Historic DB-2 restoration

Carl Correll has joined our company, and is currently working on a complete rebuild of a 1984 Swift DB-2.  This car was the first DB-2 built, and it finished 3rd in it’s first appearance at the 1984 Runoffs with Steve Shelton driving.

Here’s the “before” picture.  The car complete ready for it’s makeover…

1984 DB-2

1984 DB-2

First up, the bodywork and engine were removed.

DB-2 engine removed

The engine was sent off to Ivey Engines for rebuilding, while the gearbox was disasembled and inspected.

DB-2 Hewland disassembled

Carl will be replacing the ring & pinion, a worn-out shift finger, and putting in new seals and bearings.

If you’ve got a mechanical project that’s just a bit more than you’re ready to do yourself at home, consider bringing it to Veracity Racing Data.  We can help with maintenance, upgrades or a complete restoration.   With Carl’s gearbox expertise, we can now handle those gearbox projects.   We will also be adding shock testing and service to our offerings.

Rebates from Stack

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Stack is currently offering a special rebate program for purchases made before June 30, 2014. You can receive a $100 rebate for purchasing $700 in Stack products. Lesser rebate amounts are offered for smaller purchases, all the way down to $150. So if you want to add a new sensor (or purchase a spare), or are thinking about upgrading your data system by adding a Digital Video Logger, now may be a great time to do that.

Check out the Stack Product Page for some of Stack’s offerings, and give us a call today to find out how much you can save.

 

Repeatable Brake Bias using Brake Pressure Sensors

Many folks that have brake pressure sensors on their data acquisition system use them only to analyze their braking technique. That is how hard and when are the brakes applied. What if there’s more to it

Did you know on cars with a cockpit adjustable brake bias, you are missing out on a real advantage of having two brake pressure sensors if you don’t use them to help you set the brake bias to the desired value? Let me break it down for you.

Normally brake bias is presented as the percentage of front brake pressure like this:

BiasPercent = 100 * FrontPressure / (FrontPressure + RearPressure)

With some data systems, the bias can be calculated directly and displayed on the dash.   Make sure your dash is configured so you can see this info before heading out on track.

For systems where the bias isn’t calculated as a percentage, here’s another neat trick. Configure the dash to display both the front and rear brake pressures. In the car, press the brake pedal until the front pressure is 600 psi — note the rear pressure value. Assuming the bias is what you want — that number is your “magic number” for getting the adjuster back to that exact point. Should you adjust it while on track, to compensate for tire wear or conditions, you can return to the exact baseline by adjusting until your rear pressure is the same value when the front is 600 psi.

To adjust the brake bias you, generally, have to release the brakes, turn the adjuster and press the pedal again.

You might also determine that in the rain, you need a bit more rear brake bias so there won’t be as much weight transfer to the front. Again, learn what your magic number is for the wet, and you can dial it in when it begins to rain while you’re on pre-grid. What do you think, will this work for you?

Upgrade to the latest Stack DataPro for free!

LOGO-WHITEStack has just announced a change in policy regarding upgrades between the various DataPro versions. Users can upgrade to the latest version (DataPro v6) for free. For those who have been stuck with an old Laptop running DataPro V3 because their version of DataPro wouldn’t run on Windows Vista or newer. Take advantage of the bug fixes and improvements found in the latest DataPro v6. Take a look at this page with features found in DataPro v6 on Stack’s website.

The optional Semi-Pro versions (Rainbow track maps, custom sensors, priced at $450), and Pro versions (Semi-Pro features plus Math Channels, priced at $800) are still sold as an upgrade.

Contact us today to find out about getting your DataPro V6 Pin Code!

Custom Machined Mounting Brackets

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At Veracity Racing Data, we have the capability to create custom-designed, CNC machined parts. We recently completed a MoTeC Installation on a formula car that included a custom bracket to hold the D153 Dash, Shift Light Module, and 4 control buttons. We are super proud of how that all turned out, and wanted to share some pictures.

Veracity Racing Data Steering wheel mount for MoTeC D153 and SLM

Here is photo of what the back of the steering wheel install looks like, showing the enclosed back and integrated design for a super clean install. For this particular car, we also some really clever mounts for the CDS contact-less position sensors. Here is one of the front ones, clamped onto part of the chassis, and the target magnet has been epoxied into a machined pocket in the bellcrank.

IMG_0997Do you need help with brackets for your data system installation? Give us a call to discuss your needs and let us show you exactly how Veracity Racing Data can change your dreams into reality.

We specialize in the really hard-to-solve to extremely difficult problems, miracles will take longer.

 

Curing MoTeC “Unable to open registry key AsyncDeviceList”

We recently heard from two customers using recent versions of MoTeC CDL3 Dash Manager and ADL3 Dash Manager with Windows 8 having a problem where the error “Unable to open registry key AsyncDeviceList” began to appear:

Error "Unable to open registry key AsyncDeviceList

 

Re-installing Dash Manager did not cure this, nor numerous reboots, disabling virus protection, etc. The solution is to change the permissions of the Dash Manager software to “Run as an Administrator”.

Here are two ways to launch the Dash Manager and set it to be run as an administrator.

  1. From the Desktop icon:  Right click and select properties, then Compatibility, then check the “Run this program as an administrator” box.
  2. From the Start Screen:  Press the Windows key on the keyboard, find the Dash Manager icon and right click on it, then click on “Run as administrator” on the bottom menu bar.