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Race Technology Dash 2

I’m looking for a replacement for my Stack dash, preferably with built in data logging. The Race Technology Dash 2 meets all my needs at a good price so has anyone fitted one in a Caterham? It looks like it will be a tight fit and probably the shift lights will be obscured by my 260 mm Momo. Pictures of one fitted would be great. 

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A few racers have, and Roger Ford has one. And yes, I think he has a problem with seeing everything.

I've used Race Technology for 14 years but am getting a bit fed up with them - I might defect to AIM or VBox.

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Have you considered these - 

https://www.etbinstruments.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=171

I use one on the road perfect - great service and support too.

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Thanks Charles, AIM looks great but twice the price :-o I had a DL1 years ago but now use a Racekeeper who have just gone into administration. Dash 2 + GoPro seems ideal for HD video and data. Will contact Roger and see what he has to say. 

Digidash seems much improved but the GPS sampling rate is a bit low and I am looking to overlay data on video. Thanks for the pointer though. 

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The AIM MXM is worth a look. 

You may have been using GoPro generically, but you can use any video source with RT as long as you have a video licence. I build real time dashboards with mine and export to video. 

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I've bitten the bullet and ordered the Dash 2 Pro - they had a very good deal at Autosport International. I know it won't be perfect as the shift lights will likely be hidden behind the steering wheel but it will be better than the current Stack unit and will mean I can record HD video using a GoPro (I've ordered a Hero 7 Black) and overlay the data. I can re-use all the existing sensors which can be calibrated using the set-up software. I'll post some details when it's fitted - might be a while though!

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Interested in hearing how you get on (issues with predictive timing is my main moan!).

No issue with a GoPro but you don't have to use a GoPro, any video source will work - they just label it GoPro as it is the most popular camera!

Here's a sample video from me using the overlay - I paid someone to create the dial graphics :-)

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Since most of my events are sprints and hill-climbs, predictive lap timing not so critical :-). I decided on GoPro as it has GPS built in as well which "should" make the video and data synchronisation a bit easier as it will be based on GPS timestamp - we'll see!

Your video looks good - if mine is close to that quality, I'll be happy.

I'll let you know how I get on and hopefully have some video from my first event (end of April). Thanks for the tips (and to Roger who responded to my by email).

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I don't think RT can sync on GPS time (file time yes, but doesn't help much if you have to join chunks together to make one video). I tend to sync on the start, pretty easy to do as you can see the G trace move and watch the car rise. Only takes a minute....

Looking forward to the video!

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Hey Shaun, I have the Dash2 in my car and you're right the 260mm Momo does partially obscure the shift lights (I'm 5'10 sitting in Tillets for reference) my car has a set of DRE shift lights to fix this.

 

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Thanks for the pictures - it's reassuring to see that it will fit nicely :-) I just wish my car and dashboard looked half as clean and tidy as yours! I've had a set of DRE lights on my car for years so will just carry on using them. 

On Saturday I removed the old Stack dash and started removing the Stack loom. If the mini Sure-Seal connectors I've ordered arrive this week, I'll hopefully trial fit the Dash 2 next weekend.

Shaun