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An Introduction to Motorsport Data Logging

Data logging or acquisition is now commonly used across all forms of motorsport.

In this Driver’s University tutorial, our driver coach, Scott Mansell, takes an overall look at data logging and how it can help you become faster on track.

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This introductory tutorial is the first in a mini-series that will detail how to make the most out of data as drivers.

There are many motorsport data logging systems available on the market, from GPS-only units to HD video systems that can log hundreds of channels.

As drivers we don’t necessarily need hundreds of channels of information – these are usually for engineers to check various information from the engine, suspension and tyres enabling them to understand exactly what’s happening dynamically with the car.

To make the most out of data logging as a driver, the best option is something like the vBox Video HD2 system which includes GPS data, two cameras and the opportunity to include channels such as throttle position and brake pressure. As drivers, the most important channels are speed, throttle position, brake pressure and RPM:

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Scott MansellFounder Driver61

Scott Mansell is a driver development coach and racer, who has competed in professional motorsport for over 25 years.

He's driven and competed in hundreds of race cars, including everything from Mazda MX-5s to 26 different F1 cars.

This year alone he will develop more than 100 drivers over 26,000 miles of coaching through his MasterClass training program.

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