In many countries the brand name has become a common name for an add-on unit. This success owes nothing to chance. TuningBox was without doubt the first add-on unit to successfully market on a grand scale.
TuningBox, the pioneer in the add-on unit market, is now the uncontested market leader. We sell our products across the globe. We owe our longevity to the quality of our TuningBox products and to the sterling work of our R&D Unit. We never stop looking for ways to improve our products and adapt them to new vehicles.
What’s more, while numerous competitor products have come to market in recent times, TuningBox has remained the outright leader for almost 30 years. And that’s down to the quality of our products, and our outstanding, user-friendly technical services. Below is a timeline showing our history in nine key dates. And it doesn’t end there. Our success story continues to go from strength to strength...
It all began in 1988. Didier Hermann, at 23 years of age, opened a diagnostics centre, specialising in engine optimisation.
Success followed swiftly, with customers flocking in from all over; his reputation was that good. He specialised in chip tuning, i.e. reprogramming the original ECU. Back then, to reprogram the ECU, you needed to open the unit, solder the connections, etc. It was a long and laborious job.
The firm made its first major investment in 1990 when it acquired a Bosch power bench. At the time, only a handful of garages had equipment of this type, so it drew in customers from even further afield looking to test their car’s power.
Didier began thinking about how to offer an alternative, something easy to install; a more user-friendly optimisation system.
He set up his first laboratory and trialled a range of different technologies to come up with the ideal product.
All of his tests and research finally wound up with the invention of an add-on unit designed to increase the power and torque in turbo engines. The TuningBox Classic was born.
It took Didier two years of hard work to manufacture and market the TuningBox Classic. The 1994 prototype underwent numerous changes, with the settings tweaked and tested to create the very first “Plug and Drive” add-on unit.
Back then, add-on units were largely unknown to the public and most of Didier’s customers were from the local area. So he set himself a new, albeit less technical challenge: to market his invention around the world.
Back when Google was still in its infancy and largely unknown to the public, TuningBox launched its very first website and reached out to new, international audiences online.
This move was instrumental to the company’s growth, enabling TuningBox to build up a network of retailers across the globe and establish itself as a genuine pioneer in the add-on unit market.
Just five years after inventing the TuningBox Classic, Didier and his firm, TuningBox, hit the big time.
TuningBox attended numerous trade shows and drummed up interest from many retailers. Demand for add-on units surged, and TuningBox began mass production and marketing of its products. The term “TuningBox” soon became a common name for an add-on unit.
As digital technologies were being installed in more and more cars, TuningBox had to react accordingly and develop new technologies. After a period of extensive R&D in its own laboratory, the company launched a new range of add-on units designed specifically to meet the latest automotive technologies.
A victim of its own success, TuningBox had to expand its facilities to cope with ever-growing demand. A new building sprung up adjacent to the original diagnostic centre in Faymonville, built in 1988.
In the new building, the firm installed a brand new, cutting-edge test bench (MAHA LPS 3000) and new dedicated R&D units.
TuningBox, still determined to develop the best products that money can buy, launched TuningBox Evolution – a new range with even better performance that delivers even more impressive results.
The company also released another product in 2016, the Tune Pedal – a module that improves accelerator pedal response times and is specially designed to work alongside the Evolution unit to deliver unrivalled performance.
The perfecting and manufacturing of add-on units is a bit like the submerged part of the iceberg. The TuningBox R&D Unit is universally acknowledged in the automotive sector. We work on a sub-contract basis for numerous performance tuners as well as for some factories. To sum up, the development of the add-on unit was the fruit of all this experience, and that’s how we were able to launch the concept of the add-on unit. All of this requires high quality engine manufacturers and state of the art equipment. Judge for yourself:
We are probably the only owner of two power benches in Belgium, and possibly in all of Europe.
4x4 power bench especially adapted for our use
Data acquisition is carried out directly from the on board diagnostics socket (OBD)
Synchronised bench, especially designed for research
Blower (engine cooling system) adapted for long run testingAccepts engines up to 1200 bhp
This bench is especially reserved for research, the passing of GT vehicles and competition cars
Just like the major performance tuners, TuningBox has units, each one with its own specific purpose, which are necessary for the comprehensive development of engines. Our units include mechanics, electronics and metrology.
These units are primarily dedicated to research and perfecting on behalf of customers; often major Belgian performance tuners, but also from abroad.
The two TuningBox laboratories are mainly dedicated to more empirical research:
The first laboratory is used mainly for research linked to increasing power in turbo engines, and more particularly in petrol driven turbo engines. The objective is to establish a set of rules to optimise power increase without any detriment to the mechanics.
Research in the second laboratory aims more at improving consumption.
Didier Hermann has passed on his passion for vehicle performance optimisation to each and every member of the company since its inception, placing the firm on a solid footing to continue developing its technology.
As specialists, we do everything possible to bring you the very best products and services.
We have a team of around 50 people worldwide. But our site at Faymonville, Belgium remains the nerve centre of our operations.