4, 5, 10, 16

VPW – 2, 4, 5, 16

ISO – 4, 5, 7, 16

So we can conclude from this that the DragonWorks Performance Chip:

HAS all OBD connections to the CAN protocol

HAS all OBD connections for the PWM protocol

HAS all OBD connections for the ISO protocol

HAS all OBD connections for the VPW protocol

From these connections, the DragonWorks Performance Chip does have the capability to interface to any of these protocols. According to the product information, the company claims it is custom programmed for use with only one vehicle. Therefor each chip must be reprogrammed if you want to use in a different vehicle than you originally purchase for. (Although that is true of all custom programmed chips)

Operation

We connected each of the chips to our 2016 BMW 530i 3.0L L6 as instructed and the lights came on as expected:

For about 1 week we drove only a few miles and did notice a definite improvement in throttle response and pick up power. In addition, the idle and overall handling of the engine did seem to be smoother. To be honest we were rather impressed with the performance changes. We tested in a large run and noticed we had gained almost 5MPG on fuel economy.

Analysis

It is clear from our analysis so far that the DragonWorks Performance Chips both Elite and Elite Plus as well as the Tornado Eco-Flex Fuel Saver are capable of delivering real gains and is a good choice for those seeking a general tuning solution. We were impressed with the overall construction, ease of use, and performance gains that came is such a little device. And what is even more impressive is that this was a product that could produce such gains for such a little cost.

Conclusion

We can say with full confidence that this performance chip is an ideal buy in the automotive accessory and performance market.

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16 Replies to “DragonWorks and Tornado Eco-Flex Performance Chips by DragonWorks Performance”

    1. Yep, we have done testing on petrol turbo and it gained in performance. The testing was not on the golf GTI but the concept would be the same and they seem to know what they are doing over there so I would say you will see improvement.

      1. I ordered the chip. I’m looking forward to the result. Has the chip installed 2 boards? How many miles do I have to drive so that I notice something?

        1. I’m sure you will like the results gained, we drove about 2 miles and started noticing results. And it was a dual board quadra panel layout.

        2. I just bought the Dragon Works Elite Plus. I was going to cancel until i read this review. I asked the same question and they told me u should see a difference when u plug it in. Mine wont be till next week. After this review, i cant wait till it gets here

    1. We do our testing on only the vehicles we have at our disposal but we can say this for sure, the results we have from this device is very impressive in all areas tested. Although we do not have testing from the Veloster, based on the research we can do, we are pretty confident this companies product will work.

    1. Thanks for the review, think I’m gonna pull the trigger for my new 2019 124 spider. Total n00b question tho… You keep the chip plugged in all the time, right? But you only have to run the initialization installation process once?? Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

      Matt

      1. They designed their chip as a leave in or take out option for your convenience. It is much better than most others we have tested that require you to leave in.

    1. No these chips actually are plug in design so you can unplug them when taking in for warranty work and it will keep your warranty safe

    2. As far as i hear. Nope. They say that if u use the chip, its supposed to make ur engine run better & last longer. It doesnt affect ur warranty at all

  1. I have a 2004 audi a4 1.8t quattro.. Would this be a good investment and worth it? How much does this actually improve? (Torque and hp wise)

    1. After our testing we can say with confidence that it is a good investment. As for the power gains it is best to contact them for the accurate gains for your vehicle.

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