2ND EDITION - PUBLICATION DATE 29/01/2014
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Racecar data acquisition used to be limited to well-funded teams in high-profile championships. Today, the cost of electronics has decreased dramatically, making them available to everyone. But the cost of any data acquisition system is a waste of money if the recorded data is not interpreted correctly.
This book, updated from the best-selling 2008 edition, contains techniques for analyzing data recorded by any vehicle's data acquisition system. It details how to measure the performance of the vehicle and driver, what can be learned from it, and how this information can be used to advantage next time the vehicle hits the track. Such information is invaluable to racing engineers and managers, race teams, and racing data analysts in all motorsports.
Whether measuring the performance of a Formula One racecar or that of a road-legal street car on the local drag strip, the dynamics of vehicles and their drivers remain the same. Identical analysis techniques apply.
Some race series have restricted data logging to decrease the team’s running budgets. In these cases it is extremely important that a maximum of information is extracted and interpreted from the hardware at hand. A team that uses data more efficiently will have an edge over the competition.
However, the ever-decreasing cost of electronics makes advanced sensors and logging capabilities more accessible for everybody. With this comes the risk of information overload. Techniques are needed to help draw the right conclusions quickly from very large data sets.
In addition to updates throughout, this new edition contains three new chapters: one on techniques for analyzing tire performance, one that provides an introduction to metric-driven analysis, a technique that is used throughout the book, and another that explains what kind of information the data contains about the track.
1ST EDITION - 2008
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Data acquisition has become an invaluable tool for establishing racecar - and car/driver - performance. Now that the ability exists to analyze each and every performance parameter for car and driver, accurate use of this data can provide a key advantage on the racetrack. This book provides a thorough overview of the varied methods for analyzing racecar data acquisition system outputs, with a focus on vehicle dynamics.
Book Review - Racecar Engineering 2009
"This is an important subject and an important book. There's only one other good book on subject and it's out of print and very expensive. I believe this book will be widely used by raceteams everywhere for a long time... You only need this one book to do the analysis job, not several books. Every team needs this book!"
Bill Milliken, Author of the bestseller 'Race Car Vehicle Dynamics'
"Our deep congratulations for the publication of your book ! Everyone at Mosa joins me to wish you great success with it.
As a matter of fact, the SAE Motorsport recognition itself is already a promise of success !"
Marc Raway - Director Mosa Frein
"It's interesting and adapted to nowadays data analysis works in a race team. Good job !!!"
Jordi Riba, Simulation & Data Analysis engineer SEAT SPORT
"I have always believed in the book, but was pleasantly surprised at the reaction to it at the SAE World Congress. In particular, Bill Milliken was enthusiastic about the job you did writing it. Bill and his son, Doug, wrote SAE’s best-selling title, Race Car Vehicle Dynamics. I feel this is pretty high praise from the man who wrote “the bible” on race car vehicle dynamics and you can be very proud of that."
Martha Swiss, Intellectual Property Manager SAE
"I received my copy of your book in the mail yesterday and just wanted to congratulate you on it - on first glance it offers a lot of detail and I've immediately spotted a couple of things I can add to my analysis."
Ben Michell, Development engineer Dunlop Motorsport
"I read most of the book over the weekend, it is excellent in my opinion. Absolutely the best in print, probably best ever published."
Dr. Andrew Durant, Director Race Technology UK
"Proficiat met je boek. Ik heb hem alvast ontvangen en ga er eerstdaags aan beginnen."
Marc Goossens, racecar driver
"Een duidelijk boek waar de basisbeginselen van datalogging uitgelegd worden. Aanbevolen door ALBI Engineering! "
Erik Albertsma, Albi Engineering