The goal is to keep the car’s appearance as stock as possible, right down to the factory 16-inch Pony wheels and the untouched interior. An FT600 unit will be mounted in the radio stack and will be the only visual hint that something is amiss with the innocent looking Mustang. The FT600, FT550, and FT450 engine management systems come standard with an LCD display and touchscreen, showing real-time data and allowing the user to make adjustments without a PC connection. Additionally, the FT600 has SUPERSEAL automotive connectors that add up to 68 pins (20 sensor inputs and 32 outputs), accelerometer and gyroscope, 2 CAN networks, and a built-in GearController.
The FT600 will forgo its normal tasks like sequential injection and ignition, O2 closed loop, Boost Controller, Nitrous Controller, and other engine parameters. However, the team will rely heavily on the FT600 power management capabilities. The same traction control used on record-setting drag cars will be employed to keep all four tires glued to the pavement. The ECU will also regulate the voltage to build a power curve due to the instant torque capabilities of electric motors. Data is also important in any high-performance application and the FT600 will operate in its normal capacity by logging all vehicle sensors.