MoTeC M1 Software Tutorial: Packages
We have already discussed the concept of packages but with the M1’s operation being so heavily reliant on the package, it’s important to understand exactly what a package entails.
The most important aspect to understand is that the firmware the ECU runs is part of the package.
The firmware is what tells the ECU what inputs and outputs to expect and how to treat the information.
Without the firmware, the M1 ECU is just a blank box and depending on the firmware of the particular package, the ECU can control anything from a 3 cylinder jet ski, through to a twin turbo V12 or even a gearbox.
The key is in the way the firmware has been written.
Beyond the firmware, the package also contains the actual tuning information.
These are the tables and parameters we as tuners enter to make the package operate the engine how we want it to.
With the M1, MoTeC has introduced the concept of security, with different users allowed access to different parameters.
The security information is detailed and stored within the package.
Lastly the package will also include package specific workbooks and worksheets that are relevant to the particular package.
This helps display only the parameters you need to know to tune the particular package you are working on.
If you send a different package to your ECU, everything can change as the firmware, tuning information and worksheets may be drastically different.
This lets a package be very accurately targeted at doing the best job possible of running a particular engine.