Nerd’s Eye View: SEMA Edition 2012, Part I



Those are 285/30/18s on the car.  It still spins the tires.

Speaking of turbo FR-S and BRZ cars, the main tuning solution currently available is from EcuTek.  I had the opportunity to have dinner with the guy that started it all at EcuTek along with a buddy who is an engine calibration engineer.  We talked about how the company started (he owned a WRX in the late 1990s and needed a way to tune it) and road bicycles (I just got back into cycling and he’s an avid roadie).  Oh, he also knows Ben with the anti-lag system and went for a ride in Ben’s STI.  Anyways, I didn’t want to post any confidential information so I didn’t take any pictures.  However, I will say my calibrator buddy was geeking out over the software for a couple hours and I looked at some of the maps for the FR-S/BRZ.  The EcuTek EMS can do a LOT of cool stuff… I’ll see about getting some more details on it in the future.

Tyler of Team America (T-TA) showing off the AEM Infinity standalone engine management system.
This is one MASSIVE truck riding on an airbag system.
There appears to be rotary position sensor mounted to the frame and connected by a rod to the trailing arm (I guess that’s what it’s called, my truck knowledge is lacking) just under the leaf spring.  This should tell the airbag system the height of the vehicle.

The FR-S in the AEM booth was rocking Volk wheels and StopTech brakes for the rolling and stopping package; I personally like that combo on Project S2000 myself.  A vented Seibon hood aids with the cooling.  Afterhours Automotive whose sweet carbon work we’ve featured before made the front splitter and rear diffuser.


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