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BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design.

Custom BMW E9

Here is another great example of what our customers can do.  This car is stunning and we can honestly say that we’ve never seen another like it.  John Ward of Fuel Bespoke Design in Australia just had a great article published in Silodrome magazine.  The article covers the details of his stunning restoration of a 1970 BMW 2800CS lovingly named “Von Trapp”.  The article covers the car in detail and the pictures are awesome.  Andrew Jones shot the pictures and we heartily thank him for their use in this blog post.

BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design.

BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design.

John started with a pretty rough car for this project.  It took a ton of body work, straightening and reinforcing to get the car to what you see today.  John wanted to do this car as a true restomod:  keep it original on the exterior and interior but put modern features under it.  For example, he replaced the original powerplant with a modern E46 M3 3.2 litre 330HP S54 motor and the E36 M3 5-speed manual transmission.

BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design.

BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design.

He also wanted to use the latest and greatest for his electrical and wiring system.  He wired the car with our 20-Circuit Kit, with inMOTION, inLINK and inRESERVE.  The end product is seamless.  You can see no trace of the modern electrical system in this car.  For example, check out the trunk-mounted rear POWERCELL and inMOTION cell.

BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design. Wired with Infinitybox.

Shot of rear POWERCELL and inMOTION cell mounted in trunk.

When the trim piece is installed in the trunk, all traces of the electrical system disappear.

BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design. Wired with Infinitybox.

Shot showing how neatly the rear POWERCELL and inMOTION cell can be hidden.

John has a detailed build history on his website.  You can see all of the details on the building of “Vonn Trapp” by clicking this link.

You can also read the full article featured on Silodrome by clicking this link.

We want to extend thanks to John Ward at Fuel Bespoke Design, Ben Branch at Silodrome for the great article and Andrew Jones at Lens Flare Air for the awesome pictures.

Click on this link if you want to learn more about how you can use our Infinitybox system to wire you car or truck project.

Finished Factory Five GTM wired with the Infinitybox System

Showing off inLINK in a Factory Five GTM

We have been working with a customer to finish the details of a Factory Five GTM build.  This car was wired with our 20-Circuit Kit, inMOTION, inRESERVE, inTOUCH NET, inVIRONMENT and inLINK.  Essentially, the car has the works.  It was originally built and wired by Shane Vacek at Vraptor Speed Works.  Izzy Dunn at Dunn Customz just finished the details on the car for the customer.

This video shows a walk around of the finished car.  It turned out great.  You can see the front POWERCELL mounted under the hood.

In this blog post, we want to feature one of the simplest accessories in the Infinitybox lineup.  That is inLINK.  inLINK gets you wireless control of your car or truck from a simple key fob.  You can turn on your lights remotely, pop your doors and trunk, and enable the Infinitybox security system.

Since your Infinitybox system is controlling the ignition, fuel pump and starter, we can easily stop someone from starting the car and driving off with it.   When you press the “lock” button on the inLINK key fob, we disable the ability to turn on the ignition, power the fuel pump and crank the starter.  Even if someone where able to get in the car with inLINK security enabled, the MASTERCELL completely blocks the ability to get the engine running.  The best part is that this is completely integrated into our Infinitybox system.  You do not need to buy a separate security or immobilizer system and integrate it into your wiring harness.

When you’re ready to drive the car, you simply press the “unlock” button on the key fob and you’re ready to go.

The owner of this car wanted door poppers.  They are using POWERCELL outputs to power a solenoid in each door.  They can push a button inside the car to pop these solenoids.  They also have buttons on the outside of the doors that let them pop the doors.  They also wanted to be able to pop the doors from buttons on the key fob.

All of this is very easy with the Infinitybox system.  Our team custom programmed the door popper outputs to pulse for 1 second.  The customer can push buttons on the key fob or use buttons on the door.  Very simple.

Here’s the coolest part of all.  The customer wanted buttons on the outside of the car to be able to pop the doors.  However, the customer does not want those buttons to work when security is enabled.  That is a very simple thing to do with our Infinitybox system.  As part of our custom programming, we set the MASTERCELL inputs to be disabled when security is on.  That way, no one can walk up to the car and open the doors unless they have the inLINK key fobs specifically programmed to that car.  The video below shows how this works.  You can see how security is enabled and disabled.  You can see how the doors can be popped from the inLINK key fobs and you can see how inLINK security disables the exterior switches.

Thanks to Izzy for sharing these pictures and videos.

Click on this link to contact our team to learn more about what our Infinitybox system can do for your build.

Example of a door pin switch used to control dome lights and interior lights.

Wiring Door Pin Switches

This blog post is going to cover how to wire your interior and dome lights.  In most cases you want these lights to turn on when you open a door to your car.  We’ll show you the best way to wire your door pin switches and connect your POWERCELL outputs to your dome lights and interior lights.

Example of a door pin switch used to control dome lights and interior lights.

Example of a door pin switch used to control dome lights and interior lights.

Each door in your car has a pin switch.  Sometimes these are called door jamb switches.  They are very simple devices.  They have one terminal on them.  This terminal originally connected to the ground side of your dome light circuit.  The threaded metal part of the switch connected to your cars ground through the metal part of the door jamb.  These switches work backwards from most people would expect.  When the car door is open, the contact on the switch is closed to ground.  If you think about it, that is what you want.  You want the circuit completed when the door is open.  In the original wiring on most cars, you had battery power supplied to one side of your dome light.  The other side of the light was connected to ground through the door pin switch.  When you opened the door, the switch closed.  This completed the circuit to ground so the dome light came on.

The inputs to an Infinitybox MASTERCELL work the same way.  They get activated when they are connected to ground through a switch.  You can learn more about how the MASTERCELL inputs work by clicking this link.

We do not dedicate a POWERCELL output for dome lights or interior lights.  You can use any of the OPEN outputs that are listed on your configuration sheet to do this.  Simply choose an OPEN output on a POWERCELL and connect that to one side of your dome light circuit.  This link will get you more information on using OPEN outputs.  Connect the other side of your dome light circuit to ground.  Check your configuration sheet and get the MASTERCELL input that corresponds to the OPEN POWERCELL output that you picked.  That input is going to connect to your door pin switches.

In most cases, you will want to have your dome lights turn on if any of your car’s doors are opened.  This is the same if you have a 2 or 4-door car.  To do this, you are going to wire the pin switches in each of your doors in parallel.  You are going to take your MASTERCELL input and connect it to each of the terminals on your door pin switches.  You can splice off of the input wire at the MASTERCELL and run separate wires to each switch.  You can also daisy-chain from one switch to the next in the car.  This wiring diagram shows how to connect the MASTERCELL input for your dome lights to the door pin switches.

Simple Infinitybox wiring diagram showing how to wire door pin switches in parallel to control dome lights and interior lights.

If you open one of your doors, the door pin switch will ground the MASTERCELL input.  The MASTERCELL will send a command to the POWERCELL to turn on the output for the dome lights.  If you open a second door, the input will still be grounded because the switches are wired in parallel.  The dome lights will not turn off until you close all of the open doors.

An added bonus of our Infinitybox system is the ability to theater dim your dome lights.  When the doors close, we can set your dome light to slowly fade away over 10 seconds.  Give our technical support team a call to get this feature on your system.

You can download a PDF copy of this wiring diagram at this link.

If you have questions on how to wire your door pin switches with our Infinitybox system, click on this link to get in touch with our technical support team.

Using Open Outputs

This blog answers a question received from a customer plus shows off the progress on his car.  Mike O just finished his LS3-powered Brunton Stalker Classic.  This is a tribute to the Lotus Super 7You can learn more about there car by clicking this link.  His question was about how to use the open outputs on his Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit.  He wanted to add a water pump and asked if he could use the any of the open outputs to do this.  He also wanted to know how to wire the MASTERCELL inputs to control his open outputs.  We thought that this was a good question that was worth posting up on the blog.

Before we get too technical, let’s talk about the car.  This is another example of a very unique build and shows how simple yet powerful our Infinitybox system can be.  Mike has been working on this car for a while.  He squeezed a 430 hp GM LS3 engine into this chassis all managed by a custom Speartech engine wiring harness.  Considering that the original Super 7’s came with engines the same size as those used in most garden tractors, this LS will make the Birkin fly.

He handcrafted the rear fenders, back panel, cover and rear diffuser out of aluminum.  He custom made the flared wings out of fiberglass.  On top of all of that, he painted it Lotus Racing Green with a yellow racing stripe.  The LS3 is mated to a T-56 6-speed and the brakes are disc from Wilwood.

 

Mike wired the car with our 20-Circuit Kit and inLINK.  The benefit to him was simplifying the wiring, reducing the total amount of wire and giving the flexibility with making changes over his project.  He mounted his MASTERCELL and front POWERCELL just forward of the dash board.  Here is a picture of him laying these out.

 

 

Okay… now here’s Mike’s question.  He wants to add a Meziere electric water pump to the car.  He originally had a belt-driven water pump.  He wanted to add this electric pump to decrease the load on the engine plus give him more flexibility to cool the car.  Per the manufacturer’s specs, this pump draws 6 to 7-amperes under normal use.  This is well under the 25-amps that a POWERCELL output can supply.

Mike already has the car wired.  With a traditional wiring harness, adding accessories after the fact usually requires running new wires through the car.  With the Infinitybox system, we build in auxiliary outputs that can be used for practically anything.  These outputs can be used for things like extra lighting, multiple fuel pumps, amps, sub woofers and additional cooling fans.  In a typical install, there is 1 open output on the front POWERCELL and 4 on the rear.  Mike simply needs to connect the water pump to the open output on his front POWERCELL.  Then he needs to take the corresponding MASTERCELL input and connect that to a switch for the water pump.  Since he already has the Infinitybox backbone installed in the car, he doesn’t need to run any extra wire through the interior or through the firewall.

The configuration sheet that came with your kit will get you all of the details that you’d need to use these open outputs.  This link will take you to a blog post that gives you more detail on how to read the configuration sheet.  All of the open outputs are set to TRACK.  This means that the output will track the state of the switch.  When the switch is on, the output is on.  When the switch is off, the output is off.  In the case of Mike’s water pump, he can have a switch on the dash what would turn the pump on and off.   He could also wire the MASTERCELL input for his pump directly to the ignition switch so the water pump will turn on when the ignition is on.  You can use this functionality right out of the box with no configuration changes.

We can also custom configure the behavior of these open outputs for you.  One of the most common is to add a timer to the open output used for an electric water pump.  We can set this output to stay on for a period of time after you turn it off.  For example, your electric water pump could continue to run for one minute after the ignition is turned off to help cool down your engine.  Contact our technical support team for more information.

This example shows how flexible and powerful the Infinitybox system can be in your car.  It helped Mike modify the electrical system in his car with minimal changes to add this new water pump.  Thanks to Mike O for asking the question and for sharing the pictures.  The car looks great and we’re proud to be a part of it.

Click on this link to contact our team with any questions about how our Infinitybox system could be used in your project car or truck.

Infinitybox Powers Some of the Best Cars Ever Built

SEMA Battle of the Builders

Since our beginnings almost 10 years ago, our Infinitybox system has been used to wire and control some of the best builds out there.  At the 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders, we are proud to announce that 3 of the 12 finalists cars were wired with Infinitybox.  These include the 1963 Corvette built by Eddie’s Rod & Custom, the 1966 Corvette SplitRay, built by Scott Roth and his team at The Auto Shoppe and the 1969 Camaro built by Miranda Built.

The 12 finalists for the SEMA Battle of the Builders were picked from over entrants at the 2017 SEMA Show.  This pool was whittled down to 40 then down to 12 by industry judges.  These 12 finalists represent the most elite builders in the industry.  The winner was picked by the judging of the 12 finalists.  Here are the details on the three finalists wired with Infinitybox.

1963 Corvette built by Eddie’s Rod & Custom in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Corvette was a Select Six winner at Chicago World of Wheels, and received 1st in Class awards in best interiors, engine compartments, etc. The car has custom AME independent Chassis, floorpans, wheel houses, exhaust, bumpers, & interior, flush-mounted glass, machined trim parts, cross-ram EFI, Infinitybox wireless control system, Kicker audio system, dash iPad interface, Tremec six-speed, extended body valences/rocker.

This link will take you to more details on the car from our blog.

1966 Corvette SplitRay built by The Auto Shoppe in South Burlington, Vermont.

The car is a SplitRay 2017 Pirelli Great 8 cut down the middle and widened 6 3/8. It has a Z06-inspired interior, LS9 with a one-off supercharger system, and a six-speed transmission. Infinitybox provides complete control of the car with inTOUCH NET. It took over 20,000 hours to build.

This link will take you to more details on the car from our blog.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro built by Miranda Built in Delray Beach, Florida.

The car features a Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis, 440ci LSX Motor Dry Sump w/ Flex Fuel, TR6060 Transmission, completely fabricated front and rear Valance, Rocker extensions, engine bay, flush-fitted front and rear glass, shaved drip rails, Infinitybox multiplex system, custom one-off interior, custom Dakota digital gauge cluster, ADV1 wheels, and Wilwood brakes. “We’re just doing what we love to do,” said Miranda.

Each of these cars represents some of the best automotive engineering in the world.  Congratulations to Eddie’s, The Auto Shoppe and Miranda Built for being recognized as finalists in the 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders.