SEMA 2011: SCT’s iTSX Brings Tuning to Apple Devices

SEMA is a place where manufactures display TONS of new products that are destined to hit the shelves in 2012.  It is also a place where awards for good product design can be won, and that is exactly what SCT Performance did with their new iTSX, by taking the prestigious Best New Performance Street Product award for this year’s SEMA show.

No more worrying about cables, dongles or other bulky items; the iTSX fits in the palm of your hand and fits neatly onto the vehicle’s OBD-II where it transmits the vehicle’s information directly to an Apple device.  “Something not a lot of people don’t know about iTSX is 95% of SCT’s staff had no idea we were making it until eight months into the development – myself included,” said Tim Roi of SCT.

The tuning experience is very user friendly with the iTSX Apple application.

Installing the iTSX app is no different than installing any other application; log into the iTunes store with your free account and type in “iTSX” into the search bar. The download is free and does not require any additional sign up to use.

The functionality of the iTSX’s tuning process is largely unchanged over their SF3 and TSX tuners, though easy-of-use is improved with it’s color on screen prompts. The application will detect the vehicle it’s tuning and display the default settings on the tune, allowing the user to easily customize the tune with a myriad of adjustments.

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Now that our graphics guys know how to create more gauge sets, watch for some very cool gauge themes & layouts shortly.

The soon-to-release custom tuning support is where the iTSX really shines. With the ability to store up to 10 custom tunes (three times the normal amount) the iTSX will load tunes through email or USB connection.  This eliminates the need to open up an additional Windows-based SCT updater to load the tunes.  Additionally, tuners can protect users with custom tunes by disabling the preloaded tune function so an incorrect tune can never be loaded.

Be the first kid on your block with a 21st century digital monster tach and shift light with a window-mounted iPad! While the gauge layouts are limited with the new release, SCT pledges to have a large array available soon, “Last week I received the details on how to create more gauge layouts from our software engineers,” said Roi “Now that our graphics guys know how to create more gauge sets, watch for some very cool gauge themes & layouts shortly.”

A performance calculator has the ability to monitor horsepower, quarter mile, stopping time, and more!

Another added benefit of the iTSX is its performance test capability.  Unlike many other applications that rely on GPS tracking to determine the tests, the iTSX actually uses the sensor outputs to calculate.  From a stop, we selected the ‘Start’ button on the performance test.  Once the vehicle starts to move, the iTSX detects the movement through the vehicle’s speed sensor.

SCT iTSX for Ford and GM Late-Model Vehicles

• Vehicle Tuning and Programming
• On-Screen Virtual Gauges with Adjustable Warning / Alert lights
• Monitor Vehicle Engine Data / Parameters via Virtual Gauges
• Huge Virtual Gauges on iPad ( 9.5” wide X 7.4” tall )
• 0-60 MPH Test: Virtual Speedometer & Graph with Estimated Horsepower
• ET / MPH Test: 1/8th mile & 1/4 mile ET / MPH with Estimated Horsepower
• Top Speed Performance Test
• Braking Performance Test with 60-0MPH ET
• Reads & Clears Vehicle Diagnostic Trouble Codes

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In 1995 Mark started photographing drag races at his once local track, Bradenton Motorsports Park. He became hooked and shot virtually every series at the track until 2007 until he moved to California and began working as a writer for Power Automedia. He was the founding editor for its first online magazines, and transitioned into the role of editorial director role in 2014. Retiring from the company in 2016, Mark continues to expand his career as a car builder, automotive enthusiast, and freelance journalist to provide featured content and technical expertise.
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