If you’re like most drivers, you probably rely on your brake pedal to slow down and stop your car. But what if there was a way to speed up and slow down without using your brakes? Introducing Pedal Commander, the device that lets you take control of your car’s acceleration!
But what is Pedal commander? Let’s find our here.
How Does Pedal Commander Work?
There’s a common idea about pedal commanders that they give your extra engine power. However, this is not exactly the case. When you press on your gas pedal your car will take a few seconds to accelerate and shift to its full power. This happens because when you press on the pedal, it sends a signal to the engine control unit, and then the signal is passed onto the actuator motor.
What the pedal commander does is, removes this response delay by creating a shortcut between the throttle and the gas pedal. So, it can actually make your car accelerate faster, which creates the misconception that it makes your car more powerful.
Multiple algorithms and high-performance CPUs give throttle controllers like pedal commander the ability to adjust the sensitivity of the gas pedals. This means you can adjust how quickly your car will accelerate when you press on the gas pedal. There are multiple modes and sensitivity levels of the pedal commander, and there’s an optimum setting for every situation that you are in.
To be exact, there are four performance modes you will get from this modification; they are Eco Mode, City Mode, Sport Mode, and Sport+ Mode. Each of these modes has 8 sensitivity levels, and we will be discussing more of these settings in detail ahead.
Four Different Performance Modes
As we have mentioned above, the pedal commander has 4 four different modes, which are the Eco Mode, City Mode, Sport, and Sport+ Mode. Each of these modes is made from different situations. The best thing is that switching between these modes is very simple and just takes a few clicks.
The City Mode especially is exceptional. In this mode, the car accelerates rapidly during the first 1/10th compression of the gas pedal. Beyond the 10% compression, the growth of power and acceleration will be more gradual. In addition to the 4 performance modes, the throttle controller also has 8 sensitivity levels for each mode. The sensitivity settings for responsiveness will come in really handy while driving.
Thus, in total, you will be getting 32 different settings with the pedal commander. So, the amount of customization you will be able to do with just this one modification is insane!
The Eco mode in the device is very effective in saving gas and fuel money. Your fuel consumption should go down by about 20%, which is quite a lot. In the long run, this will end up helping you save a large sum of fuel money.
When the Eco mode is turned on, 25% of the engine’s power is used in the first half of the gas pedal compression. Besides the Eco Mode, the City mode can also help in improving the fuel economy. However, the sport and sport+ modes consume more fuel because they are high-performance modes.
Much Faster Acceleration
You may have noticed a delay between when you press on an electronic gas pedal, and when your car starts to accelerate. The pedal commander does a great job at eliminating this delay by creating a shortcut and increasing acceleration significantly, especially with 16g turbo. Your car will respond much faster when you press on the gas pedal with this modification installed. This gives you an edge when you’re trying to avoid traffic jams. Overall, It can be an amazing upgrade over the stock pedal response that you’re tired of due to its high effectiveness.
The acceleration will be very fast when you switch to the sport mode and even faster in the sport+ mode. Hence, we would advise you to drive very carefully when your pedal commander is in these two modes.
What We Didn’t Like About the Device
Most things about the pedal commander are great, and they don’t even ruin your car warranty as they don’t mess with the car computer. However, there’s only one small complaint that we have about this throttle response controller.
We really wish the pedal commander could make their high-performance modes more fuel-efficient. This is not a deal-breaker at all, but if they managed to make the gas mileage better for the sport and sport+ modes, then this product would be completely flawless! Also, if you have any issue with the throttle actuator control, then the dash will show the engine light with down arrow.
Pedal Commander vs Sprint Booster
The primary function of the throttle response controller and the sprint booster is basically the same, and they both do a great job at reducing any lag. However, they do have a few differences that we must discuss, so you can decide which one is the better option for you.
Installing either of these devices isn’t hard at all and takes little time. In terms of size, the pedal commander is a larger unit than the sprint booster. When installed, you can notice the former, but the latter is so small that it can go completely unnoticed.
Both of them can be operated using their respective buttons, but the pedal commander has an upper hand here. It can be controlled with your smart device through an app, which the sprint booster doesn’t have.
You will be getting plenty of modes with each of throttle response devices. As you know, the pedal commander has 32 different configurations, and the sprint booster has 3 modes and 36 acceleration programs. One thing that the sprint booster lacks is an Eco mode which could help its users save money. A common issue with both of these throttle response devices is that their high-performance modes use up a lot of fuel.
The pedal commander and the sprint booster are similarly priced, but the pedal commander is slightly more expensive.
How to Operate Pedal Commander
Operating the pedal commander to increase speed won’t be difficult for drivers. There are buttons on the device which you can press to switch modes and adjust the sensitivity level for your ride. Recently, most pedal commanders have Bluetooth connectivity, which makes operating them even easier.
Connect the throttle booster to your smart device via Bluetooth, and install the pedal commander application. You can sync it up with the phone app in both IOS and Android operating systems. Then, you will be easily able to adjust all the settings of the pedal commander straight from your smart device!
How to Install Pedal Commander
Installing the pedal commander is a plug-and-play as you need to place it between the factory wiring harnes and the gas pedal assembly. And you don’t need a professional mechanic to do it for you. Also, the will suit most car models. The complete setup will take about an hour at most. Before you start with the installation, make sure your car is completely cool, and then follow the steps we have described below:
Step 1: Disconnect the Throttle Sensor Wiring
The first thing you have to do is find the factory harness in your car; you should find it above the gas pedal parts. After you have found the throttle sensor wiring, just disconnect it.
Step 2: Use the connectors to connect the Pedal Commander
You will find plugs located around the accelerator pedal. Take the connectors of the pedal commander, and connect them with the corresponding plugs, ensuring you hear a click.
Step 3: Put the Cables in Place
So that cables aren’t popping up when you’re driving, you have to secure them in place. Take some tape to secure the long cable, so it doesn’t move around, and tuck extra cables in somewhere where they won’t be visible.
Step 4: Fix the Position of the Pedal Commander
Finally, you have to mount your pedal commander somewhere you can easily access the commands. It would be best for you to sit on the driver’s seat when trying to figure out which position would be the most comfortable.
After finding the right spot, attach the bracket to the pedal commander, put Velcro tape on the bracket, and place where you will be mounting it. Press the device onto the surface with some pressure, and then you’re done.