The COVID pandemic put the kibosh on the 2020 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show, but the auto racing gods managed to shine upon us and allow the 2021 show to happen. Unfortunately, it didn’t allow for all vendors to be there. Many companies were conspicuously absent for one reason or another. Despite the absences, the show was still quite large, filling up most of the convention center.
As I have for many years, I selfishly but sacrificially subjected myself to the torturous walking that is this veritable smorgasbord of auto racing stuff. I do it all for you, reader, really I do. Hopefully, you’ll like the new and interesting things I found this year.
Technically speaking, some of these things may not be all that new, as there was no 2020 show, and the last time I walked the aisles was in 2019. However, for simplicity, anything that had debuted since the 2019 edition was considered new, and-or cool.
And, now, on to the show!
Piggybacking on the success of the Nexus R5 ECU, Haltech has released a PDM-only unit called the Nexus PD16.The PD16 offers many of the same power distribution features of the Nexus R5 in a stand-alone unit, compatible with all Elite and Nexus ECUs. You can use the PD16 to add additional power handling to a Nexus R5 or add PDM features to your existing Elite ECU (like the Elite 2500 we have in Project SC300). As the Elite ECU family has recently received a firmware update allowing it to be controlled with the new NSP software, you’ll be able to control and configure both your Elite ECU and your PD16 from a single, improved interface. The market price is TBD, but it sounds as if the Nexus PD16 may eventually be operated in a stand-alone fashion without a Haltech ECU.
Turbosmart and other manufacturers have had EWGs on the market for a few years now. However, regular ECUs may not have the current-handling capabilities to drive the EWG directly, or you may simply be lacking sufficient available outputs to do the job. The DMCD is a DC motor driver that can handle the high-current job for you, easily integrating with your Elite or Nexus ECU as needed.
The NTK sensor is commonly used for alcohol applications. Haltech found, though, that during initial cold start-up that you can extreme evaporative cooling on the sensor tip, resulting in it cracking. So Haltech sells customized NTK sensors that have this nifty shield welded on, which doesn’t interfere with the readings but does prevent cracking. The current-generation WB1 and WB2 can drive either Bosch or NTK sensors, while previous-generation WB units can use an adapter harness to allow working with an NTK sensor.