As with every supercharged engine, monitoring is a must. Inside, we needed a solution for gauges.
VF primarily uses the DynoTune LCD gauges for Boost and AFR monitoring, in which the Macht Schnell gauge panel would not apply since it houses 52mm gauges. This M3 also uses an Escort 9500Ci laser jammer, which features dual display units.
Escort Passport 9500ci Features:
- All-in-one Radar and Laser Total Protection
- 100% Undetectable - Invisible to RCMP & OPP
- ZR4 Laser Shifter for laser jamming
- GPS Database for Red-light and Speed Cameras
- Variable Speed Sensitivity
- True-Lock Technology Reduces False Alerts
- Auto-Learn - Automatically Stores Locations
As shown below, the Escort is a very involved process with numerous parts involved:
A solution was needed to securely mount all 4 devices in in location easily visible by the driver. Macht Schnell was kind enough to send a modified design which properly houses the LCD gauges as well as the Escort display units as seen in this rendering:
With the SLD file, we were then able to print out the panel using a rapid prototype machine in ABS plastic. 12 hours later, we were greeted with our new panel.
Test fitment of LCD gauges and Escort display units.
Test fitment into center console fitment and viewing angle confirmation
This is a much more elegant solution and fitment was dead on. The gauge panel will now be removed and sent to A1 Auto body in Huntington Beach for prepwork and painting.