Driftbox was initially developed for use in the Japanese D1 Grand Prix series to assist the judges award points during the competition, and has become in effect the fourth "Judge". Every vehicle which competes has a DriftBox Pro fitted during each run, and the judges get a points score for each corner based on Entry speed, Drift Angle and Cornering Force. Cornering force is used to judge how well the car is setup, the higher the cornering force, the more power and skill are needing to slide the vehicle.
The DriftBox Pro is for official competition judging, and communicates in real time to the judges via a radio telemetry system. This system is based on two GPS systems, with antennas placed in line on the roof of the car. Drift Angle is the difference between the Direction of travel and the Direction the vehicle is pointing.
The GPS system used is an RTK system, which gives an accuracy of 0.25 degrees, 0.1km/h and 0.01G.
As a result of the development of DriftBox Pro, Racelogic have been able to use this experience to produce DriftBox.
How Does DriftBox Work?
Housed inside the DriftBox is a high performance 10Hz GPS engine coupled with sophisticated motion sensors. Speed, Postion, Acceleration and Drift are measured 10 times a second. To measure Drift angle, the angle the vehicle is pointing is computed using the motion sensors, and this is compared with the angle the vehicle is travelling which is computed from the GPS.
DriftBox is equipped with an MMC/SD Flash memory card socket. This allows 10Hz logging of Time, Distance, Speed, Position, G-force, Lap Times, Split Times, and Drift Angle.
Data logged to the MMC flash card can be analysed in detail using the PC software provided. For convenience, the DriftBox can be connected to the USB port of a PC compatible computer to download information stored on the memory card.
Drifting is a very exciting form of motorsport where the driver has to continuously slide the car in a controlled manner around a set course. The competition is judged by an expert panel, who base their decision on speed, style, accuracy and drift angle.
Until now, the drift angle had to be estimated, but with DriftBox the guesswork has been removed, allowing much fairer comparisons to be made between competing drivers. Not only does DriftBox give feedback on angle, but also entry speed and cornering G-force. This information is displayed to the driver, and can also be transmitted to the judges and spectators in real time using the optional Racelogic telemetry system.
Racelogic have been involved in professional Drifting for over 2 years, working very closely with the Japanese D1 Professional Drift Grand Prix Series. The DriftBox has been tested and used by the world s best drifters, from Japan, America, England and Europe.
Using the Performance Meter:
To swap between the 6 different performance meter screens, simply press the up and down arrows. Performance ranges and units are fully user adjustable, which means if you want to measure a specific acceleration or deceleration range, for example 35-65, then this is very easy to do.
Performance meter features:
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Started in 1992, RaceLogic is a company that designs and manufactures electronic systems used to gather information from moving vehicles. It measures, records, displays and analyzes critical information which is then relayed to the end user.
Their product is popularly used in motorsport racing wherein all data is important in order to have that slight advantage over the competition. Due to the success of their product, Racelogic was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. It is the highest honor that could be awarded to a UK Business.
RaceLogic has changed the way racing teams monitor their data. Because of the introduction of their product, racing teams of today are able to calculate the adjustment realtime and get information previously unavailable to them.
Because of the products’ flexibility and effectiveness, RaceLogic is also used by major automotive manufacturers for their vehicle testing. This enables the manufacturer to see actual speed travel, angles, position and more information which they can use to make our vehicles safer on the road.
RaceLogic has a variety of electronic equipment to choose from. From their Flagship VBOX, which is the industry standard for measuring vehicle speed, position, distance and acceleration to their VBOX Motorsport in-car camera system and performance meters. These are used for racing. They even have a LabSat GPS simulator. Depending on your need, RaceLogic has the right equipment for you. Visit Vivid Racing and check out the list of RaceLogic products available.