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accountancy element, not least because amateur drivers tend to crash a lot. ‘You can add in extra details too, like where the part is [stored] in the shop, what shelf it is on etc. Also there is a costing element to this. Nothing too complex, but the reason it’s there is for crash damage reports, so if you have rental drivers and they go out and smash up the car, you can do an itemised invoice automatically using the system.’ Jasmund, like the crews at

The already rugged tablet has a strap on the back so it can attached and not dropped, though in reality it has survived the rigours of motorsport use

Pirelli, Mazak and Cosworth, are looking forward to the future. While software and tablet computing may not on the surface seem to lead directly to an on-track advantage in the way a new wing or engine update does, it can still lead to improved lap times. ‘I’d like to integrate this

Data can be downloaded directly from the racecar and immediately sent to the servers in the race transporters, and to component manufacturers

and the triggers for inspection and replacement. They enter all of that, it is encrypted and uploaded, then the teams can download the part data and details, but the one thing they cannot do is adjust the details. The manufacturers can then follow how the teams are using that part. It can record every session it ran in and can follow all of the teams without any direct interaction. They just upload the data and download any updates from the manufacturer. They will then get failure data for all teams, which helps them balance things and track any batch issues.’ Whilst, ideally, every single individual component is tracked on the car, larger sub-assemblies can also be tracked. ‘All of the parts inside are part of that, so if you change a ’box, for example, then all of the parts associated with it go with it. But if you just change a ratio, then it tracks that, too. If that ratio then gets re-used in another

’box, for whatever reason, it is tracked throughout with its life,’ explains Jasmund. ‘The system then automatically highlights any component that is reaching the end of its life and tells the car chief whether it needs inspection or replacement, even running off a job sheet for the mechanics. It’s quite intelligent.

more closely with the data acquisition system, where this runs seamlessly with a data logger and outputs onto a tablet. Let the software go through the lap outings and highlight any abnormal loads, and suggest parts to inspect. If a sensor is giving a strange signal, it should highlight it. For example, if there was something wrong with the damper velocities, it would highlight it. A lot of my time as a data engineer is just spent making sure the car is healthy, checking things after every session are okay, checking to see if everything is within parameters, to see if there is anything untoward going on. That can sometimes leave very little time before the next session to look at performance.’

“It’s quite intelligent. If the data is entered incorrectly, it can highlight that, too”

If the data is entered incorrectly, it can highlight that too, so if the team enters two right rear brake discs and one right front disc for a single car it will highlight it and raise a query. Most often it’s just poor data entry, but it has prevented cars running with the wrong parts fitted before.’ Whilst accountants may not

understand racing, racing parts software does need to have an

34 • July 2012 That extra time that could

be freed up for the engineers to focus on making the car go faster, rather than just making it go at all, is now becoming a reality. Indeed, it may not be too long before engineers find themselves making their way down to RadioShack rather than the performance parts store to buy a completely different piece of new technology.

TECH SPEC xt Tablet T7000

Dimensions: 225mm x 145mm x 39.8mm Display: 178mm diagonal widescreen Weight: 1.1kg (base configuration)

Operating temp: -4degF to +122degF (-20degC to +50degC) Storage temp: -22degF to +140degF (-30degC to +60degC)

Humidity: 5-95 per cent, non- condensing

Processor: Intel Atom Z530P, 1.6GHz, US15W Chipset; 512KB L2 Cache; FSB 533MHz system memory; 2GB DDR2 RAM

Hard drive: solid state drive, 32GB, 64GB, 80GB, 128GB+ shock mounted; 1.8in hard disk, 120GB

Operating system: Windows 7 Professional; Windows XP Tablet PC Edition; Linux ‘Ready’

Display: 1024 x 600mm (WSVGA); Color TFT (supports 1024 x 768 mode XGA) touch screen standard, digitiser optional xView sunlight readable option, 500nit

System expansion: SD card slot; Express card slot (standard); surface contact docking connector RJ-45 10BaseT 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0; serial port optional (9-pin D-SUB); I/O board Con_g standard; USB (2); Ethernet; audio

Battery system: hot swappable dual battery packs

Std capacity: lithium polymer Total: 5160mAh, 7.4V, 38Wh Battery: 3-5hrs estimated; lithium ION Total: 10400mAh, 7.4V, 77Wh Battery operation: 6-8hrs (est)

Communication: 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz; Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR (class II) open slot WWAN Express Card slot open for various service provider wireless cards; protective cover maintains seal / ruggedness; GPS (optional)

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