• Vi-PEC V88 plug & play E46 M3 MS54 standalone ECU available through Apex Speed Tech

      Apex Speed Tech has announced a plug and play S54 ECU kit utilizing the Vi-PEC V88 is available for $3400. This includes a complete plug and play harness. The ECU has dual map capability which means pump and race tunes at the flip of a switch. It also supports the E46 traction control. Apex Speed Tech is claiming they have used this ECU successfully in everything from road racing to 1200 whp twin turbo setups. We haven't seen these twin turbo setups personally or any details of to support that claim but this plug and play ECU should open up the S54 to some interesting custom setups as well as a variety of swaps.



      Quote Originally Posted by Apex Speed Tech
      We're excited to announce our S54 plug & play kit featuring Vi-PEC. Following on the success of our S14 kits and custom Vi-PEC S54 installs, we've developed a kit that offers incredible value with none of the compromises of other kits in this price range. The kit retails for $3400 and includes:

      1. Vi-PEC V88 ECU.
      2. Complete plug & play harness - uses all stock sensors and no modifications. We will require a stock harness as a core.
      3. Bosch ignition amplifiers - uses stock coils and harness.
      4. Optional wideband lambda, allows you to take advantage of Vi-PEC's excellent self-tuning features - $189.50
      5. Dual map capability - 2 position switch for pump or race gas - $90
      6. Aftermarket dash cable - allows for integration with AIM dashes - $90
      7. Optional standalone ABS kit, allows you to integrate stock E46 ABS for traction control. Includes diagnostic cable, custom harness and software - $1990.
      8. All of our kits are fully customizable. Tell us what you need and we'll quote you!

      Our kit offers features that many others in this price range leave out. These include:

      1. Fully sequential fuel AND spark.
      2. Retains the original fly-by-wire throttle setup.
      3. Runs the stock dual VANOS cam control.
      4. Allows deletion of the stock mass-airflow meter.
      5. Uses the stock idle air control motor.
      6. Features a built-in baro sensor for altitude correction.
      7. Allows for knock control - dyno tuning required.
      8. Can run feature such as closed-loop turbocharger wastegate control, intercooler spray bars, nitrous control and more!

      Apex has done S54 motors with Vi-PEC, MOTEC & Pectel ECUs, and worked with them in Speed World Challenge and Grand Am. Other projects we've done have been featured in magazines such as European Car, Performance BMW, Euro Tuner, Street Rod, Race Engine Technology and Roadracing World, as well as on Discovery Channel/TLC, The History Channel and ESPN. Apex has done some of the most powerful S54's in the world including twin-turbo setups making over 1200hp at the wheels!
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Vi-PEC V88 plug & play E46 M3 MS54 standalone ECU available through Apex Speed Tech started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 112 Comments
      1. basar13's Avatar
        basar13 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Apex Speed Technology Click here to enlarge
        Absolutely. The stock ECU doesn't matter to us... we're replacing it completely.

        -Neel

        This is good news ! Thanks !
      1. topendusa's Avatar
        topendusa -
        This is good stuff
      1. BMtroubleYOU's Avatar
        BMtroubleYOU -
        Well.....I'll be looking into this!!! I have a VF ST II+ SI version blower, water meth,13PSI, Alum F/W, nitrous etc... I will be installing the CSL Cams, throttle boddies, 8 rib pulley and get this thing moving and stop right there! getting married, so i have to slow down on the spending, LOl!!! I'm in afghan soo, I have to wait to get back. Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BMtroubleYOU Click here to enlarge
        Well.....I'll be looking into this!!! I have a VF ST II+ SI version blower, water meth,13PSI, Alum F/W, nitrous etc... I will be installing the CSL Cams, throttle boddies, 8 rib pulley and get this thing moving and stop right there! getting married, so i have to slow down on the spending, LOl!!! I'm in afghan soo, I have to wait to get back. Click here to enlarge
        Nice... but do the CSL cams offer a benefit on blown setups?
      1. BMtroubleYOU's Avatar
        BMtroubleYOU -
        Yes, it will! any cammed vehicle will gain some ponies, with a good tune you will have impressive gains!!! Tuning, cams, F/I, W/M will gain some power.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BMtroubleYOU Click here to enlarge
        Yes, it will! any cammed vehicle will gain some ponies, with a good tune you will have impressive gains!!! Tuning, cams, F/I, W/M will gain some power.
        Interesting, I just thought FI cams and NA cams were different things that had different gains. I often hear you can't take an aggressive NA cam and expect it to help a FI setup, sometimes even hurting it.
      1. BMtroubleYOU's Avatar
        BMtroubleYOU -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Interesting, I just thought FI cams and NA cams were different things that had different gains. I often hear you can't take an aggressive NA cam and expect it to help a FI setup, sometimes even hurting it.
        Here is Saintly's CSL M3, the CSL M3 just have a few minor engine mods than the US Spec, Cams 288/280, ITB, Headers etc, but I will have custom tunes!!
        508rwhp Dynodynamics AA charged 9psi race gas(no nos) 11.618@122.65mph
        521rwhp Dynodynamics AA charged 9psi race gas(125shot) 11.412@126.09mph(Best trap 129.72mph)
        611rwhp Dynodynamics AA charged 9psi race gas(150shot) 11.7@129.49mph
        631Rwhp highest HP to date.

        Now: 528rwhp Dynodynamics 13psi Pump Fuel AA Charged
        552rwhp Dynodynamics 13psi Race Fuel AA Charged
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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BMtroubleYOU Click here to enlarge
        Here is Saintly's CSL M3, the CSL M3 just have a few minor engine mods than the US Spec, Cams 288/280, ITB, Headers etc, but I will have custom tunes!!
        508rwhp Dynodynamics AA charged 9psi race gas(no nos) 11.618@122.65mph
        521rwhp Dynodynamics AA charged 9psi race gas(125shot) 11.412@126.09mph(Best trap 129.72mph)
        611rwhp Dynodynamics AA charged 9psi race gas(150shot) 11.7@129.49mph
        631Rwhp highest HP to date.

        Now: 528rwhp Dynodynamics 13psi Pump Fuel AA Charged
        552rwhp Dynodynamics 13psi Race Fuel AA Charged
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        Saintly's results are impressive and he makes big power. Just wondering what kind of difference the cams made for him.
      1. ihiro's Avatar
        ihiro -
        wow the price is awesome, i bet if he sell it 50% off people will bought it without thinking twice and they will get more profit out of it.. can this plug to M54?? Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ihiro Click here to enlarge
        wow the price is awesome, i bet if he sell it 50% off people will bought it without thinking twice and they will get more profit out of it.. can this plug to M54?? Click here to enlarge
        I don't see why they wouldn't have an M54 solution, best to ask Neel though.
      1. Apex Speed Technology's Avatar
        Apex Speed Technology -
        I don't see why they wouldn't have an M54 solution, best to ask Neel though.
        We've already done 2 M54's.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Apex Speed Technology Click here to enlarge
        We've already done 2 M54's.
        Well there you go, M54 or S54 they have you covered.