Updated Firmware, Software, and Apps for VBOX Video HD2

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We have released updated firmware, setup software, and apps for VBOX Video HD2.

The new VBOX Video Firmware (download here) includes these features:

Performance Increases

  • VBOX Video now fully boots up, and installs scenes up to 50 % quicker than previous release
  • Removed requirement to power cycle unit after scene install

New Bluetooth Support

  • Introducing support for high speed OBD link Bluetooth module
  • Ability to register five Bluetooth devices to VBOX Video
  • Smart control to scan and enable available Bluetooth devices

Logging Updates

  • Updated support to allow use of higher capacity recording media, utilising exFAT formatted USB and SD cards
  • Improved file closing logic

iOS and Android Preview Apps

  • Faster and more stable communication between the app and the VBOX Video HD2
  • Ability to add and remove Bluetooth devices for VBOX Video HD2
  • Bluetooth paired/active status icon
  • Record icon displayed when recording
  • Audio streaming now enabled
  • Option to download scene to SD card

Others

  • Ability to view live camera preview within Setup Software via WiFi
  • Ability to save current scene to inserted media
  • 1 ft roll-out performance test updates
  • Nürburgring VLN start/finish update
  • Updated communication with OLED
  • Added best lap text parameter
  • Added ‘Time stationary’ parameter, with auto reset
  • Added ‘Combo-G’ data source channel
  • Scene on SD card is backed up if a scene with the same name is saved to the card

PLEASE NOTE that when upgrading the firmware you must have the cameras connected to the recording unit, as they are included as part of the upgrade. Once upgraded the cameras are not compatible with the previous firmware release (1.2.46). More info on software compatibility on RACELOGIC Support.

The VBOX Video Setup Software (download here) is required to be used in conjunction with the new firmware to ensure compatibility between versions and also to allow for the new features.

VBOX Video App iconThe VBOX Video App – available from the Google Play Store and iTunes – has also been updated and now gives the user the opportunity to save the current scene from the HD2 onto the SD card.

It also has the option for saving diagnostic logs to the SD card should they be required by the Racelogic Support Team.

New app functionality:

  • Opion to pair and unpair Bluetooth devices through the app
  • Shows Bluetooth icon when a paired device is connected
  • Option to save scene to SD card through the app
  • Option to save a diagnostic log to SD card through the app
  • Faster and more stable communication between the app and the VBOX Video HD2

 

Shmee150 at Rockingham

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If you’re a YouTube fan, you’ve probably heard of Shmee150, one of the most popular automotive channel on YouTube. Shmee150 is the personal brand of Tim Burton, a car enthusiast and entrepreneur, who has recently decided to embark on a new adventure in motorsport!

Jon Holman, one of Racelogic’s engineers, joined the Shmee150 team at Rockingham last week during one of their test sessions in preparation for the 2017 Mini Challenge Championship. Jon was on hand to help Shmee improve his lap times and race craft by installing our new VBOX HD2, and then analysing the video and telemetry data to identify where improvements can be made during a lap. Shmee was also joined by Charlie Butler-Henderson, current driver and 2015 champion in the series, who has been coaching Shmee during his motorsport journey, offering advice gained from his experience in the Mini Challenge cars.

Check out the video.

New display modes for VBOX LapTimer

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VBOX LapTimer firmware version 1.13.2288 has been released today. It introduces a range of new features, including additional display modes for live G-force. You can downloaded the firmware here.

VBLT LatG

Lateral G

VBLT LatGBar

Lateral G Bar

VBLT SpeedBar

Speed Bar

VBLT LongG

Longitudinal G

VBLT LongGBar

Longitudinal G Bar

 

Release notes:

  • Live speed display now has a smoothing function (Menu > Display Menu > Speed Settings)
  • New live speed bar for improved accuracy when testing at a dedicated speed range.
  • New live G display including max G (Lat and Long G) added.
  • New live G display bar (Lat and Long) has been added.
  • ComboG LED mode added to the predictive lap timing mode.
  • Predictive Laptiming crash after setting user start/finish lines has been fixed.

The Online User Manual has been updated to explain how these new features and displays work.

A useful trick to gain lap time

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Once you are in the groove, it can be very difficult to work out where you can gain time around a track. You feel you have more or less optimised your braking points and you are hitting your apexes, but you can’t help but feel there be more time to be found?

The answer could lie in how well you are using your tyres, and once you understand the principle, this fact can be easily spotted in amongst the wiggly lines of a data logging trace.

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If you are braking on the limit, you will have no grip left for cornering and vice versa. The trick here is to combine the two, because then you get more out of the tyre.

How is this possible? Well, if you can recall those mechanics maths lessons at school about force vectors, the way you add up forces which act at 90 degrees to each other is to square them, add them up, then take the square root of the result, good old Pythagoras’ Theorem in action.

For example, if your tyre can generate 1G and you are braking at ½ G, you would think that you could only corner at ½ G at the same time. In fact, you would have 0.87G of cornering ability left due to the way forces are combined, so it is vital that you learn to make the most of this phenomenon.

What does this mean for racing? Well, it means that if you can cleverly combine braking and cornering you can extract more grip from the tyre than if you just brake in a straight line and then turn, and this will gain you lap time.

The trick is to study a channel named ‘ComboG’ in professional analysis packages such as Circuit Tools from RACELOGIC. The software does the maths for you by a vector combination of the two forces, and is a great indicator showing you how hard you are working your tyres. During the braking, corner entry and apex phases, this channel should give you a good idea of how much you are optimising your tyre’s potential grip.

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In reality most of us combine these two naturally whilst racing, but how sure are you that you are absolutely getting the maximum out of your tyres at all times?

As you release the brake and start turning into the corner, it is tricky to maximise the tyres during this crucial phase. Most drivers use the maximum grip during constant braking and constant cornering, but very few during the transition.

Have a look at these two traces from the tricky Brooklands corner at Silverstone, you can see the ComboG dropping off briefly during the turning in phase. This could mean that the driver was braking too early, or he wasn’t turning in sharply enough, or most likely a combination of the two. Once you learn to use this powerful channel, you will begin to quickly spot areas where you can gain lap time by working the tyres harder.

New Track Maps available

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New tracks have been added to our track database. You can download the full track library here.

Please make sure that you set up the following new tracks manually until a new version of VBOX Video HD2 setup software (higher than 1.1.121) or Video VBOX setup software (higher than 3.26 b432) has been released. Using auto-map in the scene will cause no map to be shown.

  • Argentina - Circuito de Rosario
  • Brazil - Autodromo Internacional de Cascavel
  • France - Anneau Du Rhin C, Geoparc short, Geoparc long
  • Germany - Estering
  • Russia – Smolensk, Grozny, Sochi
  • South Africa - Dezzi Raceway, Raceway East London
  • South Korea - Inje Speedium
  • Spain - Albacete
  • Sweden - Falkenberg Raceway
  • United Arab Emirates - Dubai Hill
  • United Kingdom – Ingliston, Aintree Sprint, Carver Barracks, Castle Combe Western Sprint, Nutts Corner, Rushmore Arena
  • United States of America - Thunderhill East, LVMS Exotics Racing

Full tack list