Breaking down the Haltech Nexus R5 Vehicle Control Unit in a 7-second Mustang
Written by Michael Galimi
Photography by the author
The integration and merging of technology is happening across all areas of our lives, some of it is readily apparent and some of it is not so obvious. Home entertainment used to be a simple television set, and after 50 years, it is being shoved aside by various hand-held devices. Those same devices act as phones, gaming consoles, and are capable of controlling a vast number of household functions. If technological integration is happening with entertainment and communication, then it is most certainly occurring in other aspects of our lives, like in the world of hot rodding.
Aftermarket engine management companies evolved into highly comprehensive technology providers, creating software and hardware solutions to help us go quicker and faster. These advancements see continued success off the track and in the street market where ultimate control is paramount to street worthiness. Haltech’s latest control unit to hit the market is the Nexus R5. We are hesitant to call it an ECU because it is so much more than an engine control unit. The Nexus R5 combines the functions of an ECU, power distribution module, and data logger into what Haltech describes as a Vehicle Control Unit.
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