Switch Panels are usually a lot of work to make, but now there’s a new product that is truly revolutionary. For 2012, MOTEC USA has introduced the RaceGrade Motorsports Keypads, which bring excellent functionality for any custom or race car build at an incredible value. They work with the ECUs, Dashes and PDMs – which we’re big fans of for their easy to program features, strong CAN bus capabilities and really competitive pricing.
MOTEC produces over 100 different backlit icons that can be incorporated with the switch
panels, with everything from street car basics like hazard lights to racing functions like pit limiters. There are 3 status lights which can be turned on and off depending on status of the function. The potential is amazing – you can have the button illuminate a red LED when a function is failed or a green light when its on. Furthermore these are CAN devices so they can be used with MOTEC ECUs and dashes – change pages, change maps, adjust traction control – the possibilities are endless.
They come in 8 and 15 button configurations, and you can use as many as you want. On a race car, you can have one for the driver, and one under the hood or at the back for mechanics to start the car, check functions, pump out fuel, etc. Since its PDM based, you can make it so the mechanic’s pad won’t start the car unless its in neutral. For street cars, you can easily add A/C controls to the back seats, for example. The creativity these offer to car builder is extraordinary.
Of course, another great thing about these are they are MOTEC products which means extraordinary technical support. They come complete with documentation & spec sheets to help get things going right away, and integrate quickly not only with MOTEC products but any CAN bus application including products like gearshift controllers.