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Incredibly happy to be writing this blog entry to introduce the Track Attack Analytics App into a public Beta!  We’ve been working on this for the past 6+ months and glad to finally get it to more people’s hands.

What is it?

First, it’s a companion experience.  Our goal with Track Attack has always been to be more than just an app and this is one big step to proving that.  When you become a Track Attack user, you get a great app to record lap times and video, a place to store your entire history, share easily with friends online and now, a place to analyze your data in the easiest way possible.  It is initially available for Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 tablets, laptops and PC’s.

We’ve been working with leading minds in the motorsport industry (coaches, drivers and instructors) on identifying the most critical views of data and things to focus on for the vast majority of drivers.  We then took those views and made those the center of the app experience so that anyone can easily analyze their data.  No need to be a tech wiz or a race engineer to ‘play with data’!

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This is not data analysis for pro-racing teams making a living from racing.  This is data analysis for the rest of us.  We will continue to improve and tweak based on your feedback but our goal is not to be another AIM Race Studio or Motec or Pi.  We will focus on the making the core views on data easy to gather, easy to use and easy to share/compare.

Single Lap Analysis

The first view in the app is the ability to view a single session/lap in isolation.  The point here is really to zoom in on you and whether you are driving at the limit.  When we talked with driver coaches and instructors, they told us that after they’ve covered the basics with a driver and they knew the driver understood the track, braking points, turn-in points, the line, etc… they would then turn their focus to the traction limit.

Single Lap Analysis

How much of the traction limit is the driver using and how consistent are they?  This is where we focus in on the traction circle.  The accelerometers in most smartphones aren’t great but they can get the job done.  The goal here is to see if and how that little dot in the traction circle is moving around?  Is it transitioning smoothly from braking, to turning to acceleration – around the traction circle in a nice arch?  Or is moving forward under breaking and then back down before shifting to the side for the turn?  That’s the difference.  Coaches told us that many times, they will prefer to have a driver, driving at the limit across the track over driving the perfect line around the track.

Multiple Session Analysis

Alright, you dug into your laps and you think you have a handle on the traction limit.  Now, you want to see what you did different in that one magical lap.  You did something and got faster but you have no idea what.  This is where the multiple lap analysis view shines.  Here you can select any two laps within a session and compare them on top of each other.  You can watch the laps play real time and see the differences in the video, see the differences on the map and figure out what’s going on.

Now you know!

Multi-Lap Comparison

Segment Report

This is the crown jewel!  In the analytics app you can go into each of the tracks you’ve driven and create segments.  Those segments are then applied to all of your sessions and this really shines in a few places:

  1. When you’re comparing two laps, we calculate the differences in segment times automatically and you can zoom in immediately and see where the biggest differences in time are.  This is even more powerful if you are able to get a driver coach, instructor or just a faster driver to drive your car in a session or split a session together.  You then have their data and can see exactly where the gaps in lap times are – instantly!
  2. Continuing on the theme of having someone else drive your car in a given session or comparing two sessions (one where you drove and another where the other person drove), you can now pull a segment report across all of that data and come up with a virtual fastest lap.  This is where we take the fastest times for each segment and put together a virtual fastest lap (or sometimes referred to as a theoretical fastest lap).  Great but this is available in other places.  Well, we go one step further!  If you have the video for each of those sessions uploaded, we then piece together the video of all of those fastest segments and compile a video that virtual fastest lap.  Now, you can see exactly what that lap looks like.  This is even more powerful when you use a GoPro as your camera source, getting a shot of the driver (for the driver inputs) and looking out the front windshield.  There is nothing more powerful that you can use for a visualization tool!
  3. Lastly, you can do the above in #2 for just your laps.  Take any single session and analyze your segments, the virtual fastest lap, the corresponding video and even drill into any individual segment cell, not just the fastest ones.

Segment Analysis Sector Management

The last thing here is that you find that in a given session, where you might have focused only on the fastest lap before, now you know that there is a ton of value in the other laps.  Maybe a lap wasn’t the overall fastest because of traffic or a mistake but you could have had a great segment time there.  Now you will know and it’s time to put it all together!

How To Videos

Even though we made it a goal to have this be the easiest to use analytics tool in motorsports, it’s new and we wanted to show you all how to use it.  So we shot a bunch of How-To videos and put them directly in the app!

How-To Videos

Let us know how to make it better!

Lastly, this experience is in public beta and it will be for a while, for a reason.  We want to make this better with your input and feedback.  Check it out, use it, beat it up, break it and tell us how to make it better!  Tell us and share your thoughts with everyone else here on the Support Forum!

 

Track Attack is excited to announce the availability of a new contingency program for all competitive racers, in any class, any sanctioning body and any region.

The goal of the program is simple – help racers offset the cost of racing competitively when you use Track Attack and most importantly, share your sessions!

This program will work for all types of competitive racing:

  • Road Racing
  • Oval racing
  • Rally
  • Rally cross
  • Auto cross
  • Drag racing
  • Drifting
  • Hill Climbs

 

The payouts are offered for podium finishes and pole positions.  Note, this is cash money!  Not credits that you can only use in any one location but straight up cash!

 Payout for Regional Competitions

1st Place: $25 USD

2nd Place: $15 USD

3rd Place: $5 USD

Qualifying Pole Position: $25 USD

Payout for National & Championship Competitions

1st Place: $100 USD

2nd Place: $75 USD

3rd Place: $50 USD

Qualifying Pole Position: $100 USD

 Eligibility

  1. Must have purchased Track Attack PRO on Android, iOS or Windows Phone.
  2. Payout is through Paypal only and thus available only in countries where PayPal is available as a service.
  3. User must successfully fill out and submit the redemption form within 30 days of the motorsport event.
  4. All motorsports that Track Attack supports are eligible.
  5. Event must be a formal, sanctioned event by a recognized governing body (i.e. NASA, SCCA, FIA, ICSCC, etc…)
  6. All events with at least 5 competitors in a given class or 15 or more total competitors in a multi-class race.
  7. Only one claim eligible per race weekend with the exception of Pole Position.

 How to get started:

  1. Download Track Attack for your iPhone, Android or Windows Phone
  2. Create an account
  3. Race, use Track Attack and perform well
  4. Share your sessions online
  5. Submit a redemption form

 

That’s it!

See this video on how to submit a redemption form.

Tell us what you think by submitting comments or suggestions on our Facebook page or sending email to trackattacksupport@9104studios.com

Tell your friends and other racers! The more competitors we have, the better and we’ll look to improve the program.

Check out our other how-to videos so you know exactly how to use Track Attack when competing.

Thanks in advance for the support and good luck out there!

 

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