In the Round
Lethal Performance and Lund Racing have a new way to tune your Mustang
By Steve Turner
At this point, there are myriad ways to tune your Mustang. Tuning solutions have come in all shapes and sizes over the yearsâ€”from simple boxes to sleek, modern devices. The goals of these products are all the same; to rewrite the stock calibration in your Mustangâ€™s PCM with something that performs better and better suits the mods you have installed.
Most of these devices also provide some matter of datalogging support to assist you or your tuner in dialing in the combinations. They also add some nice touches, like reading and clearing factory trouble codes. As with any technology, the devices tend to get smaller and more powerful. In some instances, they get more clever, which is why we were so excited upon discovering eMotionâ€™s nGauge device at last yearâ€™s SEMA Show.
This device has the form factor of a gauge, but it is so much more. Yes, it plugs into your Mustangâ€™s OBD-II port to provide real-time data from the vehicleâ€™s sensors, but it also packs some powerful datalogging capabilities. Most intriguing, of course, is that this gauge will also load those performance tunes into your stock PCM. Well, it will if it has the proper software support, and thatâ€™s where Lund Racing came into the picture.
â€œWe decided to bring the nGauge to market so we would have maximum control over the user experience. We consider the nGauge to be a living and breathing device. We use it daily on our own vehicles, so that allows us to continually make changes based on what we feel makes the best product out there,â€ Ken Bjonnes of Lund Racing explained. â€œSince itâ€™s based on Linux, it is really a mini computer that will only continue to grow based on what we can dream up. We are very excited about what the future holds with this device.â€
The tuning gurus at Lund have not only provided the backend support to deliver performance calibrations with the nGauge, but they have worked with eMotion to improve its datalogging and tweaked its parameters to make it work with the on-board computers in the latest Mustangs, so this version of the nGauge is a unique offering that only works with Lund Racing calibration files.
â€œThe Lund Racing nGauge separates itself from the other tuning devices in many ways. For one it offers advanced datalogging parameters. If the PCM has it, the nGauge can read and record it. This gives Lund Racing the ability to tune these cars even better than before. Another great feature of the nGauge is its display options,â€ Jared Rosen of Lethal Performance explained. â€œYou can display and monitor up to six parameters in real time. Itâ€™s basically like an Aeroforce Interceptor gauge and advanced tuning device all in oneâ€”all packed into a small round gauge. It sounds like a winner. Iâ€™ve seen this thing in action from the beginning and itâ€™s impressive to say the least, which is why we’re really excited to now offer it to our customers.â€
Now Lethal Performance has teamed up with Lund Racing to bring the first nGauges (PN LR-1234; $449) paired with its calibrations to market. These units are now available for 2011-2014 V-6, GT, and GT500. They are also available for the 2015 Mustang GT and EcoBoost.
â€œWeâ€™ve been testing the Lund Racing nGauge on both our 2015 GT and EcoBoost Stang for a few months. Itâ€™s been pretty awesome seeing the development of it and how much it has evolved from the beginning,â€ Jared said. â€œKen Bjonnes at Lund Racing has put a ton of time into this thing making sure itâ€™s perfect before its release and weâ€™re glad it is finally here.â€
Lund Racing is continuing to develop the platform for more vehicles and capabilities, and for a limited time is available exclusively via Lethal Performance. As such, the nGauge is now part of Team Lethalâ€™s various Mustang Power Packages.
â€œAll of our power packages and supercharger packages for the 2011-2015 Mustang GTs, GT500s and the Ecoboost Mustang are now available with the Lund Racing nGauge,â€ Jared added. â€œWe received our first batch of Lund Racing nGauges in early June. Since then they’ve been flying out the door and we’ve had to order another batch. â€œWeâ€™re pretty stoked to see how well these gauges have been doing and it only seems like it will get better as support for other vehicle models is released.â€
With newer vehicles becoming all the more complex, it will definitely be exciting to see whatâ€™s next for this tuning and datalogging platform.