With the release of AiM's next generation of loggers (the MXL2 and MXG), they have started the transition over to Race Studio 3. The new software package has significantly increased capabilities in the dash programming, sensor configs, and the two digital outputs. Many people have some trouble creating the custom sensors and/or understanding all the different way they can use them. This Featured Article will help with that and teach folks how to use some of these new features.
Stack has released their new LED logging dash. It features a very high quality, super bright 7" LED display. Time will tell how well it catches on, but it's a well built unit.
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Mazdaspeed brought Roger Cadell (AiM Sports National Training Manager and friend of TrailBrake.net) and Randy Pobst (Championship Winning Driver, Coach, and author) together to do a webinar together. While based on AiM examples, this webinar is fulled with examples and ideas that are applicable to all cars and data systems.
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Going through the first day of the PRI show, there was so much to see. Lots of new developments from many companies. One of the most exciting things was the release of the MXS dash from AiM. Built with the same hardware and performance as the MXL2 and MXG, it provides a high quality full color screen like the MXG but in the space constraints of the MXL2.
TrailBrake.net hosted a Motorsport Data Seminar presented by Jorge Segers. This two day, high level session was a major success with attendance from some of the top Tudor United Sports Car Championship, Mazda Road to Indy, and manufacturers. The material paralleled the information in the second edition of his book, Analysis Techniques for Racecar Data Analysis. This was Jorge's first seminar in the US in over 3 years and left all the attendees with new knowledge and insights to improve their car engineering and driver development.
Recently there have been two neat new electrical items that can really help out a club racer. While not directly sensors themselves, they may help you out and keep you in a race, rather than retiring early not knowing why.
Ever notice one car doesn’t look as good over the bumps as another. Most times we chalk it up to better dampers, different suspension designs, or even the driver’s skill and/or track position when they hit the bumps. While those things certainly play a major role in how the car looks and handles, sometimes there is more at play.
Check out this trace and see what you notice. The top graph is the front shock positions and the bottom is the rear shock positions.
Long a favorite of people with iPhones, Harry's Lap Timer is now available for Android based phones. For folks who are interested in checking out what data has to offer without spending too much, this is a great way to start. Find it here at the Google store.
Shock data can be used for many different things. Lots of times, it’s thought that the shock data is only good for tuning – finding that sweet spot of dampening. Just as often, the shock data can show other things, especially when something is wrong in the suspension. While the data won’t tell us exactly what is wrong, it can show us symptoms of the root cause and allow us to dig deeper.