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GPS lap timer recommendation

Discussion in 'F1' started by vm3, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. vm3

    vm3 Formula Junior

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    What GPS lap timers are available that do not rely on a track side transmitter?

    Is there a convenient single unit device without cables connecting several pieces?
     
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  3. b-mak

    b-mak F1 Veteran

    Peter should chime in here.

    I've got recent, but limited experience with Traqmate. Going to play with it in depth in a couple of weeks. For the casual user, it's a fantastic piece.
     
  4. WCH

    WCH F1 Veteran
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    I have Competition Data Systems units in two cars, they work well and CDS has been quite helpful.
     
  5. vm3

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  7. ProCoach

    ProCoach F1 Veteran
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    The Starlane's US distributor in NJ, yoyodyne, apparently does not stock this item, but it does look exactly like what you are looking for. Hardracing says with the track mapping feature and hardwired (recommended) it's about $685. If you just want the lap-timing feature, it's around $500. Pretty good deal, but with the mapping feature, you have to set the splits and there's no easy way to distill the information post-session.

    The CDS, which recently added GPS functionality, is a very powerful tool, as is Stack, Motec and Pi Systems. These are well beyond what you need, it seems.

    The Traqmate Basic Bundle ($739) is one unit (about the size of two cigarette packs) with a GPS antenna, period. You can place a lithium battery pack on it with velcro, velcro the unit to the floor, the side sill or the center console and place the GPS antenna (about the size of a 50 cent piece) in an area that has an unobstructed view of the sky and you have a complete, self-contained unit. It does not offer real-time display of lap times, you get that when you download the data. The software and updates (two to three times a year) are free.

    The Traqmate Complete ($999) is two units, connected with one 6' detachable (at each end) cord, that consists of the same sensor unit as in the TBB (has the accelerometers, the GPS processing and the power supply integral) and the display unit (velcroed to the steering wheel, dash or instrument binnacle) that has the memory and displays not only lap times, but offers a predictive lap timer (you can see if you are ahead or behind of your best time during the lap, real-time), too. Of all of the systems out there, the software for the TM is the easiest to use.

    There are others dash systems that incorporate beacon-less lap timing like AIM systems (also Italian) and Race Technology, but if you're going to go to the trouble of capturing lap times, I would want to know how, when and in what part of the lap I did those times! :)

    Sounds like the Starlane is what you need, but this technology is changing fast and, as many people have found out, the hardware is only as good as the software that works with it.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
     
  8. Cavallino Motors

    Cavallino Motors F1 World Champ
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    If all you want is lap times and you are runnign at sanctioned events you may want to look at the AIM system. They just reduced the price for the dash lap display to $300 and it works pretty well.
    Works in conjunction with your AIM system.
    Don't really need GPS for lap times unless you add the track map feature, which if you spend the cash you should really add to really look where you are losing time and gaining time. Great self teach tool.
     
  9. vm3

    vm3 Formula Junior

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    Thanks for the great info! I need a GPS system since some events support one transceiver system, and other events support a different system. The CDS products are sophisticated but too expensive for my needs. I ordered the Starlane and I will post my comments after using it.
     
  10. fatbillybob

    fatbillybob Two Time F1 World Champ
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  12. vdb

    vdb Karting

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    I have a G2X Extreme Racepak. Actually have 2 of them. Best dash display on the market-for the price. About $900 or so. Easy to use software. Have one in my Radical and another in my Elise.
     
  13. vm3

    vm3 Formula Junior

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    It requires a computer for displaying data.
     
  14. vm3

    vm3 Formula Junior

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    It comes in several pieces connected by cables just like the Traqmate.
     

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