Thunderbolt Performance Chips from

This is a Thunderbolt Performance Chip review / analysis and comparison to the many other chips we have reviewed so far. The Thunderbolt Performance Chip is available directly via the website, A direct link to the product  page can be found here:

If you are looking for a REAL Thunderbolt Performance chip Review, then this is for you!  Don’t believe the reviews on any manufacturer’s website without checking into the product first yourself. Let’s take a look:


Company Profile

The manufacturer is a company called ‘chipyourcar’, according to the packaging. Their website,, offers these chips exclusively, three power stages: 1, 2, and 3, at ridiculous prices. The website is suspicious also, in that it allows you to select the vehicle to find performance chips for. They have vehicle options that do not exist, like a 12-cylinder Acura vehicle for example. This is suspicious, as most performance chip scams claim to fit all vehicles.



The cost on the website at the time of this review, was $64.99 USD for Stage 1, claiming 20+HP gains, $139.99 for Stage 2, claiming 40+HP gains, and $209.99 for Stage 3, claiming 60+HP gains. The cost is again a very suspicious factor to us, as we already suspect what is inside each of these modules.


Product Appearance

Thunderbolt Performance Chip


The OBD tuner module comes in the same color, yellow (pictured), but the website claims there are three different power stages. We did not want to take their word for it, so we purchased one of each for testing.

As for the appearance, we are already smell a scam – just look at the similarities to this ECU Chiptuning Box which sells for $7 on Aliexpress:

Aliexpress Nitro OBD Tuning Chip


The instructions claim basically the same thing that the NitroOBD scam did – to have vehicle programming onboard to allow the device to optimize the vehicle performance when connected to the OBD port.

From the website:

“1. Make sure your car key is pulled out of the ignition
2. Find your OBD2/ Diagnostic port typically under your dashboard and plug in the chip.
3. Insert your key into the ignition and turn key to the accessory position to where your dash lights illuminate. If vehicle is equipped with ignition button,press ignition button with foot off the brake to access the accessory position.
4. Wait roughly 5-10 seconds for the chip to communicate with your ECU. Once chip-to-ECU connection is successful lights on chip front will flash rapidly.
5. Start vehicle.
6. Press and hold reset button located on the front of the performance chip face roughly 5 seconds to start programming the ECU. The Performance Chip stays plugged into the OBD2 port.
7. Drive as usual a minimum of 50 total miles to complete the software download. (You do not need to drive all 50 miles consecutively.)”

Once again, this is the same install procedure that the NitroOBD scam provided, although the Thunderbolt only claims to need 50 miles to adjust to the vehicle. Let’s see what it actually does.


Internal Analysis

After removing the cover of each of the three modules – big surprise –  we were not really surprised to find the old familiar circuit board, just rearranged, for those of you who were with us for the NitroOBD scam:


Thunderbolt Internal PCB


The circuit board is built around, once again, the PIC16F59 IC, although the location of the reset button has been rearranged. There is a cable connecting the reset button on the cover to the PCB, for easy use and to make it appear as a new design. Like with the NitroOBD scam chips, if one pulls the datasheet for the PIC16F59 IC, we can see from the manufacturer, Microchip, that this chip has a maximum program memory size of 3KB:


PIC16F59 Datasheet


From several searches, we verified that ECU maps for a vehicle will be at least 20KB in size or larger PER MAP! This is way too large for the PIC16F59 IC to contain. So, if this is the case, there are no genuine vehicle maps onboard this module. What can be stored in such a small sized space then? We have our own suspicions.



We connected each of the three Thunderbolt modules as shown in the instructions to our 2012 BMW 530i 3.0L L6 and the three lights began to blink, eerily in the exact same sequence as the NitroOBD chip did.

We followed the instructions and drove at least 50+ miles as requested to give it the benefit of the doubt, and…… nothing. No power increase, no fuel economy increase. There is NO WAY we obtained 20, 40 or higher gains. We did, however, see a neat light show!




It is clear from our analysis so far that the Thunderbolt Performance Module, like so many others, is nothing but a different colored NitroOBD chip with a modified circular reset button on the case! It does not have the physical memory on the chip to hold real vehicle ECU maps. 3KB of memory IS large enough for a light blinker program however, and we believe this is exactly what it truly is – a blinker in a newer yellow colored case. The circuit appears to monitor the pins from the OBD port and the small microprocessor blinks the lights when activity is detected, giving the appearance of the chip’s operation. While some users online claim to have seen small gains in pickup or fuel economy, we believe this is due to either the placebo effect or other vehicle / environmental factors. While we did not get any error codes set by our Thunderbolt Performance Chips, others on the internet claim it does nothing.

The second issue is that there are SEVERAL bad customer experiences with this website posted on the web – please do your research before purchasing from this company – if the reviews are to be believed, you will have a very low chance of getting your money back once you fall for this scam!


Company Response

We sent the following message to the company before completing this review, and received this response.

Our message to the company:


We are an automotive performance chip review group and saw your performance chip website. We have a few questions about your product:

1) Can you assure us this is not a NitroOBD scam? If so, why does the PCB inside look EXACTLY like the Nitro OBD chip?
2) Do you have any real-world proof of your performance?

Thanks for helping us to gather more information about your product for buyers on the net!


Company’s response:

Chipyourcar Email Response

We agree – they do not have any relation to Nitro company-wise, but product-wise, it is identical, inside and out. They mentioned, ‘all chips that plug into the OBD2 port have the same shape’ – actually, only the SCAM chips have this same shape case. As for their claims the chips are dyno proven, we saw no evidence of this. Claiming that the tunes may be purchased from another local shop in Minnesota is a dead giveaway, because from our board analysis, we already know the chip is not capable of holding even one tune – just a light blinker script. At least they tried…



From our research and review, it is our opinion that the Thunderbolt Performance Chip is another scam, albeit one of the most expensive ones. It may also cause ECU damage, as reported by some users of the NitroOBD scam chip on the net, so we suggest avoiding it at all costs. There are MANY bad reviews on the net about never getting a refund from this company, getting the run-around, etc. Beware of a company that redesigns the outside of a $3 Nitro OBD chip and sells it to you for $209.99. It is a nice light show at best, damaging at worst. You will DEFINITELY want to pass on this one!


Company Communication
Power Gains
Safe for Vehicle
Total Rating




Some people just don’t know when to stop. Take a look at our recent comments page and see if you believe any of these ‘reviews’:

Thunderbolt Performance Chip Bogus Reviews – Nice Try

Wow, so many reviews from the same IP address and just over the course of a few minutes! Looks like someone isn’t happy that there is a truthful review site that actually tells the truth and can’t be bought off! Here is proof that it is actually someone from trying to do damage control:

More Thunderbolt Performance Chip Bogus Reviews – Nice Try

Same IP – same writing style – same time frame – same fake names. Want more proof that these fake reviews were submitted by Remember the email they sent claiming that they had nothing to do with nitro? Take a look at the IP address it was sent from:

IP Proof that Fake Comments are from Cale at

The sender of the email just so happens to have the exact same IP address as these fake comments. Hmm..

As you can see for yourself, this company simply has the NitroOBD chip printed with their logo and shipped to customers. It does not and cannot work – it is a scam light blinker. It is not a ‘chip’ at all. If they are willing to try to post this many fake reviews on our site, then you can rest assured that 90% if not all of the reviews on their site are fakes as well. Come on – a ’50 year mechanic’? Don’t make us laugh. Your product is garbage – stop trying to scam people!!

23 Replies to “Thunderbolt Performance Chips from”

    1. Yes, we tested all three chips they offer – ‘Stage 1’, ‘Stage 2’ and ‘Stage 3’- they all are identical inside and are the same – junk NitroOBD clones in yellow ‘thunderbolt’ shells. BIGTIME SCAM!

  1. Verified order

    Published Thursday, February 8, 2018
    Buyers BEWARE!
    I ordered the Yellow +60HP chip for my 2016 Roush Supercharged Mustang GT. I was expecting to notice gains, but alas, I did not notice gains in HP or any better gas mileage.
    I contacted Matt, an owner or or representative of the company to get a send back return address, but he would not provide me that information when I asked. (I kept all of our recorded chats proving this). I would absolutely return this product as I believe it does not do anything but light up driver side floor board with a red LED. Instead of giving me a refund and providing a return address, Matt gave me a different install method. I followed his instructions for the new install method, and drove the 50 miles as required… I still, after this time, have not noticed any increase in HP or gas mileage. I guess I am out $188.00.
    I would love for it to have worked, but for that money, I could have purchased a smaller pulley and got the same gains as this Chip claims to provide.
    Matt ended our chat by telling me that the only way to prove it works is for me to take it to a dyno test.
    Surely any person would notice a 60 HP gain without having to dyno the car.

    I also spoke to a friend who ordered the same chip for his 2017 Eco boost Mustang. He too, has not noticed any gains. I mentioned this to Matt, and he told me that they have great results with the Ford ecoboost motors.

    I appreciate that Matt truley believes in his product, but I can’t recommend this to anyone as I do not believe it works, and the customer service is poor. (Refusing to provide return information).

    I would still love to return this Chip for a full refund if Matt will provide the return/refund information.

    E. Glenn

  2. Wow, we are sorry to hear they stole $188 dollars from you for this $3 trash – you are not alone however. Thanks for helping to warn others about this scam!

  3. Same experience here with regard to the chip’s performance, and also not being able to get a return authorization and address, counter to their posted guarantee. Do you guys have any kind of physical address for this company, other than “Minnesota”? I’m inclined to return it without an “authorization”, which apparently no one can get?! Otherwise I have a $200 dollar odb port “accessory” with cute lights that only my shoes can see. 😳 And man do these scammers hide well!

    1. Oh by the way, apparently Trust Pilot reviews is a scam as well?! Can’t believe the stuff folks say in there about these chips!!!

    2. Thanks for your comment. We are sorry you were taken by these fools as well. Unfortunately we do not have any address info for them, and their website has privacy protection enabled to prevent address info from being seen. We would try sending to the return address the original package came from if possible. Sorry we couldn’t be of more help!

      1. They continue to be rude, curt and refuse to authorize and return address. I have filed claims with PayPal whom I used and with my VISA card company behind my PayPal account. Their advice is always to try it again because it’s probably my error?! Oh really?! Me and the experts at my tuner shop can’t do their simple instructions?! Looking like I’ll have to escalate this PayPal case to get any kind of satisfactory resolution?! Yes indeed, its scam written all over it! I’m usually more careful and skeptical, but their is pretty slick, and they were quick ad responsive in getting my money, but highly resistant in honoring their own return guarantee.

  4. And oh, BTW, I finally got a refund from Chip My Car after many hassles! I think the fact that I used PayPal and their “dispute process” helped immensely, though it takes time and patience.

    See my VP15 comments on Volo Performance review next to this one.

  5. Dears,

    I dont know how to thank you enough. I was going to be one of the victims of this scam.
    I was in the same conversation with Matt for this Thunderbolt performance chip and since i have 2 different make vehicles,he advised that i need a different one for each vehicle since different design and program per vehicle make.
    I started the suspicion when i found that it was the same price for all 3 stages for both vehicles and also for other different makes.
    Done some homework for different sites and reviews where i ended here which was the final enough word and the process was stopped before the final order.
    They are SCAM, Be aware please.

    Thanks again for the team of this site for their wonderful efforts where i checked all ICs for this one and several others chips and the data you provided is really very accurate and informative.

    Grateful Reader indeed.

    1. Thanks for your comment. We are glad you avoided this scam before you even placed the order! One less customer taken by these crooks

    2. Same price for all 3 stages? I think not! Stage 1 is around $60.00 and stage 3 is $209! These guys are total shysters! $209 for a $3 fake chip! lol.

      And yes, thank you to this site for saving me $209.00!

  6. WOW ! Was just speaking with Matt on the online chat about the performance of the chip and had me sold for my 535i GT, and also my wifes X3 M, was about to place an order before I found this site. So thanksful I didn’t waste my money (wife would have had me burried out back). I checked Sawyer tuning and VOLO Performance, the only thing I noticed it didn’t say or explain the performance gains… Anyone know what kind of gains I could expect from factory setup ? I plan on future upgrades and not sure if these chips would adjust/recalibrate on it’s own. Any help or recommendations would be appreciated..



    1. Thanks for checking us out. We are glad you avoided another Nitro OBD scam in a different colored case. The Volo and Sawyertuning products do not claim solid gains to our knowledge as they say it depends on the vehicle used. We would suggest checking with them for more accurate estimates. Good luck!

  7. I bought a so called chip from Performance Chips Now for $69 and it was a scam. I have returned it to Hauppauge, NY but have not received a refund yet. I guess I may have fell for another scam because I bought the $209 stage 3 so called chip from ChipYourCar, drove about 20 miles and have not seen any difference change yet. I also bought there $59 OBD 2 scanner adapter plug with blue tooth adapter. I am going to install it now, drive the remaining 30 miles and I will provide another update. I am blown away at how these people can operate like this if what I have read is the truth. I will let you know and if it is they better be prepared for a fight.

    1. Hi Michael, I am also in the middle of asking for a refund. This is their email response to me:


      That is fine again Im just trying to help you as I know the chip is not connected and its a simple fix. You are not satisfied because the chip is not connected and I’m trying to offer assistance to get it connected so you can be satisfied. I see you posted part of the terms and conditions, did you read all of it already? If you dont want the chip to work please mail it to PO Box 181 St. Michael MN 55376 with your order number written on the from of the envelope.


      My question to you is If I return it to the above address will I get a refund? Do I need a return number for example? What steps are necessary in order to get a refund of my money?

      Appreciate any help you can give me!

  8. So close to getting the stage 3 for my car. Literally had everything set in the cart, and he was going crazy trying to make me buy the thing. Long story short, as soon as I read the first 2 comments, I left the page after our last conversation that ended with him saying “Hello?”. I kinda feel bad for him honestly.

  9. I talked to one of the guys on their website he said they sponsor a dodge neon race car and that the chip would work on my car I asked what their race team is called and he replied he doesn’t know then I searched into it chip your car is one big scam

  10. A scam for sure. An incidentally my credit card was hacked just after this purchase. My bank was on their toes though and I was not charged for these fraudulent purchases, around $500.00 worth.

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