MOTEC RaceGrade Motorsports Keypads – more of our favorite products of PRI 2012

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 RaceGrade Keypad

MoTeC RaceGrade 15-button Keypad

MOTEC produces over 100 different backlit icons that can be incorporated with the switch

MoTeC 8 Button Keypad

MoTeC 8 Button Keypad

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.

MoTeC CAN Gateway

CAN Gateway to connect keypads to CAN networks

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8 Responses to MOTEC RaceGrade Motorsports Keypads – more of our favorite products of PRI 2012

  1. Neel,

    I know I’m not exactly comparing apples to apples here but the Isis power cell systems very cleaver and effective. In fact they have a touch pad that will integrate a ton of switch functions with full programability for on screen buttons. They have a robust product that is simple and very dynamic? Am I off base here? Have you seen it before? What do you think?

    • admin says:

      The Isis is a toy when put next to most pro-level PDMs. Its functionality is fine for the hobbiest on a budget but doesn’t do much more than old-school fuses and relays.

      We’ve used the Isis; in fact we were early testers, and I have not been impressed. Several of our PDM installations have been to replace Isis systems that simply were not doing the job. Its not to say its a terrible product; its just not comparable to a PDM in the same way an F150 doesn’t compare to a Peterbuilt for cargo capability. The Isis is nominally a solid-state replacement for fuses and relays. There is very little configurability or flexibility. The MOTEC PDM’s and the keypads are electronic control centers that allow for very sophisticated data logging, diagnostics and strategies. For example, on the Singer Porsches, we use the PDMs to control the speed-adjustable wing. It automatically raises above a certain speed, lowers below a certain speed, can be over-ridden and can sense if something is blocking it or holding it down and prevent damage to the motor. If there’s a failure, it can alert the driver or service tech as to the exact mode – is it a switch, relay or motor? We can even send custom info over CAN to the ECU or dash to do things like change the cooling strategy or de-rate the motor if it gets stuck down so the motor doesn’t get damaged. Can’t do that with an Isis.

  2. Neel says:

    We purchased an ISIS as soon as they came out, had many conversations with the engineers and subsequently have worked on 2 more installations. The customer we used them for switched to PDMs this year because of its limitations. The ISIS is not a PDM; its a fusebox/relay wiring harness replacement.

    Compared to what I expected from the spec sheets, the ISIS is a letdown. It is not nearly as configurable as a PDM. You cannot do most of the CAN functions were were promised. The systems had to go back several times for reprogramming. In the end, its little more than a solid-state version of a traditional relay/fuse box. I really wish that you could program the channels in the way that you can a real PDM. I really wish you could custom-program bi-directional CAN for control and feedback, and I really wish it wasn’t so big and bulky.

    That said, the ISIS’s competitor doesn’t seem to be PDMs, but rather traditional wiring harnesses. It seems to be marketed toward custom hot-rod guys. It comes with wiring and a harness that’s a lower grade than what we’d typically use. If price is the most important consideration and all you’re looking to do is replace the wiring in your car with something solid-state and simpler, the ISIS is a good choice. Just don’t confuse it with a PDM.

  3. Thanks Neal. I knew you would have more of an in depth knowledge.

    • Peter Partee says:

      Neel, if I run this switchpad with a couple of Motec PDMs and, ultimately, the SQ6M, do I need the CAN Gateway?

      • Karina says:

        Neel, I know I’m not exactly coinprmag apples to apples here but the Isis power cell systems very cleaver and effective. In fact they have a touch pad that will integrate a ton of switch functions with full programability for on screen buttons. They have a robust product that is simple and very dynamic? Am I off base here? Have you seen it before? What do you think?

  4. Neel says:

    Yep, the CAN gateway is needed to connect a switchpad to the CAN bus.

    Kind Regards,

    Neel

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