I currently use a Stack DashLogger, which has been nothing but trouble since the day we installed it. I'm looking to replace it for next season. Alex Carrano, who also races in Jedi, pointed me at RaceCapture/Pro. I'm particularly drawn to it because I'm a software engineer, so the open nature of the platform is very attractive.
I have a few questions that I'd be very grateful for answers to:
- My current Stack system is a complete logger and dash solution. I would certainly be looking to use the Bluetooth Dash Display, but I'm not sure to what extent it would be possible/sensible to use that as the only display? Would I need to (or be well advised to) supplement it with other things (rev counter? shift lights? low oil pressure warning light? anything else?). I'm slightly reticent because, as I know from experience, Bluetooth can occasionally be grouchy (my phone *almost* always connects to my car, but...). The last thing I want to do is (say) stall on the grid, restart the car, and then discover that my dash isn't displaying anything because it's failed to reestablish its Bluetooth connection...
- As I understand it, Linux and OS X versions of the software are planned, but not available yet? Is there an ETA for either/both? Any functionality differences/limitations between the different versions?
- Is there any reason why I wouldn't be able to run the Windows version on a Mac within a virtual machine (VMWare Fusion)?
- Is the integrated telemetry the only option for uploading data to race-capture.com? Or can that be done after the fact? I don't have any particular need for real-time streaming of data, but would like to be able to share and analyse it online.
- Are there any options for integrating/synchronising with video?
- Is there any reason why I shouldn't be able to use the existing Stack sensors that are fitted? Any reason why I might be well advised not to, even if they could be made to work?
- Am I right in thinking that the lap timing works via GPS only? There's no requirement for a beacon or similar?
- This is a very subjective question, I know, but how accurate is the predictive lap timing? The Stack system I currently have *claims* to have predictive timing, but in practice its predictions are so inaccurate as to be useless. Does the RaceCapture/Pro predictive system use only GPS for its predictions, or does it also use accelerometer and wheel speed data?