Track drivers can almost
always improve their performance by undergoing driver training in some
form or another. Even at Formula one level, team mates compare data to
find out where they are losing vital time.
Even if you are producing identical lap
times to your team-mate, undoubtedly there will be places where they are
slightly quicker than you, and vice-versa.
What is the best way of finding out how to go faster?
Data loggers can be complex items to
master, as there are often many different channels of data to monitor
the engine, chassis behaviour and driver performance.
Almost all data loggers have been
designed primarily for analysis of the chassis and engine data, with
driver performance analysis almost being an added extra. This can make
the software difficult to learn and operate for a driver, with many
complex features and display options. The best way to improve is to have a
team mate or coach who is quicker than you, and to overlay two sets of
data. The other way is to analyse all of your own laps, and you will
usually find sections of different laps where you went quicker.
What types of loggers are the most suitable?
GPS data loggers are ideally suited to
track driving analysis due to their light weight, small size and the
quality and abundance of parameters they can measure.
Without any other sensors having to be
fitted, you can measure Speed, Track Position, Distance, Lap Time, Split
times, Predictive lap times, Lateral acceleration, Longitudinal
acceleration and Height. Itís no wonder they have become the most common
form of trackday and motorsport data logger.
What are the important points to look for in a GPS data logger?
To get the most out of a GPS data logger
at a track you first need a good quality GPS engine with an update rate
of at least 10 true samples per second. This gives the speed and
acceleration values enough detail to really work out what is going on
and enough resolution for accurate lap timing.
The next critical factor is the analysis
software, you donít want to spend a long time downloading, separating,
lining up and comparing files, this becomes frustrating and limiting
A third important factor is the
availability of Video integration, ideally contained in the same unit.
Video really brings the data alive, and makes detailed analysis much
easier with the multitude of visual clues contained in the image
Why is Video VBOX different to other data loggers?
With Video VBOX, we have come at the
problem of driver training from a completely different angle.
First we set out some criteria for
producing the ideal driver training aid:
Quick and easy to fit
Suitable for any kind of vehicle
Capable of producing reliable, high
quality video with multiple cameras
Extremely simple to use
Focussed primarily on the driver,
not the vehicle
Then we went about designing the
product, and the end result is a system which is not only powerful, but
also is arguably the easiest system to use on the market today.
How easy is it to review the data?
Level 1 Ė Video only
At the simplest of levels, using the
overlaid graphics which appear on top of the video, you only have to
watch the video of your laps to see exactly what is happening.
John Bowe - Bathurst Touring Car Masters 2011 Race 2.
Check out the 3 minute mark...
Level 2 Ė Circuit Tools analysis
If you want to get more out of the data,
then fire up Circuit Tools analysis software, and load in your data-file
from the SD card. Using the GPS position data, the software will then
automatically detect the Country, Circuit and Layout Configuration from
a database of over
130 worldwide tracks and then use the correct start/finish line from
this database to extract all of your laps, and display them in lap time
It will then pick out your fastest lap,
and load this into the graph window and align the video to the start of
To compare another driver/session,
simply load the next file into the software, and it will pick out the
fastest lap and plot it against your previous fastest lap. Itís almost
What other Racelogic products are suitable for racing data
Racelogic have a wide range of data
loggers suited to track driving, including the hugely popular, low cost
Box, the innovative
DriftBox for keen
drifters, the Video VBOX
for motorsport use and if you are looking for the ultimate in
driving-line analysis, the VBOX range of data loggers can offer
There are over 10,000 Racelogic data
loggers being used all around the world, and we continue to add features
and improve the tools available to stay at the cutting edge.
For full product details on Video VBOX
click on product information below.
Please contact us with specifics of your
applications, and one of our technical sales team will be pleased to
Customer Profile: BBC Top Gear
Popular BBC TV
motoring program Top Gear uses Racelogic products on to collect
data, such as speed, G-force, circuit position, lap time and
split times and of course to film the presenters as well as
celebrity drivers inside the car.