Brent Picasso from Autosports Lab and fellow racing driver joined us to discuss a very exciting addition to their system called TireX. TireX allows the driver and the paddock to real time monitor the tire temperature across the tread continuously while the car is on track. This can help in a multitude of ways including monitoring tire performance, set up effects, and driver induced effects. In addition to being real time, it also was designed to use a graphical display that can monitor tire temperature and distribution in an easily digestible manner. If you drive a car where the tires contact the road, the TireX system may prove to be invaluable to you and your team. If you drive a time travelling DeLorean, it may not be as helpful.
In Ben’s Dominating with Dawson segment, we discussed driving styles and potential ways to use YouTube and other video to learn a track or to improve your driving.
We hope you enjoy the episode!
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Brent, can we order one with the plug and play harness? Pretty please?
Bill, Vicki, Jennifer, and Alan
Hosts of the Garage Heroes In Training podcast
and team members in the GHiT
Immature Endurance Racing Team
Highlights from the episode include:
1) Brent and Bill catch up on what Brent and his team have been up to, including a very successful Indiegogo campaign.
2) How TireX came to be and what its capabilities are, as well as some of the very important questions it can answer for your car and driver performance, especially if there is a team aspect to the race.
3) We talk about squiggly lines and graphical interfaces and how they can be helpful to different types of people and their individual ways of digesting information.
4) Advantages of real time live data vs post session traditional tire temperature measurements, especially in specific turns or across the car from left to right or front to back.
5) The amount of time saved can easily pay for the system itself by allowing the team to dial in a car set up much more rapidly.
6) Bill simply cannot avoid making a predator comment. Get to the Choppa!!!
7) Brent even discusses the typical peak performance window for your tires.
8) We discussed how the TireX works, its capabilities, size, and installation options as well as various display options for the data collected.
9) Ways to use the data to communicate to the driver if they are driving too aggressively or too conservatively in a specific turn etc.
10) Use of the TireX system in rainy conditions.
11) Bill had several usage and capability related questions for TireX and its integration with the other RaceCapture and Podium systems. Hint, there is still a lot of capacity left in the system even with 4 channels per tire in use.
12) Mounting options and a discussion of some of the advantages and disadvantages of specific orientations, especially for the front wheels due to their steering.
13) A quick review of the RaceCapture Track and RaceCapture/Pro systems
14) Bill also goes into mounting the GPS antennae in a daily driver Miata, for a friend, lol.
15) Track days are seeming to start opening up and we may be able to go back soon. We miss it. Badly.
16) Bill pleads to his favorite HPDE group at NASA Great Lakes for the upcoming Mid-Ohio event. He is going whether he gets off the waiting list or not.