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Video in Race Series

How to enhance your race series with in-car video

The requirement to make video and data available in race series is becoming more common and increasingly necessary. With everything that is happening on a race day, you need to be sure that a video system is easy to use, quick to install, and above all that it can function reliably in the demanding conditions inside a race vehicle.

Having successfully worked with multiple race series and championships, we can help you realize the potential of in car race video and data whether it is for officiating, live-streaming, driver improvement and more.

VBOX Video HD2 is mandatory equipment in the German Porsche Supercup, and in most Carrera Cup championships around the world including: UK, North America, Asia, Brazil, and Italy. This is also the case in Trans Am and the Toyota Gazoo Racing GR Cup North America to name a few.

Principally for the Clerk of Course to use to aid making decisions about racing incidents, their job is made significantly easier than it used to be thanks to Circuit Tools software, which automatically breaks the race down into individual laps. Finding incidents and comparing them from all the cars involved, and sometimes those around them, allowing for a decision to be reached within a matter of minutes, and with much more information to hand than viewing footage from simple individual cameras.

But it isn’t just the stewarding decisions that make the use of an HD2 so valuable. In the Carrera Cup GB, for instance, the amateur drivers are given a chance to review their video and data, with their coach, after qualifying; and the teams can use the system as they see fit in testing and practice. This allows them to bring rookie or inexperienced drivers up to speed – and therefore racing with a greater margin of safety – more effectively, and much sooner, than it has ever been possible.

Why use VBOX Video in your race series?

VBOX Video HD2 is an ideal tool for any race series because it aids closer racing, more easily resolved disputes,
and adds sponsorship and promotion opportunities. Here's how...

Video can resolve disputes in racing

Crashes are costly. The number of incidents in one season can have a direct bearing on how many will line up on the grid the following year. The use of video and data evidence dramatically reduces the number of incidents to begin with and gives clarification when resolving disputes.

Race series organizers have increasingly been turning to 'black box' solutions to record video and data and support their own marshals, to understand exactly what's happening on the track during the race and avoid driver disputes. This has often resulted in cases being resolved far sooner.

After several incidents, the Australian GT Series wanted the best available system for their race monitoring, with a view to bringing down dispute costs and to offer wider possibilities for recording their races. The solution they chose was Video VBOX Pro. What the Australian GT Series said...
“Video VBOX has been a great addition to our race series, for two reasons. Disagreements and racing incidents have been evaluated and resolved far quicker than they used to be, and with much less drama. Secondly our sponsors, Vodka O, are very pleased with the additional exposure generated.”

Closer racing with racing analysis

Every driver has access to the simple and popular Circuit Tools software, which helps show where time could be gained on the track. Slower drivers then have a far better chance of improving their times, ensuring closer racing as the season progresses.

Julian Thomas, MD of RACELOGIC, tried this himself by entering the Fun Cup series and cutting four seconds from his lap time, just by using VBOX video loggers. Closer racing means more entertainment, which in turn leads to increased exposure for you.

DPR Motorsport, a leading Caterham approved team, have set up their very own track side media center to allow their drivers to benefit from data captured using Video VBOX. David Rowe, DPR Team principal, said:

“As a team, we have always relied heavily on data acquisition. We have found using the Video VBOX system together with our trackside media center has enabled us to improve our support package further. Providing fast and convenient access to all the team data gives our drivers the ability to analyze and view that data away from the circuit and between race weekends, which is key to improving performance.”

Video graphic overlays can secure sponsorship

VBOX Video HD2’s graphic overlay allows you to have logos embedded in the footage. This is an ideal place for sponsorship, and because of the customizable nature of the system, it's easily configured to suit different events and sponsors - as you can see in the Trans-Tasman Challenge video clip below.

More advantages

VBOX Video is used by race teams, race series, industry testers, and drivers all over the world, and enables you to capture all the action with high accuracy and captivating detail from up to four bullet cameras.

With its quick installation and automatic logging features, it is intuitive to use and records footage in HD quality. User configurable graphics will overlay data on the video in real time, along with any logos.

The synchronized data and video can be analyzed in our free Circuit Tools software, and the video can be uploaded straight to YouTube.

The system employs easily removable flash media, allowing for instant analysis should it be required. Please contact us for further details.