I've used several different systems as I like to tinker (this post is mostly a copy/paste from another post I made on another forum, with the exception of this intro) - I have no affiliation with any of these vendors - these are just my experiences with some links added for convenience.
If you already have a really good camera (GoPro) and you want to provide data, and also use the data for driving improvement, I am liking my current combo of AIM Solo DL + camera, and I use the free Dashware... 2 Comments
As many of you know, 987.1 Caymans came with no front or rear brake caliper/rotor cooling ducts. This can be problematic for cars that spend a lot of time on the track. Cooling of the front calipers and rotors can be handled in a very straight forward manner by using 997 GT3 front cooling ducts. The 997 GT3 front cooling ducts are inexpensive and are a drop-in part for the 987.1.
The rear cooling duct is a little more complicated, but not too much more. Also, although there are other ways... 7 Comments
In Germany, every new Porsche is delivered with a set of Emergency Triangles and a First Aid Kit. Those of us who opted to do a European Delivery were surprised to receive these cool little safety devices at delivery. These are cool little keep sakes that I'd like to hang on to, and as the German TUV knows, it's not a bad idea to have these in your car.
The First Aid kit fits nicely into the storage box in the trunk, but the triangles won't fit there. European cars have a nifty little set... 4 Comments
This article documents my installation of a complete data logging system in my Cayman S. I have chosen the AiM system not only because offers integration of ECU data and GPS data and a full software suit to configure and analyse it, but also coupling with their SmartyCam HD you get full integration of that data into a synchronized video without post production. You can watch your video with already integrated data on your laptop computer directly following an ontrack session. Here are the AiM... 22 Comments
Vehicle: 2006 Cayman S
Why this system? I wanted a valved system with a bit deeper growl, with a richer sound going through the gears and the gurgle when decelerating. I also wanted no/minimal drone during cruising and a good looking, high quality construction and finish. This system allows me to enter/leave the neighborhood without waking everyone as I head off to cars and coffee or the Blue Ridge Mountains, but when switched to the louder mode, sounds very exotic and rewarding,... 3 Comments
This was a DIY I did a couple of years ago. Still holding strong. Shared on the "other" website years ago.
-1 piece of Pink Board Backing. Home Depot $8 to $10 bucks... They can cut it up on site to fit in your car...
-1 yard or so of Black (or your choice) felt fabric... Might cost you $5 bucks a yard.
-Some electrical wire.. Likely have this laying around...
Cut the Pink Board to the shape of the "trunk/frunk area". I used some wrapping paper to lay across the opening of the...
Three years ago at my very first DE, my instructor said he knew I would come back, and I should make improving the safety equipment a priority. Since then, I have gained plenty of seat time, but have been guilty of putting off the safety upgrade. Last November at VIR, I got a cramp in my left leg for bracing against the dead pedal through turn 1. I bought a CG Clamp on site. It helped a lot, but does not appear to be practical for street use. That's when I decided I need 6-point harness,... 5 Comments
Shown on 5 speed 987.1.
I cut a 1 3/4 inch access hole in the plate under the trans axle to easily get to the drain plug. The other thing to note is the 6 speed trans axle gets filled to the bottom of the fill port while the 5 speed transmission requires the level to be diabolically set lower than the fill port by 11 mm. The five speed drain plug requires a special 16 mm triple square anti tamper socket I got from Pelican Parts. The six speed drain plugs are more rational, using 10 mm hex... 11 Comments
At some point during your development as a track driver you will want to find a way to measure your progress and collect data to analyze your driving. Early lap timers sensed a beacon placed along trackside to measure lap time. Sophisticated data systems used a variety of sensors placed on the engine and chassis to gather data.
Today there is a large selection of devices using only GPS to gather lap times and, knowing speed and location, calculate lateral and longitudinal G-Force. ... 10 Comments