Toucan is an innovative touchscreen display unit that connects, via CAN busto Syvecs, Life Racing, AlcaTek, SimTek, Link, Vi-PEC, MoTeC, Emtron, Haltech, EcuMaster or MBE engine management systems. It also supports the STACK protocol via RS232 serial data, used by ECUs such as the Pectel T6 etc.
It has 2 main functions:
- Easy naming and selection of Calibrations (or maps), in place of the standard rotary switch.
- Extensive gauge displays, complete with audible and visible alarms, as well as absolute and dynamic peak markers.
With thanks to Syvecs, the following video shows a Toucan installed in a Nissan GTR.
Each CAL position is provided with 2 lines of user-entered text, minimising the risk of selecting the wrong map. PIN protection can be enabled, so the vehicle may be parked with an immobiliser CAL enabled (with no fuel injected, for example) and/or a valet mode (with low rpm limits), with a PIN entry required before the CAL can be changed.
Gauges have a absolute peak marker (with reset button), plus a dynamic peak marker that holds the most recent peak for a configurable period of time before dropping back to the current value. A dynamic minimum marker is also available on many gauges, to show the lowest recent value.
Four main gauge pages are provided, and each page can by configured to show your preferred gauge selections. A quick touch on any small gauge causes a full-screen gauge to be displayed and the unit can also be set to immediately show the relevant large gauge when an alarm is triggered.
Alarms can be individually enabled for each parameter, with the alarm thresholds set as required. A low oil temperature warning can be enabled, especially important for turbocharged engines to avoid driving hard when the oil’s too cold. The audible alarm may be muted if wished.
When used with an AlcaTek, Link, Vi-PEC or MoTeC ecus, launch control and antilag can be turned on and off directly from the touchscreen, and the launch RPM may also be adjusted from the screen for AlcaTek and MoTeC ecus. For Syvecs the LC status is displayed, and ALS can be turned on/off.
The display is a full-colour TFT LCD with 320×240 pixels and a resistive touchscreen. Backlight dimming for night time use can be manually selected, and/or automatically enabled if the unit is wired to the vehicles “illumination” circuit.