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You will be
able have your Pro Mag Digital Controller, PN 7570 and the Interface
PN 8971 updated at the MSD Race
Support Semi at the NHRA
CSK Nationals in Phoenix, February 25 - 27. This update
includes the NHRA approved (and soon to be mandated) Enging
RPM/Timing Control circuit. The upgrade fee will be $150 per
unit. The Controllers can also be sent to MSD for upgrades. When sending
the units in, please call our tech line to receive an RMA number prior
to shipping the unit. (915-856-856)
We were able
to test the new Pro Mag Controller last weekend in Phoenix thanks to the
Bernstein camp and crew. The testing went great and there will be more
in Las Vegas this weekend. For a complete review on the Phoenix test, follow along
few pictures from the U.S. Nationals have been uploaded to the gallery.
firmware version 7570v1 download GraphSave 1.02, for
versions later than 7570v1 download GraphSave 1.04
the version of the firmware follow the steps below:
the MSD 7570 product ON
- The top
right hand corner of the display screen will display the version
of firmware loaded on the product.
will ONLY appear for about 5 seconds. Turn the product OFF,
then ON again if you fail to view the correct version
of the firmware.
here to download GraphSave Software.
Ultimate Shop Tool
Ignition timing is a critical
aspect in getting the most power out of your engine. To help professional
race teams and engine shops tune Pro Mags, MSD recently introduced an
all new Professional Distributor Spin Fixture for the MSD Pro Mag. This
precision Spin Fixture allows teams to carefully tune each Pro Mag and
then can even run it with an ignition control, coil and even spark plug
wires! Want to see more on our this Professional Spin Fixture? You can
download our new PDF brochure or e-mail
msdtech to request the brochure as FRM25045 (the part number).
to extend its most sincere and deepest condolences to the entire
Russell family on the untimely death of Darrell Russell.
Mag Digital Retard Interface PN 7570 and the Pro
Mag Digital Multi-Stage Retard Control PN
8971 are NOW available and ready to ship.
TENNESSEE the Pro
Mag Digital Retard Interface and the Pro
Mag Digital Multi-Stage Retard Control will be legal for
34 years of family ownership, Autotronic Controls Corporation,
the parent company of MSD Ignition has been sold. The lucky new owner
is a company called Gryphon Investments, a premier
private equity investment firm out of San Francisco, California. (www.gryphon-inv.com)
folks at Gryphon are very excited about their investment in MSD. They feel
that MSD is one of the premier names in the performance market and are
excited about the future in the coming years. Dan Gresham, the new President
and CEO of MSD, has over 25 years of management experience and was the
CEO of Dynojet Research Inc., a successful company in the motorcycle performance
leadership team is committed to continuing MSD's achievements in developing
absolutely cutting edge products and satisfying our intensely loyal customer
base," Dan said.
at MSD will continue as usual, so you can expect the same great products
with knowledgeable technical support. The addition of Gryphon and Dan will
allow us to develop some exciting new pursuits in the performance world.
These pursuits will remain the same as the past; to produce and support
performance and racing products with unmatched quality and engineering
see you at the races -
letter serves as formal notice of the acceptance the MSD
Pro Mag Digital Retard Control, part no. 8971, and the Graphic
part number 7570 for use in IHRA competition. The products are
limited to use in Top Fuel Dragster only. They will not be permitted
for use Pro Modified or Alcohol Funny Car, at this time.
The Pro Mag Retard and Graphic Editor will not be permitted for
use in IHRA Competition until the ACDelco Nationals at Virgina
Motorsports Park on May 27-30, 2004.
acceptance is based upon the current design and submitted product
features. I additionally request that MSD provide the IHRA Technical
Department with a list of serial numbers and respective customers
to aid in the tracking and inspection process. Please be advised
that any alterations must be accepted prior to utilization in
Mag Digital Retard Interface
PN 7570 and the Pro Mag Digital
Multi-Stage Retard Control PN
8971 installation instructions have been added to our download section.
new prices have been updated for Pro Mag
GraphSave Software version 1.01 for use with PN
7570 Graphic Editor.
Updated with photos from Firebird
International Raceway Test and Tune.
accepted the new Digital
Timing Retard PN 8971 and 7570 for
Top Fuel and Funny Car beginning with the O'Reilly
NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in
Bristol, Tenn., April 30-May 2.
Don't try running these products prior to this event, that will be
a NO NO!!!
Products are being manufactured and should be finished very soon.
Initial availability will be on our MSD RSI Trailer to Licensed NHRA
Top Fuel teams attending National Events. Teams will be limited to
1 unit per car.
will then be available thru our distributors shortly.
Keep watching this site for the latest news and product availability.
6 thru 8 2004
on going testing of the new Digital Timing Retard continued in Phoenix.
The functionality of the product has been trouble free and thru the
process we have had some features and software upgrades thru the
feedback from our test teams.
Our team consists of:
Miller Top Fuel Dragster
102 Octane Boost Top Fuel Dragster
AAA Auto Club Funny Car
of the most significant changes has been a software upgrade
GraphSave enables the user the ability to create or edit a timing
map on a PC or laptop as well as managing files and folders
by events or runs.
The Programmer is still the only means of transferring files to and
from the control unit. Another feature upgrade has been the addition
of files storage in the programmer, which is now up to 6 files.
The teams have become comfortable to the point that we saw them editing
and transferring files in the staging lanes. This should become a normal
scene in the future. Crew chiefs will be reprogramming timing curves
up to the last minute before a run.
date the products have functioned as designed. Now we need to ramp
up production to satisfy NHRA's requirements for acceptance for the
will need Acrobat Reader to view, download it here.
This is a copy of NHRA letter posted on their web site
OF NHRA LETTER
NHRA Technical department has released the following information
concerning the use of MSD's newest ignition units for the Professional
Mag Digital Retard Control (part no. 8971) and Graphic Editor
(part no. 7570)
MSD Pro Mag Digital Retard Control, part no. 8971, and the
MSD Graphic Editor, part no. 7570, have not been accepted for
NHRA competition, thus will not be allowed at the K&N
the retard control and editor have not met final acceptance
by the NHRA Technical department. For the process to be completed,
MSD must present to NHRA that the product has met all criteria
that was established prior to any on-track testing, and that
a sufficient inventory is available to supply all Top Fuel
and Funny Car teams.
that time, NHRA will again evaluate the products and make a
decision on either to accept or decline the use of the products
in NHRA competition and develop an implementation schedule
NHRA Technical department has also decided that the MSD Pro
Mag Digital Retard Control and Graphic Editor will not be
allowed in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car
for the 2004 season. The product will be reviewed again prior
to 2005 for acceptance.
Last week we went to Houston to test the new Pro
Mag Programmer on
the Miller Top Fuel Dragster but Mother Nature has other plans. We
managed to get in a couple launches and short times, but it was too
cold to make full passes. When the team checked the Racepak data against
the timing plot that they programmed, everything looked good! The following
day was even colder so the test session was aborted.
few days later we found ourselves in Las Vegas with much better weather
conditions. This test session was with Jimmy Prock on Gary
Densham's AAA Automobile Club Funny Car. The team
ran the new control during all of their testing (five passes,
four of which were in the 4-second range!). At the end, Mr. Prock said
this about the new Controller and Programmer, "This
thing is pretty cool".
This coming weekend we're headed for Phoenix for the final test session.
The plan is to run the unit on Larry Dixon's Miller Team dragster as
well as with Clay Millican with the Werner/104
Octance Boost car. Densham's
team is ready for more testing as well as Gary Scelzi's Dodge/Oakly
We'll have more updates early next week!
more test sessions for our new Digital Retard Control and Graphic Editor
are going to be taking place soon. One test will be conducted by the 2003
World Champion Miller Top Fuel Dragster!
test session will take place in Las Vegas, January 29-31 as Gary
Scelzi puts the Dodge/Oakley
Funny Car through its paces with Mike
Neff carefully watching. Gary
Densham will also testing the newest
MSD advantage in his AAA Automobile
Club with Mr.
Jimmy Prock at
still waiting for a decision concerning the Alcohol classes. NHRA is
holding off pending the results of the 2nd test session in Las Vegas.
As soon as we here from them, we'll post 'em here.
Autotronic Controls Corp.