|Race Capture| Watch Live Data From 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Brent from Autosport Labs is at Thunderhill for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill and he has two Race Captures installed on cars run by Krider Racing. He didn’t have enough time to connect the Race Captures to the cars to get engine data. However, by just throwing the Race Captures in the cars, speed and lap count is being recorded, as well as G data (X, Y, Z, and yaw) from the on-board sensors.

Check out the live streams at the following links:
Krider Blue Car
Krider Red Car

The Race Capture IndieGoGo campaign is going until early January 2013. Visit their IndieGoGo page for more information or to order a Race Capture for yourself.

I continue to be captivated by this thing, especially by seeing the live data stream with GPS positioning of the race car. Very cool stuff.

|Race Capture| Testing at NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill?

Twitter posts from @RaceCapture indicate that they are at the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill. I know that the Aurosport Labs LeMons Merkur is not entered in this event. The tweets include pictures of a pair of Nissans that feature cars and a setup that look LeMons familiar as Krider Racing – a top flight group of folks (even if they have hella cheatastic fast cheaty LeMons entries, the faster than me cheaters).

Something is going on here. Beta testing the production product? I’ll make another post if something worthwhile happens. It could just be racers visiting buddies.

I apologize if my enthusiasm for this thing seems a little overblown. Race Capture looks like a product that will give real guy racers like me a chance to get useful performance data we can use to go faster.

Hopefully StartingGrid.org will get a unit to evaluate and review (hint hint). More updates if they appear. Note that I’m curling in a bonspiel this weekend (yes, the funky game with rocks and brushes on ice), so I won’t be glued to twitter all weekend.

|Race Capture| You Can Afford Live In-car Telemetry

Live data from a race car running on the track is a highly valuable car tuning and driver training tool. Until now, getting this sort of data access and control has been out of reach for most racers. The creative folks at Autosport Labs have built a product called Race Capture that gives even LeMons racers like me the ability to have high level live telemetry running on our cars.

Race Capture info sheet

I can’t wait to get my hands on this magic box. Having the ability to have this device do things like flash warning lights on the dash when the oil temp gets too hot, or simply transmit temps, boost, rpm, and fuel level back to the pits will be incredibly helpful when running Pujo! at events. The fact that we can also set Race Capture up to record lap times, display track position using GPS, and even overlay data onto our in-car video is icing on the cake. That all of this costs less than a pair of tires is astounding.

Race Capture is being released through an Indiegogo campaign to crowdsource funding for production.

Make the jump for a video update with an interesting competition where folks can get one of the first Race Captures next week – before the Indiegogo campaign is closed.
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Why We Race: A Concise Explanation

The Autosport Labs Lab Rat

Friend of StartingGrid, Doug Chase – Chief Everything Officer of Chase Race, drove in last week’s 24 Hours of LeMons event at Sears Point Infineon Raceway. He was driving the Autosport Labs Merkur “Lab Rat”, which is pictured above and is worth a post just highlighting its unique features – live telemetry in a $500 crap can racer!.

Doug recently said the following about being behind the wheel of the Lab Rat and it resonated with me as a great explanation of what racing really feels like.

“Last Saturday I spent two hours at the wheel of a race car, and it was the most relaxed that I had felt in months. Never mind that we were racing in the rain, or that the windshield wipers broke, or that there were 170 other cars on track.

At that moment, nothing else in the world matters. Work is gone. The internet is gone. I couldn’t answer the phone if I wanted to. For those two hours the only thing that mattered was piloting the race car, a task that happens to be quite fun, and that I happen to be reasonably good at.

When my stint was up and it was time to come in and change drivers, I climbed out of the car relaxed, refreshed, and feeling more at peace than I had felt in a long time.

Then Sunday we did it all again, except without the rain.

And life is good.”