Racepak offers a dashlogger that packs the punch without the need for pretty colors, making the IQ3 Logger Dash one of the simplest yet plenty capable options for most racers. Similar to the competition, it features an internal accelerometer, programmable shift and warning lights, and multiple pages to customize (up to 4). It logs up to 32 channels and stores the data onto a micro SD memory card, which means the data capacity is up to you. The IQ3 records data at up to 100 samples per second, still plenty for a majority of users. Racepak also keeps things simple with complete Vnet sensor capabilties, which a majority of Racepak products use in order to keep hardware easily plug-and-play. Users can review the data on Racepak’s own DatalinkII Data Analysis Software. For users looking for simplicity and plug-and-play, it doesn’t get much easier than this. MSRP starts at $1,892.95.
Stack is another longtime player that’s introduced a powerful, color dashlogger to the market with the Stack Colour LCD Competition Dash Logger. This piece of hardware fits a 7-inch LCD panel display within an IP65-sealed carbon composite housing to maximize functionality but with little sacrifice to keeping things lightweight. This dashlogger accommodates two programmable data bus channels (one CAN and one serial) in conjunction with analog sensors and its integrated accelerometer. Stack’s logger gathers data at up to 1,000 Hz through up to 128 channels, onto 4 GB of solid-state internal memory. It offers loads of customization options for configurable inputs and allows for extra functionality with dedicated control switches and configurable input/output options. With the help of configurable template pages (up to 20), LED lights, 0-5V controls, and more, you’ll find little restriction in making this logger do everything you need. Stack also offers its own DataPro Analysis software to help users make the most of the hardware. MSRP starts at $2,599.95.
With the appropriate data logger for your car picked out, what are you supposed to do with it? Data analysis software is intimidating for many, but using it to pick apart your driving technique is easier than you’d think. Check out the next segment on data analysis, where you can learn how to read those lines and scribbles to turn up your driving skill.