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Introducing the Miku Z4 Cockpit Switches!


 

Racing cars generally have a minimalistic design in order to drive as fast as possible, but there sure are a lot of switches in the driver’s seat that you don’t find in a regular vehicle.  The driver doesn’t get mixed up do they?  Are they flipping switches while barreling down the track at over 200km/h?  Shun will answer all these questions and more!

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As for the new and improved parts of the current model Z4, I’ll let the Chief Engineer tell you all about it during the live broadcast!

Today I’ll be talking about all the different types of switches that you find in the diver’s seat – also known as the cockpit.

As modern racing cars continue to evolve, it’s become necessary to operate various types of switches in the cockpit in order for the driver to reach optimal speed.

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First we’ll be taking a look at the switch panel!

From the top left:

● Ign

This is the ignition switch, sending power to the computer (ECU) and fuel pump.

● Fuel Reset

Rests the amount of fuel displayed on the meter.

● Start

Rotates the starter engine.  Right next to it is the emergency lamp.

● AGS OFF

A fail-safe is build into the pedal shift, and this cancels the fail-safe when you can’t shift up or down.

● The round red one

This fires a missile toward the car directly in front of you.

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Sorry, just kidding.  This is actually the fire extinguishing button!

When pressed, it injects fire retardant into the cockpit and engine room.

Moving on, from the bottom right.

● Fuel 2

In the event that the primary fuel pump malfunctions, this activates the spare fuel pump.

● AC

This stands for air conditioning, but the Z4 doesn’t have one.  It’s available as an optional part.

● Crank

In the event that the primary crankshaft position sensor malfunctions, this activates the back-up sensor.

● Rain

This illuminates the car’s rear fog lights (aka rain lights).

● ABS

This is the reset button in the event that the ABS fail-safe is activated.

● Light Dim

This changes the luminosity of the instrument panel.

● Main

This is the main power switch for the vehicle.

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Next, let’s move on to the switches in the steering column.

From the upper left…

● RADIO

Press once to play FM, twice for AM.

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Just kidding – this button is for radio communication with the pit.

● HIGH

This button is for passing.

● DASH

This increases horsepower… I wish!  This alternates between meter displays.

● LIGHT

This is the headlight button.

● LEFT

Left turn signal.

● SCREEN

This blasts the front glass with hot air to eliminate fogging.

● RIGHT

Right turn signal.

● WASH

This would be the button to eject washer fluid, but this car doesn’t have any.

● WIPER

This is the button for the windshield wipers.

● PSL

This is the button that Driver Kataoka accidentally pushed during the 2012 Autopolis race – lol!

It stands for “Pit Speed Limiter.”

● TC

This button adjusts traction control.

● KDS

This is a dial to adjust fuel mapping, but has different uses for qualifying and finals.  In case you’re wondering, there’s also an SC mode.

● ASC

 

This is a dial to adjust traction control.

 

And there you have it.

There’s a lot of stuff in there, and I believe a lot of people think that remembering each one of them is really hard – including drivers.  But the truth is they don’t really remember many of them at all, as you often here stuff like, “Hey, this happened so what should I do?” on the radio – lol.

Even recently it came out that Driver Nobuteru Taniguchi didn’t know how to shift to reverse.  To back up, you have to simultaneously push RADIO and TC while shifting down.

What did you think?  Do you find this kind of thing interesting?

Right, right – coming up this weekend there’s the Super Taikyu Race and 86 Race at Motegi, the D1 at Fuji International Speedway, but I’ll be participating in the Super FJ at Suzuka, so I hope you’ll be cheering me on!

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- Shunsuke

 

 


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