December 17, 2014

2014-15 Learn Fast™ Calendar

2014-15 Learn Fast™ Data Seminars

Individual event details to follow. Interested in hosting a seminar? Please email Roger Caddell.

** Updated December 17th, 2014 **

Posted by mjaynes at 03:39 PM

December 16, 2014

New MXS Color Dash Logger

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This new "mini-MXG" called MXS was the most gawked over thing in our booth this year at the Performance Racing Industry show. It's a full color dash in size package similar to our MXL2. The MXS sacrifices nothing in power or features to the bigger MXG. The expected retail is $2299, and it'll be shipping early March 2015, before the race season starts. Click the image above or here to download the preliminary spec sheet.

Posted by mjaynes at 07:54 PM

October 02, 2014

Off-Season Learn Fast™ in NJ

Driving Impressions


Saturday - Practical


Sunday - Advanced

Posted by mjaynes at 03:26 PM

August 08, 2014

Twin Engine, Twin MXL, Mini Cooper

Twin MXL's

Posted by mjaynes at 03:08 PM

July 28, 2014

Race Studio 2.54.02

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This RaceStudio2 update contains a handful of Analysis bug fixes, along with expanded and updated ECU drivers. As always however, it is suggested that you keep your installation up to date.

Downloads:
RaceStudio2 v2.54.02
Full Release Notes

Posted by mjaynes at 04:29 PM

June 12, 2014

AAF Solo Roll Bar Mount

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Stumbled across another roll bar mount for the Solo today. It's made by Advanced Auto Fabrication and is available online through Hard Motorsport for $29.99

Posted by mjaynes at 04:57 PM

June 02, 2014

This is MyChron Mike, MX

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After taking a few decades off, MyChron Mike McKnight made his return to MX racing this past weekend in New Berlin, NY at Unadilla Motocross Park. Pictured here aboard his AiM Sports SmartyCamHD sponsored Maico 440 Magnum.

Posted by mjaynes at 04:03 PM

May 07, 2014

Does it connect to *my* ECU?

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"Does it connect to my ECU?" is a common question we get. We support over 500 engine control units (ECU), so the answer is most commonly, "yes!".

"Yes!" is the short answer but there is often a longer and better answer. In regards to OEM ECU's, an easy connection is a connection at the diagnostic port of the vehicle, or OBD2 port. That's where the longer answer comes in. There are considerations to be taken when considering the quantity and quality of the data. The OBD2 port is tough to beat for convenience, and in many cases can yield some of the best data - but there's more to that story.

The OBD2 port was designed exactly for that, on-board-diagnostics. The OBD2 software protocol requires that you send a message to the ECU requesting a value for a specific parameter, and it will return the answer. For diagnostics scan tools, great! But what if you have a lot of "questions"? And what if you want the info fast and often? The OBD2 protocol was not designed for this, it's a lot of "chatter", it's slow, and is not the best solution. But there is a silver lining to this dark OBD2-cloud. In many cases it is possible to access the vehicles proprietary CAN bus (Controller Area Network) via the OBD2 port, where data flies around at high speed to be shared with multiple devices on the vehicle in real time.

So the vehicles' CAN bus is the optimum solution. It will provide the most data at the highest possible speeds from the ECU and other devices connected to the CAN bus, like ABS systems for example. The CAN protocol is an elegant and robust protocol designed (by Bosch) to share information between vehicle control systems. This CAN information moves around on only two wires and is nearly impervious to interference.

So how do you get this CAN bus connection? This is where our industry leading ECU support comes in - don't settle for OBD2 communication unless you have to. As stated, sometimes it's available at the OBD2 port, other times there are places to tap in to the vehicles CAN bus directly. Here's a handy reference to see what's available for your car and where:

ECU Connect

Download this handy reference guide here.

Our Italian partners also maintain a great resource of manuals for connecting to OEM specific ECU's that can be found here. They also maintain documentation for connecting to all the aftermarket and racing ECU's that we support.

Posted by mjaynes at 03:31 PM

May 02, 2014

Solo DL: Yamaha R1 & R6 Kits

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Rounding out the currently available PNP kits for sport bikes is our most complete offering, kits for the Yamaha R1 and R6. Here again, the Solo DL installs in minutes utilizing the OEM connections and the provided Yamaha mounting bracket. The kit is made up of two pieces:

1) The Yamaha mounting bracket:

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2) And one of the following ECU connection cables:

You can download the installation guide, including referencing part numbers, here. These kits are available now and retail for $77.

Posted by mjaynes at 12:30 PM

April 28, 2014

Solo DL: Ducati PNP Kit

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We offer a great Solo DL plug and play kit for your Ducati 848, 1098, and 1198. The Solo DL installs in minutes utilizing the OEM connections and the provided Ducati mounting bracket. The kit is made up of two pieces:

The ECU Cable and the Ducati mounting bracket:

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You can download the installation guide here. The kit is available now and retails for $75, part number V02569170CS.

Posted by mjaynes at 09:33 PM

April 18, 2014

Abarth 695 Biposto | MXL2

The Abarth 695 Biposto is one of the first production race cars to feature the MXL2. The fit and finish of this Italian two-seater, or "biposto", is something to admire. Enjoy this small gallery:

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Visit abarth695biposto.com to learn more.

Posted by mjaynes at 02:54 PM

April 15, 2014

SmartyCam HD Update

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SmartyCam HD firmware and software update, get them now!


New graphic overlays inspired by the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mazda RX-8, Porsche, and Boss Ford Mustang.

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Improved Live View video stream for adjusting the aim of your SmartyCam.

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Live Measures function.

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New Spot Metering function with shape to really nail that exposure!

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Or visit the software page to download these updates and the release notes. SmartyCam firmware update instructions are here in PDF.

Posted by mjaynes at 01:32 PM

April 09, 2014

Learn Fast™ in Jersey

Driving Impressions

Auto Racing Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 12:34 PM

April 08, 2014

Canadian Superbike Data

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Andrew Trevitt details 'Using Data Acquisition in the Canadian Superbike Series' with the Jodi Christie / Honda Canada / Accelerated Technologies team in this issue of Inside Motorcycles.

The article, in PDF, can be read here.

Posted by mjaynes at 05:47 PM

January 06, 2014

VŪHL 05

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"VŪHL 05 is a road-legal lightweight supercar that has been precision engineered for the track and endowed with exhilarating performance"

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..and engineered for the track, can only mean our best-selling MXL data logging dash.

Visit www.vuhl05.com for all the details.

Posted by mjaynes at 02:11 PM

September 11, 2013

Firmware Update | SmartyCam HD Support

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These official new firmware updates add SmartyCam HD support to the MXL, Solo, EVO4, ECU Bridge, and MyChron4. In addition to SmartyCam HD support, it addresses an intermittent GPS speed bug, and adds a new min/max/rpm-drop view to the G-Dash.

You can download the new firmware for MXL, Solo, EVO4, and ECU Bridge with this direct link.

The new firmware for the MyChron4 can be downloaded directly here.

Release notes and both links can also be found on our software page.

Posted by mjaynes at 05:39 PM

August 19, 2013

Data for the Win!

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Canadian Superbike racer, Jodi Christie, scores his first ever Superbike win at Atlantic Motorsport Park, edging out 8x champ, Jordan Szoke. Andrew Trevitt details how data was used to continually improve the setup that allowed Christie to put bring his CBR1000RR across the line first. Click through to read Trevitt's Blog: Data From Atlantic Motorsport Park.

Posted by mjaynes at 03:15 PM

August 14, 2013

NASA Championships Contingency Posted

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We are again offering up contingency prizes in every class of the 2013 NASA Championships coming up in just a few weeks at Miller Motorsports Park. We will of course be there to provide trackside support for this big event.

Chad Presents Solo to 2012 Winner

Head over the the NASA Championships website now to sign up for AiM Sports and other contingency prizes. The event starts on September 5th and wraps up on the 8th.

Posted by mjaynes at 07:43 PM

August 06, 2013

Firmware Update & SmartyCam HD

AiM SmartyCam HD

This new firmware update adds SmartyCam HD support to the MXL, Solo, EVO4, and ECU Bridge. In addition to SmartyCam HD support, it addresses an intermittent GPS speed bug, and adds a new min/max/rpm-drop view to the G-Dash.

SmartyCam HD is slated for release on August 27th.

You can download the new firmware with this direct link. Release notes are forthcoming.

Posted by mjaynes at 03:57 PM

July 25, 2013

2013 SCCA Runoffs Contingency

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We are again a proud contingency sponsor of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, and will again provide trackside support at the event. Complete your contingency registration now.

Posted by mjaynes at 04:11 PM

July 24, 2013

AiM GT Steering Wheel

AiM GT Steereing Wheel

New AiM GT Steering wheel available to connect to your EVO4 data logger, or non-logging ECU bridge. Available in two sizes and with a few industry standard mounting options. Also available are optional electronic paddle shifters. Download a PDF with more info here.

AiM GT Wheel Size Comparison & Paddle Shifters

Posted by mjaynes at 07:29 PM

July 15, 2013

Godspeed, Wild Bill

Bill Warner

It is with disbelief and terrible grief that we share the passing of long time customer and friend of AiM Sports, "Wild" Bill Warner. Bill's attempt at another world land speed record on Sunday proved to be Bill's last ride. WMTV has the story here.

It was just two years ago this month that we were sharing Bill's 311 MPH record breaking ride, shattering his own record.

Godspeed, Wild Bill.

Wild Bros. Racing

Posted by mjaynes at 04:23 PM

June 17, 2013

Race Studio, The 2.50 Series

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With the June 17th release of Race Studio 2.52.00, we again expand and update our already huge library of OEM and aftermarket ECU support drivers. When it comes to ECU support, we simply have no equal. Here, in just the recent 2.50 series of software releases, are the ECU's added and updated:

When you add these to the several hundred ECU's already supported, you're very likely find an ECU connection for your application. Our Italian partners maintain a comprehensive connection guide with details for most every connection, you'll find it here.

Direct download link to Race Studio 2.52.00 and release notes.

Posted by mjaynes at 04:35 PM

March 11, 2013

Learn Fast™ Trackside @ Monticello Motor Club | April 7th, 2013

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** CANCELED **

Trackside Automotive Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 11:27 AM

February 14, 2013

Learn Fast™ in Philly, March 9th

VAC Motorsports

Advanced Automotive Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 03:54 PM

February 05, 2013

Learn Fast™ Keyboard Shortcuts

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Our Learn Fast™ instructor, Roger Caddell, has put together a cheat-sheet of Race Studio 2 keyboard shortcuts. You can download the PDF here.

File updated February 27th, 2013 with a minor correction.

Posted by mjaynes at 02:52 PM

February 04, 2013

Learn Fast™ in New Hampshire | March 2nd & 3rd

DriversEducation

Automotive Data Seminar - Solo Autocross Basic

Advanced Automotive Data Seminar - Auto Advanced

Posted by mjaynes at 07:23 PM

February 01, 2013

Solo - "… an ingenious little data-capturing device"

SportsCar Magazine | Get A Grip | March 2013

SportsCar Magazine hit the Streets of Willow for a six-tire shootout aboard a 2013 Scion FR-S. On-board, connected to FR-S ECU, locked onto the overhead satellites, and gathering all the tire test data was our Solo DL. SCCA members can read the complete article in your March 2013 edition of SportsCar or preview the article in digital form here.

SportsCar had this to say about the Solo DL. "The AiM Sports Solo DL is an ingenious little data-capturing device. Able to run off its own internal power, or off your car's 12-volt system, it's perfect for any application. AiM also has protocols for more than 300 different ECUs, making it possible to tap into everything from an OE unit to a race-specific standalone unit for more data. When paired with the SmartyCam video camera, you probably have every piece of information you will likely ever need."

Posted by mjaynes at 08:41 PM

January 30, 2013

Learn Fast™ Karting Data Seminar in Big D

Dallas Karting Complex

Karting Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 03:36 PM

Learn Fast™ in Toronto

CTCC BMW

** SOLD OUT **

Automotive Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 03:36 PM

January 29, 2013

Learn Fast™ @ Franklin Motorsports in New Berlin, WI

Franklin Motorsports

Karting Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 02:54 PM

Data Seminar @ PittRace on February 9th

MRP Speed Schools - Data Seminar

Kart Racing Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 02:54 PM

Updated Learn Fast™ Calendar

Six new seminar dates added and one moved, the complete calendar with updates is here.

Posted by mjaynes at 02:53 PM

December 20, 2012

Learn Fast™ at Kart-O-Rama | January 19th, 2012

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** SOLD OUT **

Karting Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 08:00 PM

Software and Firmware Updates

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Before heading for our Christmas holiday, here are three software updates and one firmware:

Race Studio 2.47.04 (release history)

GPS Manager 2.02.02 (release history

SmartyManager 1.08.02 (release history)

MyChron4 firmware 31.59.04 (release history)

Download 'em now.

Posted by mjaynes at 07:56 PM

December 06, 2012

Solo Review in Sport Rider Magazine

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The December 2012 issue of Sport Rider Magazine features a review of our Solo lap timer and data logging system. Pick up the current issue on the newsstand, or head over to www.sportrider.com and read the article here.

Sport Rider has made the Solo their data tool of choice for testing. Wait 'til they find out that the Solo DL would give them 21 more channels of data from late model Gixxers, with more manufacture support to follow.

Posted by mjaynes at 03:10 PM

December 04, 2012

Learn Fast™ in Philly, January 5th

VAC Motorsports

Auto Racing Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 05:56 PM

November 21, 2012

Porsche Club of America | Northlander

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The April 2012 Northlander, the official publication of the PCA's North Country Region, features an article on the Learn Fast™ data seminar presented by Roger Caddell of AiM Sports in March of this year. Porsche of Stratham was the kind host of this event.

You can download and read the article here, or download the complete Northlander issue here.

Posted by mjaynes at 06:16 PM

November 06, 2012

GSX-R Plug & Play for Solo DL and EVO4

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Added to our industry leading list of ECU connection list are plug and play connections for the Suzuki GSX-R600 or GSX-R750 (2006+), the GSX-R1000 (2005+), and the GSX-R1300 Hayabusa (2008+). Also new are the dedicated cables made to plug into stock connections.

Connect a Solo DL or EVO4 to your bike (or bike engine) and let the data flow.

Couple that list of 21 data channels with all that the GPS of the Solo DL provides, and at $699, it's a no-brainer. Or step up to the EVO4 when you need more inputs, like brake pressures, or suspension measured as high as 1000 times per second (1000 Hz).

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Download the AiM Infotech document here, see just how easy it is.

Posted by mjaynes at 05:31 PM

October 26, 2012

Mr. & Mrs. MyChron Mike

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It is with an indescribable amount of joy that we congratulate our very own MyChron Mike on his marriage today - and to the wonderful woman he is marrying.

With love,
the rest of the team at AiM Sports

Posted by mjaynes at 07:48 PM

October 16, 2012

2012-13 Learn Fast™ Calendar

2012-13 Learn Fast™ Data Seminars

Individual event details to follow. Interested in hosting a seminar? Please email Roger Caddell.

** Added or modified on January 29th, 2013

Posted by mjaynes at 07:31 PM

August 30, 2012

Software Updates

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Our Italian partners, returning from their holiday called "August", immediately offer up three software updates:

Race Studio 2.47.02 (release history)

GPS Manager 2.02.02 (release history

SmartyManager 1.08.02 (release history)

Download 'em now.

Posted by mjaynes at 06:59 PM

July 19, 2012

Kansas Jayhawks #1 in FSAE

A huge congratulations to the 2012 University of Kansas Formula SAE team for brining home the win. The Jayhawk Motorsport team took 1st place overall, 1st in the endurance event, 2nd place in design, 2nd in autocross, and 3rd in the sales presentation.

The team gathered engine and vehicle dynamics data with our EVO4 data logger - and obviously did a bang up job of interpreting the data. Great job guys, and gals!

KU Champs!

Jayhawk Motorsports Team

Jayhawk FSAE Car

Posted by mjaynes at 07:40 PM

July 17, 2012

SmartyCam Kart Crash Vid

Both driver and SmartyCam walked away. The SmartyCam lost some skin. (Note the SmartyCam's ability to auto-orientate the video.)

Posted by mjaynes at 03:50 PM

January 17, 2012

Learn Fast™ in So Cal, Feb 19

Empire Karts

Kart Racing Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 11:01 PM

Learn Fast™ in Motor City, Feb. 11

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Auto Racing Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 10:50 PM

Learn Fast™ in Philly, Feb. 4

VAC Motorsports

Auto Racing Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 10:42 PM

Learn Fast™ Data Seminars

Racing Data Seminars

More details to follow.

Posted by mjaynes at 07:40 PM

August 22, 2011

Chicago Data Seminar - Oct. 1st

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Automotive Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 04:17 PM

Montreal Data Seminar - Aug. 27th

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Automotive Data Seminar

Posted by mjaynes at 04:07 PM

July 19, 2011

Wild Bill, 311 MPH on Two Wheels

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Bill Warner of Wild Brothers Racing set another world record over the weekend with a 311.95 MPH pass - on a bike!! Blowing away his previous world record, set last year, of 273.36 MPH. Click here to read the story and see a video!

Recording the data and giving Bill his bike's vitals was an MXL digital dash logger from AiM, and capturing on-board video was a SmartyCam.

Congratulations Bill!!

Posted by mjaynes at 08:16 PM

July 07, 2011

MXL, an Icon

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The MXL, an icon in performance data logging instrumentation, was recognized as such by eBay Motors in their 'It's Race Time' ad.

Posted by mjaynes at 07:44 PM

June 28, 2011

Kart Data Seminar in Calgary, AB

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Overdrive Motorsports will be hosting a Practical Karting Data Acquisition seminar at the Cardel Theater in Calgary, Alberta on Saturday August 6th, 2011. It'll run from 10am until 4pm with a provided lunch at noon. Roger Caddell from AiM Sports will be presenting the seminar.

Space is limited. There is a $25 fee which is refundable with a purchase within 30 days. For more information and to sign up, please contact Joey Guyon via email or call 403-270-0160.

www.odkarts.com

Posted by mjaynes at 09:27 PM

ae Performace Lap Record

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The BMW M3 from ae Performance laid down a 1:47.245 at Auto Club Speedway to set a RTA Street Tire RWD record. A new demo Solo, data logging GPS lap timer, and SmartyCam were onboard to capture it. The YouTube video can be seen here.

Posted by mjaynes at 09:10 PM

June 27, 2011

Karting World Record Attempt

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To benefit the national Tourette Syndrome Association - friend and former AiM support engineer, Trey Shannon, will attempt to break the individual world distance record for 24 hours in a go kart. Trey's attempt will take place on October 25th, 2011 at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana.

To help support this charity event and organization, visit www.kart25hour.org.

Posted by mjaynes at 05:50 PM

June 24, 2011

Kart Data Seminar in Dallas, TX

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Roger Caddell of AiM Sports will be presenting another Practical Karting Data Acquisition seminar at the Dallas Karting Complex on Saturday July 16th, 2011. It'll run from 9am until 3pm with a lunch at noon.

Space is limited. For more information and to sign up, please contact Mike Jones via email or call (903) 527-KART (5278).

www.dallaskartingcomplex.com

Posted by mjaynes at 05:14 PM

Houston, We Have a Seminar

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Auto racers know that data is an integral part of any winning program, but it can be a challenge to quickly and effectively decipher what it all means. Roger Caddell, of AiM Sports will teach you how to build practical analysis strategies for improving driver performance and car setup. The seminar will be held on Sunday, July 10th, 2011, from 9am until 3pm at MSR Houston. The seminar is free to members and $25 to non-members. Lunch and beverages will be provided. Bring your note pad, your laptop, and your questions.

Space is limited. For more information and to sign up, please contact Sydney via email or call (281) 369-0677.

www.msrhouston.com

Posted by mjaynes at 04:18 PM

May 23, 2011

Race Studio 2.44 Released

Only six weeks after the last update comes another host of improvements to Race Studio 2. The new Race Studio 2.44.00 is available now. Again we grow our industry leading ECU support in this version, along with substantial software speed improvements, improvements to profile management, and a more robust USB driver installation. Full release notes can be downloaded as a PDF here.

The new Race Studio 2.44.00 can be downloaded here.

Posted by mjaynes at 05:07 PM

April 07, 2011

Race Studio 2, Now with Vertical Zooming

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It's been five months since the last Race Studio 2 release, and now with several substantial improvements, Race Studio 2.42.06 is available. In addition to adding to our already industry leading list of ECU support, RS2 Analysis adds several new manipulations of graph views, most notably is vertical scrolling. Please see the video tutorial, or right-click to download. Full release notes can be downloaded as a PDF here.

The new Race Studio 2.42.06 can be downloaded here.

Posted by mjaynes at 12:55 AM

April 06, 2011

MXL Firmware v14.86.52

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This update, in addition to new MXL and expansion module firmware updates, introduces a new firmware update platform that will include all automotive and motorcycle products. MXL firmware update v14.86.52 offers the following improvements:

You can download the new MXL firmware, and full revision notes here.

Posted by mjaynes at 06:44 PM

January 17, 2011

Kart Show Update

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After a somewhat slow start to the Kart Show in Concor NC on Friday the crowd on Saturday was huge. Tons of people, racing action and a kart giveaway to benefit the fight for Autism highlighted the days activities. As always it was a great time to see many of our customers and dealers. Thanks to Allen Redman and his staff for all the har work in getting the show put together.

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 10:21 AM

January 12, 2011

The Kart Show

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AiM Sports will be attending the 2nd annual Kart Show in Concord North Carolina this weekend. The Kart Show kicks off Friday morning for 2 full days of everything new in 4cycle karting along with intense racing action Friday and Saturday night. Also featured will be the largest ever "indoor" pyrotechnic display and live music featuring some of Nashville's young and upcoming stars.

Come on by the Cabarrus Arena in Concord this weekend to catch all the action!

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 01:07 PM

November 01, 2010

SmartyCam Contingency: 2010 SKUSA SuperNats


AiM Sports has teamed up with SKUSA to giveaway SmartyCam video systems in each participating class at this year's SuperNationals event in Las Vegas...

CLICK HERE for more information

Attention: SKUSA SuperNationals Drivers

Download and print the AiM Sports 2010 SKUSA SuperNationals SmartyCam Contingency Program registration form here...
Contingency Form
Contingency Information Sheet

Posted by joshua at 08:16 PM

April 20, 2010

Light Analyzer and Windows 7

Currently our Light Analyzer software for the TG Lap Timers is not compatible with the Windows 7 64bit operating system. If youre considering a purchase of the USB download kit be sure to verify your operating system prior to purchase.

Check back for updates,

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 07:23 AM

May 19, 2009

Windows Vista 64Bit

[Update July 1, 2009] Race Studio v2.30.19 beta now offers Windows Vista 64-bit driver support.

Currently RaceStudio2 is NOT compatible with the Vista 64Bit operating system. There is ongoing development but no definite timeline has been established for its availability.

Updated information will appear here or at www.aimsports.com

MyChronMike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 10:33 AM

March 03, 2009

Using Kart Data

Kart Intelligence Web

Kart Intelligence, a nicely put together website from Terence Dove in the UK, has some great resources for analyzing kart data. Kart Intelligence delivers well on the on the tag-line of "Using Kart Data Acquisition to explode driver and kart performance."

It's well worth your while to head over and check it out. www.kartintelligence.com

Posted by mjaynes at 04:14 PM

October 03, 2008

Mitsubishi EVO X

With today's release of Race Studio 2.30.09, the ECU connection was added for the Mitsubishi EVO X, a much anticipated protocol.

Now with a simple two wire connection, a nice set of 15 channels are available from the car's high speed CAN data bus.

Documentation is forthcoming, for those anxious to get started, you can tap in to the high-speed CAN-bus at the connector to the left of the clutch pedal, which connects through the differential control unit (see photo below). This protocol will work with the AiM MXL, MyChron3 XG Log, MyChron3 Visor, the EVO3 Pista and Pro, and the soon to be released AiM EVO4.

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Posted by mjaynes at 11:16 PM | Comments (3)

July 28, 2008

Vista 64-bit Workaround

Getting AiM, and many other companies, USB drivers to install on the 64-bit version of Windows Vista seemed about impossible. However, AiM Sports technician, Scott Jessup found a workaround.

Scott writes...

A built in feature of Windows Vista 64-bit operating systems is to automatically disable the installations of all device drivers that are not digitally signed. Unlike Windows XP, there is no way to disable this ban from within the OS. This has posed a problem for us attempting to install the AiM USB drivers.

The typical error message that will tip you off to this situation is that Windows has found the correct driver, however, it is not digitally signed, and therefore will not be installed. (Note: I’ve personally run into this issue many times, but not once has the customer read back to me the error message verbatim, therefore, I went down many incorrect paths attempting to install the driver...all of which failed miserably.)

After searching the internet for a possible workaround, it appears that many owners of Win Vista 64 were extremely upset with this “protection”. The results were a myriad of hacks to disable the Digitally signed device driver ban. I was slightly apprehensive about hacking into the customer’s registry unless I knew what the ramifications were. The last thing I wanted to do was create more problems after getting our driver installed.

As it turns out, Microsoft actually listened to their customers and made for a “one time per use” disable option in the Boot Menu. This selection can be accessed by repeatedly typing “F8” while the computer is booting up. (I found that hitting it about once a second was enough to access the Safe Boot menu.)

Once the safe boot menu appears, you will find a selection that temporarily disables the Digitally Signed driver protection. (The next time the PC is booted, the protection will be enabled again automatically.) Select this and then continue with the boot. Once fully booted, now continue with the driver installation as normal.

Note: The following issue proceeded once I had disabled the protection. I’m not sure if it was due to my many unsuccessful prior attempts to install the driver or if it is standard procedure. Once I attempted to install the driver, everything proceeded as normal until an error message popped up stating that Windows could not find “AIM_USBdrv10_01.sys”. The destination for this file is C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers. So, I copied this file into this location and reattempted the driver installation. This time the driver installed 100% without a hitch and continued to work flawlessly throughout the remainder of the week while I was there.

Posted by mjaynes at 05:39 PM

July 15, 2008

Video - Caparo T1, MyChron3

The Caparo T1, developed by the engineers that delivered the McLaren F1. The Caparo T1 does 0-60 in only 2.5 seconds, and is able to sustain g-loads in excess of 3g's in every direction.

CAR Magazine writes "...a power-to-weight ratio double the Bugati Veyron's. And so much downforce, you will be able to drive it upside down in a tunnel at 150 MPH."

This Caparo T1 track-day and road car two-seater features a MyChron3 dash and data logger standard.

Posted by mjaynes at 03:00 PM

March 18, 2008

Seminar, Seminar & Seminar

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Victory Lane Data has three upcoming seminars;

March 22nd, 2008 - Karting Data Seminar
at Beaver Run Motorsports Complex in PA hosted by Turn1 ProSports.

April 5th, 2008 - General Data Seminar
at Hale Motorsports in Old Saybrook, CT.

April 19th, 2008 - General Data Seminar
at a pending location in the Los Angeles, CA area.

For more information and to sign up, visit Victory Lane Data

Posted by mjaynes at 08:46 PM

February 08, 2008

Big Bang Theory?

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Chad and Trey have been in Milan all week long for training on all the new products coming in the near future. Last night it was time for some much needed fun and the guys went to one of Milans premier indoor karting facilities for some racing action. From the picture above it appears that Trey, being an Oval racer at heart forgot that in Italy they race on Road courses and went the wrong way at the first turn. Hence his new nickname "Wrong Way Trey" From what I know about Italian drivers he more than likely had a lot of help getting in that position in the first turn! No matter what happened and of course there are always two sides they had a blast with many of their new found friends and have learned so much during their trip.

We all look forward to having them back next week.

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 09:36 AM

December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

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All of us at AiM wish you and your families a very Happy and healthy New Year!

Our office is closed today and tomorrow so that our families may enjoy some time together at home. We will reopen January 2nd.


MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 01:59 PM

December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

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From all of us, to all of you!

Posted by MyChron Mike at 11:56 AM

December 12, 2007

Rookie of the Year

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PAULIE HARRAKA WINS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AND FINISHES SECOND IN NASCAR TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS.

Multi-time WKA National Champion and Stars of Karting winner Paulie Harraka has just completed his first full season of Late Model racing for Bill McAnally Racing through Richard Childress Racing. Harraka, who raced in the premier Western Late Model Division at the NASCAR sanctioned All American Speedway finished up the season with 2 wins, 7 second place finishes, 11 top 5's and 14 top 10's during the 17 race season. He capped off his incredible season by capturing the Rookie of the Year award by 72 points over his nearest competitor, and by finishing in second place in the season long NASCAR points battle. Harraka was in contention for the NASCAR Track Championship right up until the last 2 races of the season.

Paulie used an AiM MXL Pista with GPS to help him and his crew chief make decisions on chassis set up which obviously helped.

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 08:00 AM

October 22, 2007

Seminars in Chicago

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Precision AutoResearch will be holding level 1 and level 2 data acquisition seminars early next month in the Chicago area.

Level 1 is titled Introduction to Data Acquisition and is aimed at those new to data acquisition and for those who are considering the benefits of a data acquisition system. The course is designed to get attendees up and running quickly. The course covers an overview of data acquisition and its benefits, installation, organizing data and fitting it into your race day, and will offer a basic introduction to data review and analysis.

Level 2 is titled Data Analysis Techniques and Tricks and is targeted for those looking to take the next step in data analysis. The level 2 course will help in establishing a data analysis strategy, prioritizing and grouping of data, building and using math channel calculations, and comparing multiple laps and tests. The session will also dive into the unique functions of Race Studio 2 as well as cover special sensors and their use. Also covered is analyzing data with video with the AiM DaVid system, and a complete section on using PAR's proprietary RaceDataPower software.

It's noted that while the seminar will use AiM data acquisition systems and software, the seminars are open to users of all systems, and all will benefit.

If you are in, around, or can make it to, the Chicago area on the dates below, it will be well worth your while.

Level 1 offered Saturdays November 3rd, and 10th.

Level 2 offered Sundays November 4th, and 11th.

Download the flyer here.

Posted by mjaynes at 11:36 AM

October 12, 2007

Updates; MXL, RS2, XG Log

Updates are now available for the MXL, the MyChron3 XG Log, and a new Race Studio 2 version, taking it to v2.22.03

Download Page

Posted by mjaynes at 08:33 PM

September 19, 2007

Naked 200 MPH Club

Scott McLeod is the new top speed record holder and newest member of the Bonneville "Naked" 200 mph club.

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The record of 215.051 mph averaged speed, was set on Scott's Suzuki Hayabusa in the (M-BG 1350cc) class. The "naked" class name comes from the lack of any fairings in front of the rider or any sort of streamlining - no protection from the wind. Scott gained entry into the coveted Bonneville naked 200 mph club as member number 19, the 19th person in the history of Bonneville land speed racing to break a record over 200 mph on a motorcycle with no fairings.

Read More of Scott's story and how he used his MXL to break records...

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As told by Scott:

[I'm a] Local contractor from Seattle whose just gotten into drag racing and land speed racing.

Bought a 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa to turbo charge for my new street bike

Met the local drag strip champion in 2006 and was talked into bringing my bike to the drag strip to see what it could do. After my first pass I was totally hooked. Wide open throttle with no cross traffic to worry about was so cool. After a few passes at the local drag strips I was required to get my NHRA drag racing license before I could go any quicker.

After racing on the weekends for two months, my No. 3 cylinder leaned out and melted under 10 pounds a boost. There was a lot of speculation of what might have caused it but nothing was ever conclusive. Not knowing why the engine failed drove me nuts. At this point, since I was running the engine hard, I decided it was time to buy a data logger. I rebuilt the engine with heavy duty parts and installed a data logger that recorded air fuel ratio, boost levels and RPM. This allowed me to do some minor tuning and keep the air fuel ratio safe. It grabbed its info from the bikes secondary fuel controller. The logger was adequate for basic performance but I soon realized at the beginning of the 2007 drag racing season I needed more information than it could supply. I was winning races, but I was still struggling to get the bike to make consistent passes. This year I was also planning on taking the bike to the Bonneville salt flats to see how fast I could go.

I contacted most of the major data logger manufacturers and inquired about their sampling rates and the number of channels their models offered. After searching for a few months I narrowed down my choices to the AiM Sports data loggers and accessories. The AiM Sports MXL / EVO series of data logger's was the best bang for the buck out there for my applications. Both units would handle all the new sensors I wanted to install and had enough memory to record a week's worth of racing. The only dilemma I was having now was, should I buy the EVO or the MXL PRO? The EVO was a small black box recorder that would let me keep my stock gauge cluster. The the MXL pro is a cool LCD display that can be programmed to show any of its installed sensors I want to monitor. I made cutouts of all the external gauges I wanted to monitor while using my stock instrument panel and taped them around the stock gauge cluster. As it turns out I didn't have enough room for all the extra gauges. The MXL pro is now the clear choice. I ordered and installed the MXL pro and sensors a week before I departed for speed week 2007 at the Bonneville salt flats. After I made my rookie runs I turned up the power to see what the bike could do. At mile 3 the rear wheel sensor said I was doing 269 mph and the GPS showed only 205 mph. Managing traction is the key to going fast for a motorcycle on the salt flats. As I analyzed my wheel spin, the next a few passes got progressively faster. At speeds over 200 mph the wind shear on my unfaired bike was so strong that it ripped off the air filter that clamps to the intake of the turbocharger three times. By Thursday I had upped the current record to 215.051 mph and was indoctrinated into the prestigious Bonneville 200 mph club. I had just accomplished a lifelong dream. In my opinion the MXL pro just paid for itself. During my runs I found out that the No. 1 and No. 3 cylinder's start to lean out after 20 pounds of boost even though my air fuel mixture looks fine. This will help me re-tune for next year's speed week where I will run with the fairings on.

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As told by Scott Guthrie from Landracing.com:
SCOTT HORNER and SCOTT Mc LEOD announced early at Speed Week 2007 that there was going to be a real battle in “naked” class M/BG-1350. Both men were running fast against a record set in 2003 with bike now owned by Member Scott Guthrie. On Monday, Scott Horner showed 206.419 MPH in the first mile, while Mc Leod ran 205.726 in the final mile. Mc Leod’s 207.527 MPH exit speed demonstrated that he still had “something left.” The early week speeds promised much faster times later in the week, if both men did their jobs, and the bikes held together.

In the next morning’s runs, Horner couldn’t hold his bike on course in the high winds, and Mc Leod’s name doesn’t appear in the results for a record return attempt.

(Somewhere in here, Mc Leod suffered a “paperwork malfunction,” and his over 200 MPH record was disallowed by the SCTA / BNI.)

Horner was still safe for the moment.

Horner then grabbed the record first, on Wednesday, at 209.793 MPH. Horner received the coveted “Red Hat” from the Bonneville 200 MPH Club, and was introduced to the hundreds of people attending the 200 Club banquet that evening.

Mc Leod wasn’t done yet.

On Thursday, with time running out for the week that started on Saturday, Mc Leod responded with an exit speed of 219.057 MPH, and snagged the record from Horner by about 6 MPH, setting Horner’s 209.793 MPH mark up to 215.051 MPH.

That took Horner’s name out of the record book after only 24 hours.

Horner wasn’t out of options either, and changed classes to challenge a record set in the 2006 Speed Week by Club Member Scott Guthrie, in class M / BF-1350. Horner upped Guthrie’s record to 205.589 MPH to regain a place in the record book on the last day of the meet.

Mc Leod had recorded a 200.451 MPH “naked” at El Mirage the month before. Not enough for Club membership against a record of 202.107 MPH, but still plenty fast.

Think next year is going to be fun?

Posted by mjaynes at 01:21 AM

September 18, 2007

MX-5 CUP

I would like to congratulate all the series competitiors as well as MX5-Cup Champion Jason Saini on a fantastic season which ended last weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. The 8 race series saw 51 different drivers compete throughout the year at venues in both the United States and Canada in identically prepared Mazda MX5 cars.

Check back for info on the 2008 series schedule later this year.

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 09:21 AM

September 17, 2007

Whew!

I know that I have seriously neglected my blog in the past month, actually I have done nothing with regards to my blog in the past month. Well there have been many wonderful things happening in my life and I havent had a moment to spare lately, all is settled down now and I look forward to getting back into my somewhat routine and being able to share exciting news and information here with everyone.


MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 03:54 PM

August 16, 2007

Kyle Mitchell - National Champion!

Congratulations Kyle Mitchell!

2007 Western Division National Champion

Kylemitchell 11 year old Kyle Mitchell and family, like nearly 1000 other jr. drag racers, headed to Bandimere Speedway in Colorado last month with dreams of winning a National Championship and a coveted Wally trophy at the 2007 Western Division Conference Finals. A week long event that requires perfection on the part of both the driver and the crew chief.

In preparation for this years Conference Finals, a MyChron3 660 was added to Kyle's car, and Kyle and crew chief (Dad) made the best use of it. Kyle's dad writes:

"We would like to thank you for the best tach on the market. We put a Mychron 660 on our car three weeks before Western Conference Finals. With new information Kyle was able to take top spot in the 11 year-old class. We believe our MyChron 660 enabled us to move to the next level and win a National Championship. Thank you, and we tell everyone this is a must have."

Well, thanks to both of you! We too think the MyChron3 660 is the best jr drag racing data logger available, but it's your hard work and preperation that made Kyle a National Champion.

Mitchells

Posted by mjaynes at 08:30 PM

August 03, 2007

Race Studio 2 Update +Vista

Race Studio 2.21.31 is now available for download. This version adds management for a new EVO3 Pista data logger. It adds still more ECU support for:

• Ford Focus PZEV 2003-4
• Ford Focus 2005-07
• Electromotive TECgt (beta testing only)
• Lotus Elise/Exige
• Ductati 1098

It also improves the ECU protocols for the Hondata K-Pro, Ducati Energia, and the Ford Mustang 05-07. Also to avoid some issues under Race Studio Analysis, some special characters cannot be used in "Channel name" field. These keys will be replaced by an " _ " (underscore).

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Also available today is Race Studio Version 2.22.02 beta, which adds support for Windows Vista.

Posted by mjaynes at 08:25 PM

July 26, 2007

Beacon Finder !!

No, this is not a remote control key-finder like device to help you find your beacon you might have left trackside - it's MUCH better than that!

Lap beacons are easy and affordable to replace, missing or erroneous lap times are not. Until now... Beacon Finder is a $10 shareware application written by a long time AiM customer named James Hakewill — and it's brilliant!

I think know you'll find it invaluable.

Beacon Finder is lap time reconstruction software that will correct almost any lap time problem within your data; multiple beacons, missing beacon hits, no beacon out, infrared receiver on the wrong side of the car, doubled up laps, and more. James' nifty little software app uses speed, distance, and lateral acceleration data from a single known good lap to accurately recreate otherwise missing or erroneous lap times.

If you've ever had even just one session where you did not receive lap times because your infrared lap receiver was on the wrong side of the car, or there was no beacon out, or whatever reason — download Beacon Finder now. Even if you've never had a problem, download it anyway because the first time you need it, the ability to recover your lost lap times on the spot is priceless. You can fix old data as well as any future lap time problems that may occur. The $10 shareware fee is a no-brainer.

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The interface is friendly and the documentation is complete. Head over to James' site and get a copy. I personally will not go to the track again without this software.

Michael Jaynes
AiM Sports, LLC

Posted by mjaynes at 12:57 AM

July 23, 2007

New Talent at AiM Sports SE

John "Trey" Shannon joined the forces here at AiM Sports today. Just recently graduated with a B.S. in Aerodynamic Engineering from Virginia Tech Trey is looking forward to all his new position at AiM Sports will entail. He has a long history in motorsports and still races karts on the local pavement series when time permits.

Welcome aboard Trey!

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 04:35 PM

June 29, 2007

iPhone #3

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"MyChron Mike" McKnight supporting the Mid-America Speedway Series race in Wellington, Kansas this weekend, was rained out today. So he grabbed his umbrella this afternoon and lined up at the local AT&T store to get his hands on a new iPhone. Interviewed by News Channel 12, he did squeeze in an "AiM Sports" plug. Ten minutes prior to the 6:00pm sale time, he received his golden ticket equivalent - ticket number 3 for a new iPhone.

Posted by mjaynes at 07:53 PM

June 15, 2007

Electromotive TEC3

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The much requested Electromotive TEC3 ECU is now fully supported! You can now connect your MXL, MyChron3 XG Log, or DaVid system directly to your Electromotive TEC3 ECU. The TEC3 streams up to 28 channels of data via direct serial connection. Having such an ECU connection scores nearly all engine data, and also frees up analog inputs for other input types like; steering position, shock travel/velocities, additional temps, additional pressures, infrared tire temps, and more. Connecting the TEC3 is as simple as connecting two wires.

Posted by mjaynes at 07:54 AM

Hondata ECU Conection

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The Hondata protocol is now out of beta and working great! You can now connect your MXL, MyChron3 XG Log, or DaVid system directly to your Hondata KPro ECU and receive up to 23 channels of data from the ECU. Having such an ECU connection also frees up analog inputs for other input types like; steering position, shock travel/velocities, additional temps, additional pressures, infrared tire temps, and more. The KPro connection requires an inline circuit between the ECU and AiM dash/logger. The connection is available now for $75 USD. --Update Nov. 29th, 2007 - Works with model PRB KPro.

Posted by mjaynes at 02:26 AM

Hondata ECU Conection

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The Hondata protocol is now out of beta and working great! You can now connect your MXL, MyChron3 XG Log, or DaVid system directly to your Hondata KPro ECU and receive up to 23 channels of data from the ECU. Having such an ECU connection also frees up analog inputs for other input types like; steering position, shock travel/velocities, additional temps, additional pressures, infrared tire temps, and more. The KPro connection requires an inline circuit between the ECU and AiM dash/logger. The connection is available now for $75 USD. --Update Nov. 29th, 2007 - Works with model PRB KPro.

Posted by mjaynes at 02:26 AM

June 14, 2007

RS2 Vista Update

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A Vista compatible update to Race Studio 2 is coming real soon, perhaps even ahead of our July schedule. The above screen capture shows the DaVid video configuration screen, which was otherwise impossible in Vista. There is still some testing to do, including some backwards compatibility testing with Win XP and Win 98, but the progress is looking good.

Posted by mjaynes at 06:15 PM

June 04, 2007

Race Studio 2.21.29

RS2.gif Race Studio 2, version 2.21.29 in now available. Complete release notes are forthcoming, a partial list of changes include:

Race Studio Configuration

1. Added ECU management: Hondata K-PRO (AIM interface circuit needed)
2. Added ECU management: Walbro HPUH1 (Formula SAE)
3. Fixed bug on AUX 1-2-3-4 channels (ECU Nira I3+)
4. Fixed bug on Oilp and Vbatt channels (ECU Marelli Custom)
5. Inserted ABS_Alarm channel (ECU Mazda MX5)
6. Inserted AutoDiagnose error signal channel on default configuration for MXL Plug and Play Kit for Yamaha R1-R6
7. From now on, MXL/EVO3Pro data download software will remember driver and vehicle name associating it to the last data download with the same instrument
8. In the "Online window" it is now possible to show milliVolt (V/1000) values measures for analog sensors
9. Added visor management on EVO3 Pro systems
10. From now on, on MXL/EVO3Pro systems, the configuration software allows the insertion of top and bottom scale values with the same decimal figures chosen within the units field.
11. Fixed bug in the online window. The milliVolt value is now correctly shown only for meaningful channels.
12. Fixed ECT channel management on Suzuki GSXR1000 K7

Race Studio Analysis

- No changes since last release

Posted by mjaynes at 06:49 PM

May 08, 2007

Even More ECU Support

Clearly, one of our greatest strengths is our systems' ability to connect directly to your car or motorcycle's ECU — and therefore record and monitor the ECU data in real time. We currently support more ECU's than anyone in our industry, many more! These ECU connection are often as simple as connecting two wires, or sometimes just one. Over this 2-wire connection streams 10, 20, 30, even up to 100 channels of data, good high-speed data. As most of our customers are racers, we have avoided OBDII communication because it's simply not fast enough. Where we have used a connection at the OBDII port, is with some of the OEM protocols; Mazda, Nissan, Audi, VW, Porsche, and BMW. Here, we simply use the OBDII port to gain easy access to the cars CAN-bus, where we can simply "listen" to the messages flying around the vehicles electronic system, and record the channels we are interested in. While we could develop a OBDII system to communicate with nearly every vehicles diagnostic system, the quality and data rate would be compromised.

Just added ECU support:
Hydra EMS Nemesis
Performance Electronics ECU-1
Magnetti Marelli Toyota A
Nissan 350Z (OEM)

ECU's to soon be supported:
Electromotive TEC³
Hondata KPro
MicroTech Systems
...and more!

Posted by mjaynes at 06:36 AM

April 03, 2007

Free

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Spruce up your ride with the some new MyChron or AiM stickers available free from AiM Sports. Just click on the email link and enter your name, address and gauge you are using and the stickers will arrive in the mail within days.

mc@aimsports.com

Posted by MyChron Mike at 12:06 PM

March 29, 2007

Formula Car Pr0n!

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A new photo of our forthcoming Formula Car Wheel, this one a production model. Specs and prices coming soon.

Posted by mjaynes at 10:37 PM | Comments (1)

January 04, 2007

The Shootout

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I went to Tulsa Oklahoma for my first trip to the Shootout and all I could say was wow! Many things impressed me not to say the least being the 497,000 square foot Expo building which featured the race track and parking for some 1100 competitors. This giant of a building was built originally for the International Petroleum Expo back in the sixties when Tulsa was home to many major oil companies. The "Golden Driller" was added in 1966 and has become the symbol now for the coveted "Driller" which is the trophy given to the victorious at the shootout. I am lucky to have a good friend in Tulsa who treated Scott and myself to such culinary delights as the Knotty Pine BBQ, Coney Dogs which were fantastic and the best being saved for our last night out was Jamils, a Lebanese Steakhouse that had some of the best food ever, and plenty of it! I am still tasting that Ribeye. Saw many new faces as well as many old friends so besides the excitement of such a huge event the social aspect was great. This is going to be on my calendar for 2007 for sure.

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 04:15 PM

November 27, 2006

John Thomas McKnight

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My "little" brother known to his family and friends as "Johnny T" was killed Thanksgiving Day in a tragic accident. Johnny never met a stranger and was at home anywhere and with anyone. He was a loving father for his daughter Taylor Rae and to his wife Sherrie. Johnny was loved by so many and in his short 50 years he touched many people and left lasting impressions. He had a knack for success and lived life with a zeal and enthusiam which I admired so much. Johnny owned and operated Absolute Golf Carts in Grants Pass Oregon and he was just recently awarded a distributorship for the prestigious Club Car brand for Southern Oregon. He was so proud to have reached this goal after several years of hard work and we all so lucly to have shared in his happiness.

Really what I want to say is that my sisters Karen, Margie, our informally adopted brother Billy Wolfe and myself loved the guy so much and are going to miss him terribly. He was a great guy and terrific brother. We love you Johnny T!

Posted by MyChron Mike at 11:05 AM | Comments (5)

November 20, 2006

Congratulations Mr Gas Can Man!

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Just wanted to say congratulations to one of my long time friend's Rich "Mr B.I.G." Gutierrez who handles the gas cans for the number 48 Hendrick Motorsports car. They won the Winston Cup Championship last night at Homestead Raceway. Rich and I go way back to the days when we both lived in California and traveled many miles on the road together going to races all over the country.

And yes I know its not the Winston Cup any longer but I refuse to give any credit to a company who tops the list in my future "Companies You Dont Want To Do Business With" feature coming soon.

Congrats Rich and all the guys on your team!

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 02:53 PM

November 01, 2006

Free Stickers

Its getting near the end of the year so why not get some shiny new AiM or MyChron stickers for your race kart, bike or car. Im sure that with all the hard racing you have done all year you may have rubbed some bare spots in your paint. Just send me an email along with product used and type of motorsport and we will get them in the mail today free of charge. We have some new colors sure to spiff up your ride!

mc@aimsports.com

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 12:15 PM

October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween

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Halloween did not become a holiday in America until the 19th century, where lingering Puritan tradition meant even Christmas was scarcely observed before the 1800s. North American almanacs of the late 18th and early 19th centuries make no mention of Halloween in their lists of holidays. The transatlantic migration of nearly two million Irish following the Irish Potato Famine (1845–1849) brought the holiday and its customs to America. Scottish emigration from the British Isles, primarily to Canada before 1870 and to the United States thereafter, brought that country's own version of the holiday to North America.

When the holiday was observed in 19th-century America, it was generally in three ways. Scottish-American and Irish-American societies held dinners and balls that celebrated their heritages, with perhaps a recitation of Robert Burns' poem "Halloween" or a telling of Irish legends, much as Columbus Day celebrations were more about Italian-American heritage than Columbus. Home parties would center around children's activities, such as bobbing for apples and various divination games, particularly about future romance. And finally, pranks and mischief were common on Halloween.

The commercialization of Halloween in America did not begin until the 20th century, beginning perhaps with Halloween postcards, which were most popular between 1905 and 1915, and featured hundreds of different designs. Dennison Manufacturing Company, which published its first Hallowe'en catalog in 1909, and the Beistle Company were pioneers in commercially made Halloween decorations, particularly die-cut paper items. German manufacturers specialized in Halloween figurines that were exported to America in the period between the two world wars.

There is little primary documentation of masking or costuming on Halloween in America, or elsewhere, before 1900 Mass-produced Halloween costumes did not appear in stores until the 1950s, when trick-or-treating became a fixture of the holiday, although commercially made masks were available earlier.

In the United States, Halloween has become the sixth most profitable holiday (after Christmas, Mother's Day, Valentines Day, Easter, and Father's Day) for retailers. In the 1990s many manufacturers began producing a larger variety of Halloween yard decorations; prior to this a majority of decorations were homemade. Some of the most popular yard decorations are jack-o'-lanterns, scarecrows, witches, orange and purple string lights, inflatable decorations such as spiders, pumpkins, mummies, vampires and other monstrous creatures, and animatronic window and door decorations. Other popular decoration are foam tombstones and gargoyles. The sale of candy and costumes are also extremely important during this time period. Halloween is marketed not just to children but also to adults. According to the National Retail Federation, the most popular Halloween costumes for adults are, in order: witch, pirate, vampire, cat, and clown. On many college campuses, Halloween is a major celebration, with the Friday and Saturday nearest October 31 hosting many costume parties.

The National Confectioners Association reported, in 2005, that 80 percent of adults planned to give out candy to trick-or-treaters, and that 93 percent of children planned to go trick-or-treating.

Anoka, Minnesota, the self-proclaimed "Halloween Capital of the World," celebrates with a large civic parade. Salem, Massachusetts, also has laid claim to the title, though Salem has tried to separate itself from its history of persecuting witchcraft. Despite that, the city does see a great deal of tourism surrounding the Salem witch trials, especially around Halloween. Nearby Keene, New Hampshire, hosts the annual Pumpkin Fest each October which previously held the record for most lit jack-o'-lanterns at one time and place.

New York City hosts the United States' largest Halloween celebration, The Village Halloween Parade. Started by a Greenwich Village mask maker in 1973, the parade now attracts over two million spectators and participants as well as roughly four million television viewers each year. It is the largest participatory parade in the country if not the world, encouraging spectators to march in the parade as well. It is also the largest annual parade held at night.

In the state of Utah and throughout the world where members of the Mormon faith reside, Halloween is an occasion when the trunks of cars are decorated and the cars parked at the church where "trick-or-treaters" go from trunk to trunk and there are prizes for those best decorated, a phenomenon known as "trunk-or-treating" Everyone brings treats such as hot apple cider, popcorn, baked goods, chili and hotdogs, to share. It is seen as an opportunity for the community to socialize.

In many towns and cities, trick-or-treaters are welcomed by lighted porch lights and jack-o'-lanterns. In some large or crime-ridden cities, however, trick-or-treating is discouraged, forbidden, or restricted to staged trick-or-treating events within one or more of the cities' shopping malls, in order to prevent potential acts of violence against trick-or-treaters. Even where crime is not an issue, many towns in the US have established specific hours where trick-or-treating is permitted, e.g. 5-7 pm or 5-8 pm, to discourage late-night trick-or-treating.

Those living in the country may hold Halloween parties, often with a bonfire or, in some years, the older Irish custom of building two bonfires, with the celebrants passing between them. These parties usually involve games (often traditional games like bobbing for apples, searching for candy in a similar manner to Easter egg hunting, or a snipe hunt), a haunted hayride (often accompanied by a scary story and one or more masked and costumed people hiding in the dark to jump out and scare the riders), and treats (usually a bag of candy and/or homemade treats). Scary movies may also be watched. Normally, the children are picked up by their parents at pre-determined times. However, it is not uncommon for these parties to include sleepovers.

In areas with a large Mexican population, Halloween has often merged with celebrations of "Dia De Los Muertos", the Day of the Dead. There are many different versions of All Hallows Eve celebrated around the world today by many different cultures. Remember when youre out there is the dark dont look back and walk fast!

Posted by MyChron Mike at 02:05 PM

October 30, 2006

Nicky Hayden

2006 MotoGP World Champion!

How cool is that?

Posted by MyChron Mike at 05:08 PM

October 27, 2006

Happy Birthday MyChron Mike

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October 21, 2006

Performance Racing Industry Show

AiM Sports is excited to announce that in addition to our booth numbers 3946 and 3948 we will have an additional display booth number 912. This is in what can best be called PRI's karting section with many top manufacturers and importers represented this year.

We will have many new and exciting products for both the automotive and karting enthusiast so be sure and put us on your list of must see's.

The show takes place this year December 14th, 15th and 16th in Orlando Florida.

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 01:55 PM

October 17, 2006

300 Million and Growing

According to the US Census bureau at 7:46AM EDT today the population of the United States of America will reach 300 million. It has taken 39 years to get from 200 to 300 million.

This estimate is based on one birth every 7 seconds, one death every 13 seconds and 1 international migration every 31 seconds. I wonder if this takes into account the number of illegal immigrants pouring across our borders day and night?

No matter what thats a lot of people!

Posted by MyChron Mike at 11:38 AM

October 16, 2006

Andrew Caddell


Andrew Victory Data Lap


Sunday October 15th Andrew won the Spec Miata class at the SCCA National Championships at Heartland Park in Topeka Kansas. Andrew who is the son of Roger and Ruth Caddell owners of Victory Lane Data in Graham Washington outlasted a huge field of close to 60 cars to win by a margin of almost six seconds. When reached by phone yesterday afternoon Roger was quite ecstatic after the big win. Teamed with Andrews skill behind the wheel and our AiM MXL DaVid video Roger had several days to analyze the data and video which they had collected in the 4 prior qualifying session to figure out a setup on the car which helped in their victory.

Congratulations to Andrew and the whole crew!

Posted by MyChron Mike at 06:02 PM

October 03, 2006

Busa Madness

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Check out this wild ride from McCoy Motorsports as featured on the Metric TV Sportbike Build off. The custom Hayabusa bike features a specially prepped MXL digital dash with translucent red/maroon powder coating. Neel and Joel from Apex Speed handled the wiring and install on this one of a kind beauty.

Apex Speed Technology and McCoy Motorsports have teamed together again to build the most radical custom Suzuki ever imagined. McCoy Motorsports “Turbo Pheonix”, featuring a custom AIM MXL Strada Dash, has been selected as finalist in “Metric TV” biker buildoff.

It will also be on the cover of next month’s Super Streetbike magazine. Aim Sports worked with Apex to provide an MXL Pista in a custom, red-anodized case to match the rest of the bike’s color scheme. The stock Suzuki Hayabusa harness was modified to accept the AIM dash, utilizing all the stock sensors including speed, water temperature, RPM, and boost. Apex Speed Technology also provide the BPD ECU and performed all the fuel injection tuning in one plug & play package.

http://www.tobefast.com/fast_mcbusa.htm

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Posted by MyChron Mike at 07:07 PM

September 25, 2006

Road America

I had the pleasure of supporting the Champ Car Rotax Kart Grand Nationals at Road America this past week. It was a very well run event despite all the rain and congestion in the pit area. Marshall Martin and the whole crew did a fabulous job despite all of this. The pre-finals on Friday were run in less than optimum conditions with a steady rain throughout the morning with mostly dry conditions by the time the last pre-final took to the track.

This event featured something that most kart races dont. It was run in conjuction with Champ Car, AMA SuperMoto, Barber Dodge and Mazda Miata Pro Cup races. The Rotaxians shared the paddock with the SuperMoto guys who ran their races on the same track as the karts with the addition of a couple of jumps and an off track dirt section which really threw a challenge at the riders. Maybe we need that kind of track for the karters, at least a jump or two! The paddock area was filled with the sounds of Champ Cars, Rotaxes and AMA SuperMoto thumpers throughout the event. It was a racers dream.

Throughout the weekend I ran into many old friends from California whom I havent seen in many years. Overall it was a great weekend! Congratulations to all the champions as well as everyone who gave it their best as well.

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 12:17 PM

September 06, 2006

Dirt Classic MyChron4 Giveaway Winner: Brian Lynch

The FTA Speedway Dirt Classic was held on August 26 & 27th. AiM Sports donated a MyChron4 that was raffled on the 27th. The winning ticket was purchased by Brian Lynch, of B&R Racing out of Fort Madison, Iowa.

Brian, while not having the best racing weekend, did say, "I may not be doing well today, but you know what? I have always wanted a MyChron4-Now I have one which makes it all worth it." Congratulations to Brian and good luck with the rest of the season. Thanks to Don "Duck" Lynch for the photo and info.

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Posted by aimsports at 07:38 PM

August 29, 2006

Modified Magazine Features MXL Digital Display

The September 2006 issue of Modified magazine features a performance electronics buyers' guide, with the MXL line of digital displays and racing data loggers featured.
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Posted by aimsports at 06:34 PM

July 06, 2006

AiM Lap Timers Power Supermoto Bike Shootout

The summer 2006 issue of Supermoto Racer magazine features a 7 bike shootout article testing the Honda CRF450R, Kawasaki KX450F, Suzuki RM-Z450, Yamaha YZ450F, KTM 450 SMR, Husqvarna SMR 450 and Husaberg FS450E. SMR used MyChron Light TG lap timers to measure lap times and 400 foot drag race times. Test locations included Grange, Horse Thief Mile and a dyno shop. Test riders included pros like Rich Truchinski, Gary Trachy, Justin Ross, and Frankie Garcia.
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Justin Ross. Photo by Scott Hoffman, Supermoto Racer magazine.

Posted by aimsports at 08:22 PM

June 29, 2006

New Guy

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New guy "Feel" shows us how to properly wire up an RPM clip at Johnston County Speedway.

Updated: This weekend Feel will be with Chad in Michigan for the WKA Gold Cup. Devan will be in Riverside, NC for the Junior Kahuna race while John will be in Willowsprings for the Gatorz Challenge.

Posted by aimsports at 05:01 AM

May 15, 2006

Update on One Lap of America

Hats off to the AMS team for finishing 2nd out of 14 in their category (mid priced sedan) and 3rd out of 88 overall. See the previous entry about their cool Mitsubishi Lancer EVO8, equipped with an AiM Sports MXL Pista display and data logger, linked to an AEM engine management system. We'll have more information about and photos of this system soon.

Posted by aimsports at 03:32 PM

May 11, 2006

One Lap of America

The One Lap of America series is on this week. Inspired by and somewhat related to the infamous "Cannonball Run", the One Lap of America sees a group of street legal cars traveling around the country (well, the east and midwest, really) racing at a variety of tracks. Today they raced at VIR. See the schedule at the official website.

Martin Musial of AMS Performance put together a Mitsubishi EVO 8 with an MXL Pista race data acquisition system for the race, and they are ripping up the track. They are first in their class (Mid Price Sedan) and 8th overall out of a field of 88. Martin and his team built the EVO for time attack racing and has an MXL Pista installed for data logging.

Tony Swan of Car and Driver has a series of journal entries about the event; Autoblog also has a great write up. The Kicker/Lake Effect Racing team web site has some great videos, including the Lancer EVO 8 at No Problem Raceway in Lousiana, and an annotated video from Roebling Road.

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Photos courtesy AMS and Kicker.com/Lake-effect-racing.com.

Posted by aimsports at 01:49 AM

March 30, 2006

Chad Brackens To Tie The Knot!

Chad Brackens, my long time and best employee dropped a bombshell last week early one day when the confirmed bachelor and man about town announced he and his beautiful girlfriend of one week Carrie Webster are going to get married. The big date is May 19th at the Bojangles in Virginia Beach where guests will be treated to an all you can eat fried chicken buffet. The couple plan a honeymoon in the infield at the next Nascar race where they will be joined by close to 80,000 of their screaming relatives cheering on the likes of Jeff, Dale and Kyle. From what I understand both Chads mom and sister are heartbroken at the news.

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 01:26 PM | Comments (8)

A New Addition

AiM Sports SE would like to announce our newest employee Aaron Byrd. Aaron comes with an extensive background in IT and amongst other things worked with data acquisition on Virginia Tech's Smart Road project. Aaron's duites will be focused in the Auto Racing market but you will also see him at a few Kart and Motorcycle events.

Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 01:20 PM | Comments (2)

March 23, 2006

NCKRA

The North Carolina Dirt Series race number 2 has been moved to Liberty Raceway. Both Chad and myself will be in attendance along with Erik who will be shooting some pictures.

I am personally looking forrward to the event as I have never been to Liberty.

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 12:46 PM

March 02, 2006

It Gets Better

After more testing with the 4 one feature which is absolutely fantastic is the predictive lap feature. It is so awesome. Imagine being able to look down coming off your final turn heading to the stripe and knowing that you are going to run your fastest lap even before its over! Oh man its good.

More later.

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 09:18 PM

Woodbridge Kart Club

AiM Sports LLC is proud to announce MyChron4 as the official title sponsor for the 2006 Woodbridge Kart Club Championship Series. The Virginia based club is one of the older and largest in America. The series will hold its races at Summit Point and Virginia International Raceways beginning the end of March culminating with their year end awards banquet in November.

Posted by MyChron Mike at 01:21 PM

February 22, 2006

Sports Car Revolution to Feature MXL Data System

59374_scr_logo.jpgSportscar Revolution is a weekly show on SpeedTV, airing Wednesday nights. Starting tonight (Feb 22) they will air a 13-part series on the build of a 2006 Mazda MX-5 Cup car being campaigned by BSI Racing and Grassroots Motorsports Magazine. Integral to the race program is an AiM Sports MXL Pista digital display and data logger. We expect at least one, possibly 2 episodes of Sportscar Revolution to detail the installation of the MXL Pista. For scheduling, see the SpeedTV website.

Posted by aimsports at 09:17 PM

February 20, 2006

And The Winners Are ........

At Kartfest back in January we had a drawing each day to give away 2 of our new Oval Kart steering wheels. Well the names have been released and the winners are,

Joey Cipriano and Ron Talley. Congratulations to both of you and as soon as the wheels arrive I will get them out to you.

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 05:39 PM | Comments (1)

February 09, 2006

Kartfest Midwest

Well its Thursday afternoon and Chad is on his way to Kansas City for the second annual Midwest Expo. I went last year and enjoyed it immensely. I was lucky enough to attend a few of the Heartland series races and got to meet many of the racers and their families. I learned something in supporting that series and that was that so many of the families involved were just so happy to have a great series to compete in and seemed to be having more fun doing it. I think sometimes we all forget just why it was we got started in the sport. Even though the competition was as intense as any series I attend there were a lot of smiling faces to be found. Though there is only one "winner" in each race I believe that everyone wins by being involved in the competition and the thrill of wheel to wheel racing along with the challenges we all face to improve.

Keep up the hard work and enjoy Kartfest. The new season awaits!

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 06:45 PM

February 02, 2006

20th Annual OVKA Swap Meet

Look for Chad and Mike at the Ohio Valley Karting Association's 20th annual Swap Meet this Saturday (Feb 4) at the Clark County Fair Grounds in Springfield Ohio. They won't have a booth set up, rather we're visiting to check out the swap meet, maybe we'll have a space next year. The swap meet is sponsored by National Kart News. For more info, head to the OVKA website: www.ovka.com.

Posted by aimsports at 12:20 PM

January 28, 2006

Calm before the storm.

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Here is a picture of the booth before the crowds arrive, its kinda like the Christmas Tree before Santa has been and gone.

Posted by MyChron Mike at 08:55 AM

Anticipation

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Crowds gathered all day long at the AiM Sports booth to learn about the features of the new power packed MyChron4.

Posted by MyChron Mike at 12:18 AM

January 27, 2006

Todays's the Big Day

Well we are all setup and ready to go in Hickory at Kartfest. After a long day of assembling our booth and talking to many of our friends we are ready for a big show. We have a brand new MyChron4 gauge which we will show for the first time. Its packed full of power and features.

Check back later for pics and updates on how the show is going as well as pictures of the MyChron4! We should also have an update from Joe Hullett on progress in the Rolex 24 Hour of Daytona.

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 07:51 AM

January 24, 2006

Countdown to Kartfest

Its just a little over a day before we leave for Hickory, NC and KartFest. I have so much left to do but thought I would remind everyone that besides the free RPM clip giveaway, AiM Sports will also have some even bigger news. Stop by the booth on Friday to see whats new! And don't forget to the data analysis seminars give by Roger Caddell of Victory Lane Data both Friday and Saturday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

We will also be accepting registration for our upcoming eMyChronNews newsletter coming this spring. It will be packed full of useful tech tips aimed at helping you get the most from your gauge and keeping you abreast of the latest software and firmware improvements available on our website. Sign up for the newsletter here.

Look forward to seeing everyone!

MyChron Mike

Posted by MyChron Mike at 08:43 PM | Comments (1)

January 23, 2006

Florida Winter Tour

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Brrrrr!

Headed down to the Florida Winter Tour at Miami Homestead Raceway this weekend for the first stop of the 2006 series. Never been to Miami or a Winter Tour race so it should be exciting. Looks like the weather will be close to 80 degrees!

Highlights to follow on Monday.

Well the first round of the Florida Winter Tour turned out to be a huge success with over 500 entries for the 2 race days. It was a very well run event and I dont think I can ever recall an event this large with so many happy friendly people. I guess when you are coming from cold winter climate to the warmth of Southern Florida how could you not be happy. Hats off to Bill Wright and his whole crew on a job well done.

I saw a lot of faces which I hadnt seen in a while including Jim and Karen Murley of SKUSA fame, Don Mooremeister a SoCal transplant now living the good life in Idaho, Chris Eggar of Pats Acres in Oregon, Bonnier Moulton shooting for KartSport magazine and many time Karting World Champion Mike Wilson from Italy. Oh yeah and media magnate Rob Howden from Canada was racing in the Rotax class. Way to go Rob!

Upon my return home to Virgina Sunday in my shorts and flip flops I was greeted with light rain and temps in the mid 30's. Welcome back to reality, and long pants!

Posted by MyChron Mike at 11:52 AM | Comments (1)

January 16, 2006

Mini Install

Today Chad had a customer come by to have a look at an for his . I didn't see Chad for awhile so I went to look for him and found him in the driveway with the Strada about 90 percent installed. Amazing how quick it went and required only connecting a few wires to his ECU and in a matter of minutes we had most of the signal's from the ECU displayed on the dash. The customer works for our local NBC television station and is going to bring both the evening news anchor and weatherman over to have their cars done as well.

Maybe we can get them to do a show on the trials and tribulations of the MyChron Guys!

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January 13, 2006

NetKarPro Online SIM Racing Game

Check out new racing game & simulator @ which features the AiM for the in car views.

A full release is expected soon; a beta version is available for free download from (look down the left hand column).

See more screenshots at: .

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Friday the 13th

On my way to the office this morning the guys on the radio were talking about people who fear Friday the 13th. Do you know there are many medical terms used to describe peoples fear of anything to do with the number 13? Here are a few examples, friggatriskaidekaphobia, paraskevidekatriaphobia and last but not least triskaidekaphobia.

WKA has the Dirt Grand Nationals at Southern Pitt scheduled staring on Friday the 13th as does AKRA. How many of you do anything differently on the 13th?

Posted by MyChron Mike at 10:37 AM

January 12, 2006

Send Your Questions to MyChron Mike

Send your questions into MyChron Mike and we'll post the answers.
Use the link at the right under "Sections".

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