It’s interesting to see how ordinary motorists and amateur/semi-pro race drivers are so fascinated (bordering on obsessed?) with obtaining F1-like data and telemetry for their driving activities.
So much so, that there are any number of quite good (and improving) smartphone apps for the major platforms that aim to provide the motorsports telemetry experience to a wide audience. Some are free, some are quite expensive, but all have a large following. Some are better implemented than others, but there’s a growing trend for this type of application to come with back-end server support for more comprehensive playback and analysis. These server systems are (so far) by no means as professional or as comprehensive as something like the Magneti Marelli’s top-end WINTAX or ATLAS products, but much more accomplished than you would ever be able to get on your smartphone.
Stuttgart. GT sports cars from Porsche are a good ticket to the world of motorsport. Four out of five of all Porsche GTs ever built have been driven on the track. One in three enthusiastic drivers take to the track in the first year to test the sporting limits of their vehicle and their own abilities. Porsche has developed the Track Precision app especially for such drivers.
The Porsche Track Precision app is part of a special Sport Chrono Package, which is only available as an exclusive option for the Porsche GT sports cars Cayman GT4, 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS. It also includes the pre-fitting for connecting a lap trigger, which is available as an option from Porsche Tequipment. This lap trigger allows lap times to be measured even more precisely than using the GPS signal. You can download the free smartphone app for Android or iPhone from iTunes or Google Play. It allows the driver to perform a detailed and objective analysis of their lap times and driving style using synchronised data and video recordings. To do so, it utilises precise vehicle data from an auxiliary control unit in the vehicle as well as the smartphone’s high-resolution camera and GPS signals.
The Porsche Track Precision app offers a unique range of functions, both while driving as well as for subsequent analysis. Before setting off, the driver simply has to select the desired track. This can be done either before or during the approach to the track. There are already about 60 international racetracks available in digitised form so far. Additional tracks can be conveniently added in a map editor beforehand or can be created when you drive the first lap in the car. To ensure high video quality, the driver should then affix the smartphone in a secure mount on the windscreen. As soon as he passes the start line, the system automatically begins to record using the GPS data. The data can be saved with the tap of a finger after passing the finishing line when the car leaves the track. Continue reading Like in motorsport: recording and analysis of driving data on tracks→
Today the 2015 running of the Mille Miglia begins and Mercedes-Benz has combined the old and the new with the creation of a cutting edge 360 degree film to mark a special anniversary.
A little over 60 years ago, on 1st May 1955, Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson won the Mille Miglia in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR – number 722. They drove flat out for 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds and averaged 98 miles per hour – all on public roads.
It was recognised as one of the greatest feats of driving ever – their record still stands today.
In 1955, the W 196 R racers were the most advanced cars in the world – they won every race they finished and used cutting edge materials.
At a time when road cars would struggle to hit 70 mph, the W 196 R could exceed 180 mph. Today only eight examples still exist, but now and again they’re let loose…
Sixty years on, Sir Stirling Moss has been reunited with the 300 SLR number 722, on the very same roads on which he won.
The film released today allows you to control the camera and watch from nearly any angle as Sir Stirling Moss takes ‘722’ on the roads he and Denis Jenkinson set records on. Three dimensional sound makes the footage even more vivid.
ALFA ROMEO 4C OFF TO AN AWARD-WINNING START IN IRELAND
Alfa Romeo 4C wins two major awards and sets a production-car lap record shortly within months of its launch in Ireland
The lightweight sports car sees off a long list of strong competitors to claim the “Performance Car of the Year” title in the APMP inaugural awards
The Alfa Romeo 4C was also named joint Overall Best Car 2015 in the Sunday Times Ireland / CompleteCar.ie Best Car Guide for 2015
The mid-engined performance car with its carbon-fibre chassis claimed the Rev.ie production car lap record at Mondello Park racing circuit in Ireland
Jury members were impressed by its handling, performance and astonishing value for money, offering supercar looks and performance for just €69,900
These is the latest in a long list of prestigious accolades the Alfa Romeo 4C has won since it was launched, including FHM’s Car of the Year 2013
The Alfa Romeo 4C has been named “Performance Car of the Year 2015” in the inaugural Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP) Car and Van of the Year Awards, shortly after claiming the joint “Overall Best Car” award in the Sunday Times Ireland / CompleteCar.ie Best Cars Guide 2015, where it also claimed the “Best Driver’s Car Under €75,000” category win. It also set the www.Rev.ie production-car lap record around Mondello Park Race Circuit in the hands of experienced racing driver and motoring journalist Ian Beatty.
Owners of expensive, classic or remodelled automobiles may need to pay extra attention when they are insuring them. Their requirements can be slightly different from a typical family car. However, they should watch out for brokerages and underwriters who claim to be specialist on arranging coverage for certain types of vehicles. Not that there aren’t great specialist brokerages but a few of them make it sound like their services are worth paying an arm and a leg extra.
“It would certainly be cheaper if you could find a policy off the shelf but this may not be possible. However, a good standard policy can be adjusted to meet your needs with additional coverage and endorsements” says Joe Moore of CheapAutoInsurance.net. Here are a few points to keep in mind when you are arranging car insurance coverage for different, better than average and classic automobiles.
Original Part Replacement
When you have an expensive automobile you cannot have a policy that will stipulate on repairing your car with aftermarket parts. You just have to make sure that original parts will be used to repair your vehicle should something happen to it.
Choice of Mechanics
You should be allowed to choose your own mechanic for the repairs within reason. You should avoid policies that would restrict your choices in any way. Some companies may not necessarily mention that you need to use their approved garages but may try hard to steer you in that direction. Some companies may only be happy to pay you the costs of repairs if it was carried out in their approved garages. In other words, you may have to pay the difference out of your pocket if you were to choose a specific repair shop. Make sure that you can take your car to a good repair of your choice.
Agreed Price Coverage
There is a particular problem with the classic cars. Some of them are left to rot in a junk yard and worth almost nothing. But the ones that are lovingly restored and put back to their former glory are expensive. The problem with a standard vehicle insurance policy is that they only pay you the open market value of the car insured. Therefore, you should agree the open market value of a classic car at the time of insuring it in order to avoid disappointments and disagreements when it is totalled. This can easily be dealt with an endorsement on the policy.
Modifications made on vehicles changes their specifications and increase the risk simply because auto insurers prefer manufacturers’ specifications. The problem is that they cannot verify who carried out the modifications and how good they are. You need to discuss the modifications made on your automobile while arranging coverage for it. You should make sure that the policy mentions the modifications. Otherwise, not only you may not get compensated for the costs of modifications but also your claim may be refused.
Be Extra Careful with Cheap Auto Insurance Policies
Not that anything wrong with those polices but they are designed to service motorists with low income and generally an average vehicle. They may have some of the additional conditions you want to avoid as mentioned above. And those underwriters would try to get the repairs done as cheap as possible. If you have never heard of the name of insurer you should do additional research on who and how reputable they are.
Maranello, 24 January – An old friend was at Ferrari today on the eve of the presentation of this year’s car. Niki Lauda won the world championship with the Prancing Horse in 1975 and 1977 and today is non-executive president of Mercedes F1. This morning in Maranello, he met a man who was his team manager and was such a part of his Formula 1 wins, namely Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo. Today they are rivals in the fight for the world championship. Niki met a friend with whom he shares many ideas about the top level of motorsport, both believing it is essential to work together to assure its solid and prosperous future.
From what a driver feels on the eve of the launch of a new car, to an evaluation of the challenge that awaits the teams in a season so full of unknown factors, Lauda had his say on ferrari.com, with his usual verve and forthright manner.