With SEMA 2016 coming to a close, the aftermarket automotive scene once again feels reinvigorated with new parts and idea. After seeing all of the new product development from lots of amazing manufacturers out there we are already game planning how we can help our customers projects take that next step and also setup our own project cars with that much more precision or technical capability we can get from a lot of the new parts shown at SEMA. One company we are very excited about seeing their new products is AEM Electronics. We have been working with AEM for about 10 years now and every year they seem to take a large progressive step in performance electronics.
Let’s take a look at what they had to offer this year!
Infinity Series 3 Engine Management System
AEM debuted the Infinity Series 3 EMS and have shown that you can have an incredibly capable engine management system in a very small package. The Infinity Series 3 EMS is designed for use on early- and late-model throttle body and port injected Ford, GM and Dodge Mopar V8s. Because of the simplified engine controls that are designed to run a basic race or crate engine without the need to control engine functions like variable cam control, Drive-by-wire systems, and the lack of internal wideband air/fuel controllers that are found in the Infinity 5 and 7 series, the cost for the Series 3 is significantly less. There will be two variations of the Series 3 to begin with, both with an introductory price of $709. These include the Infinity 308 (PN 30-7113) and Infinity 358 (PN 30-7114)
The Infinity 308 comes with two different coil outputs and supports two different injector types. These coil and injector types will support 3 different types of fuel and ignition configurations. The Infinity 308 includes a single direct-drive ignition coil output to work with a distributor and a single coil and 2 peak and hold injector drivers that can drive up to four high-impedance injectors each. This setup would work good for a throttle-body-injected (TBI) or GM multi-port fuel injected V8. Another option for engines like the Ford Windsor 351 engine which uses a single-coil distributed V8 and can take advantage of the Infinity’s 8 high impedance injector drivers. For an application like the Chevy LS engines, you can set up the Infinity 308 to use it’s 8 high-impedance injector drivers and the 8 “smart” coil outputs.
The Infinity 358 can control and 2V or 4V Ford Modular engines, Dodge Hemi engines, or any other late model engine that utilizes direct-drive “dumb” coil V8 engines with port injection using 8 high impedance injectors.
AEM made sure not to skimp on features for the Infinity 3 Series and anything necessary to get peak performance out of a street or race engine. Utilizing airflow-based VE tuning for fuel injection control, ignition control, Flex Fuel, knock control, boost control, nitrous control, launch control, traction control and various engine protection options the Infinity 3 Series is still a dominant EMSl. It is also able to communicate with 3rd party dashes and loggers and is AEMnet CANbus enabled to easily communicate with other AEMnet equipped devices. All maps can be password protected. It still uses the same incredibly powerful processor that the Infinity Series 5 and 7 use and the 200MHz processor can process 400 MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
Both the Infinity 3 series systems are incredibly compact and thin with a footprint of 7.35” x 6.55” x 1.8” and weigh less than 2 lbs (29.9oz). The Infinity Series 3 enclosure is fully sealed and the 73 pin plug and connectors are IP67 rated (dust proof, waterproof to 1 meter) meaning you can mount the Infinity just about anywhere.
Infinity Series 3 Capabilities:
Airflow model based calculations
VE-based engine startup
Flex fuel compensated – fuel, ignition and boost with blend
Multiple boost control strategies (time, gear, vehicle speed, switch and more)
2-step programmable launch control (3-step with Advanced Tuning Package)
Programmable traction control, 2-wheel speed or engine acceleration
User configurable soft-cut rev limiters
User configurable anti-lag
Map switching (4 Separate ignition maps, 4 separate Lambda target maps, 2 separate VE tables)
Single stage wet or dry nitrous control
Integrated engine protection strategies
Target Lambda table, 10×10
Open-loop fuel pressure compensation
O2 lean-out protection
2-channel adaptive knock control (READ MORE ABOUT THE INFINITY KNOCK CONTROL)
Configurable coil dwell (RPM, voltage and load based)
Individual cylinder ignition trim (RPM based)
Individual cylinder fuel trim (RPM based)
3D ignition trim maps (coolant and air temp)
Real-time sensor diagnostics
Ignition table, 20×20
VE airflow table, map vs. engine speed, 20×20
User adjustable charge temperature blend (CLT/AIT, engine speed dependent)
Idle control (stepper and pulse width)
The official debut of the CD7 and CD7-L Digital Dashes has been something we’ve been looking forward to for quite sometime. Being that all of our shop project cars are running an AEM Infinity or Series 2 EMS we’ve been looking for an affordable yet capable solution for those cars we would like to run a digital dash in. AEM has been developing the CD7 dash for a few years now and we’ve seen glimpses of it here and there, only making us that much more anxious for the release because we liked what we saw from the get go.
AEM did not want to compromise on their digital dash and took their time to develop a dash that would be just as capable as some of the other digital dash offerings available today at a fraction of the price. Just because AEM was able to develop an affordable digital dash does not mean they skimped on features or functionality.
Both the CD7 and CD7-L are encased in a water resistant aluminum enclosure with a full direct sunlight readable display. This means that no matter where you race, you’ll be worry free that your digital dash won’t get damaged or you won’t be able to see your dash because of glare.
Both versions of the dash have 6 user configurable pages and the layouts on every page are 100% customizable to your needs. AEM also has developed the Dash Design software to make adding graphic or custom text very straightforward and easy to do.
It is also very easy to setup fully configurable warnings so you can make sure you catch an issue before something catastrophic happens. There are also programmable LED shift and warning lights that you can adjust the brightness of for day and night time driving.
The dashes also have 2x user definable CANbus inputs so you can feed info to the dash from any third party logger system as well as your engine management system.
The CD7 retails for $1272 while the CD7-L retail at $1999 The CD7-L comes with 200mb internal data logging capable of recording data from over 100 channels at 100hz.
All new CD7/CD7-L and CD5/CD5-L dash kits ON SALE NOW – There’s display options to suit everyone’s needs:
- CD7 Carbon with full color display with 7″ LCD screen
- CD5 Carbon with full color display with 5″ LCD screen perfect for small spaces
For the ultimate package you will also be able to add the AEM Vehicle Dynamics Module (PN 30-2203) to a digital dash to enable GPS Speed, accelerometer, gyrometer, and track mapping.
AQ-1 OBDII Datalogger
One product release that surprised us from AEM Electronics was the debut of the AQ1 OBDII Data logger. When using the AQ-1 OBDII Data logger you’ll be able to take data logs of all the channels being streamed through the ODBII port on any 2008-up vehicle. This makes for a really great product for those new to data gathering and being able to review that data and learn from it without the need of building a complex harness.
Simply plug the AQ-1 into your ODBII port and start data logging. What’s also great about the AQ-1 OBDII Data logger, is like the original AQ-1, it shares similar features such as the onboard 3-axis accelerometer and track mapping capabilities when the GPS input is used. You are also able to expand to AQ-1 OBDII Data logger with the ability to add up to 8 additional logging channels through the analog inputs.
High Output Direct-Fit V8 Ignition Coils
We have been using the AEM Electronics coil packs for many years now and were very excited to see their lineup for High Output Direct Fit V8 Ignition Coils they will be available for all the popular V8 engines from Chevy, Ford, and MOPAR. The AEM High Output Ignition Coils increase spark energy over the OEM coils and they are a direct plug and play fitment and use the OEM connectors, there is absolutely no wiring necessary to install the High Output Ignition Coils. They are also 50 state legal so that’s always a plus! They are available for all Ford 2V, 3V, and 4V SOHC and DOHC engines, all MOPAR 5.7 and 6.1L engines, and all Chevy LS engines.
That about wraps up our coverage on the new AEM Electronics products showcased at the 2016 SEMA Trade show. As always if you have any questions about AEM Electronics products or tuning questions we are here to help!
Check out the MotoIQ AEM Electronics video from SEMA 2016 as well to check out the products mentioned in this article just a little bit more!