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Looks like AIM won’t support the dash fitted to FE cars.

“If it is, then i am afraid you cannot connect a rear view camera or a GPS module. I am unsure of the Wifi question, i would recommend contacting Lotus directly as it is technically a Lotus dash in your car and not an AiM.”

“Okay, as i said unfortunately the dashes supplied direct from Lotus are inherently different to the AiM MX2E dash that we can supply. A lot of the features are locked as per Lotus specification. I cannot help with the WiFi password, you'll have to contact Lotus directly to get some more information on this.”

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That doesn't look promising. I wonder if Lotus will have any interest in updating FE dash in future. At least rear camera would be nice to have. Or option to flash it to AiM.. which looks awful (UI wise), but has loads of nice features.

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This is quite puzzling if true. I find it very hard to believe that Lotus would offer dash support for a tiny number of FE cars sold so why they bothered fitting one in the fist place? Maybe that's why they locked it down to only have basic features in - if it breaks they simply replace. 

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29 minutes ago, MrD said:

This is quite puzzling if true. I find it very hard to believe that Lotus would offer dash support for a tiny number of FE cars sold so why they bothered fitting one in the fist place? Maybe that's why they locked it down to only have basic features in - if it breaks they simply replace. 

Probably just treating it as per the old Stack/Sherlock units. As you say, if it breaks just replace it. Although, that’s pretty much what you would have to do with a broken MX2 unit…🤔

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So I spoke to AIM Support.

it’s called MXLotus, not mx2e.

they won’t share the Wi-Fi password as it’s “fully supported by lotus not AIM”.

trying to find someone to help in Lotus? Difficult.

just seems lotus hamstrung the device due to type approval and now trying to get back some of the great aim functionality will be difficult.

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having now spoken to someone in ASO, it seems they have the code but not willing to share?


“Yes I believe the ports are there butt eh functionality isn’t.

Apologies I am not in a position to supply an access code”

so, aim can’t help as they’ve clearly a contract that says it must go via Lotus and Lotus won’t help as it’s now an abandoned platform.

From everything I’ve had from AiM it certainly seems it could/would but Lotus have chosen to hamstring it.

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Even if Lotus would let AiM add functionality, what would be their incentive to do that? They can just push mx2e's now to final edition owners sadly :( There is still some hope that Lotus will do something, but I wouldn't count on it.

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On 23/05/2021 at 20:32, Paul_D said:

All sorted. Even though I’d only recently downloaded it, somehow I didn’t have the latest version of Race Studio. Updating that and retransmitting to the AIM has fixed everything. 
 

(although strangely I now get a message on Race Studio when the upload has finished saying that the transmission has generated errors)

What version of Racestudio are you using? I upgraded software to 3.38.03 and then updated dash firmware from 02.34.36 to 02.34.66.

Flashing my old dash config, which is just two ECU fields displayed and smartycam channels, got the error connection where sport/race mode shows. I get both of those icons pressing the DPM buttons but no cominbation of transmitting dash config works without error.

Release notes mention something along these lines but clearly it is either still an issue or bug reintroduced: 

3.38.00 - Sep, 15th 2021
Fix to configuration transmission to MX2E.

Now trying to workout which combination of software/dash firmware will get me back to my old config....super annoying.

 

Edit:

Race Studio 3 Ver. 3.36.04 got me to dash 02.34.66 and accepted my config.

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That's a real shame they won't release the WiFi password. The FE dash is basic at best, with the bar rev counter being pretty tricky to see if you're tall. I'm not sure what lotus gains by preventing people from getting the full functionality given the premium paid for FE cars. 

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Hello Everyone,

I quickly went through all this discussion but I am a little bit confused. A couple of question:

 

1) is the 9000 rpm issue solved? I saw this photo on Komotech Instagram where the display shows 8000 at max (look at 2nd photo, the first one is engine).

https://www.instagram.com/p/CVm2YXqInoE/?utm_medium=copy_link

2) is there a difference ordering the AIM from a Lotus dealer, from Komotec or from SeriouslyLotus? In terms of functionalities, and binnacle in particular.

My Swiss Lotus dealer told me that Lotus is not shipping those anymore for this year because of the supply chain issue, so there are massive delays with parts. 

Many thanks!

 

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That dash in the Komotec photo is not an MX2E, so the display is different. Unfortunately they never fixed the 9000rpm issue, which I still personally think is a major flaw. 
 

As far as I’m aware the kit is identical no matter where you buy it. I think the early kits bought directly from AIM had a lower quality binnacle, but then later they were all the same. (I’m only 99% sure on this though)

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2 hours ago, Paul_D said:

That dash in the Komotec photo is not an MX2E, so the display is different. Unfortunately they never fixed the 9000rpm issue, which I still personally think is a major flaw. 
 

As far as I’m aware the kit is identical no matter where you buy it. I think the early kits bought directly from AIM had a lower quality binnacle, but then later they were all the same. (I’m only 99% sure on this though)

Very sad to hear that.. it actually should be very simple to offer a setting that scale it between 7000 - 9000. Not sure after such a big investment why they do not decide to make a quick simple software update...

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I agree. Compared to all the other stuff that is customisable, having 2 or 3 rev ranges should have been quite easy. 

In that display, the main part of the layout is the rev counter. But because of the non linear scale around 1/3 of it simply isn’t used. And the 0 - 5000 rpm part used in daily driving is virtually unusable. 

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