Live thread: Learning how to best use Racelogic’s VBox products

J.G.
By J.G. Pasterjak
Oct 4, 2023 | Live Thread, Racelogic, VBOX

Photography Courtesy Racelogic

These days, we’re pretty much the only media outlet bringing data acquisition to our testing protocols. Honestly, there are plenty of ways to subjectively evaluate a car, but since data rarely lies, whenever we can use it to provide additional context to our evaluation, we jump at the chance.

We’re currently in the process of bringing even more info to the table for our track tests by partnering with Racelogic. We're transitioning our data acquisition to its VBOX products and Circuit Tools analysis software.


As part of this process, we requested a little hands-on training time. Our crew at the test track is pretty bare bones–it’s usually just me and Chris Tropea, our videographer–so efficiency is paramount. We got to the point where we felt that some time with the VBox crew would help.

Turns out the timing was fortuitous. They were actually planning an intensive workshop covering some of the exact products we were using, and we managed to get a spot on the invite list.

On Sunday, October 1st, I’ll be heading to the airport for an overnight journey from Daytona to Atlanta, then to Madrid, then finally to Gran Canaria, the largest of the Canary Islands. And there, somewhat surprisingly, is a race track.

Circuito Maspalomas was originally constructed for the Race of Champions, which ran there for several years, from the early ’90s into the early oughts. After the ROC moved on, the circuit remained as a club track, training facility and all-purpose motorsports venue.

Today it runs cars and motorcycles as well as a supercar driving experience and a couple rental-based series. We’ll be doing a couple days in its MX-5 Challenge cars, each wired with various VBox electronics, along with some off-track training and review of the equipment.

The other attendees appear to be mostly E.U.-based YouTubers who I’m not familiar with, and honestly, I’m excited to see some new faces at one of these press events and to meet some people from different corners of the motorsports world.

Their content indicates that we have rally drivers, circuit racers and sim specialists on the invite list, and I’m stoked to meet them and learn about the new hardware we’ll be using to bring you guys even more cool info in our tests.

It also looks like it’s going to be fun, and I can say entirely without guilt that I’m looking forward to a work thing that’s also not all heavy lifting.

I’ll try to keep this thread updated with what we’re doing and what we’re learning. If anyone has any questions about VBox and Racelogic stuff, I’ll have access to engineers and techs, so fire away.

I’d also love to hear if anyone has been to Gran Canaria before. I’ve had a lot of personal stuff going on lately, so I’ve done zero research into the island, and because of the goofy flight schedules, I'll actually end up with a couple days of downtime. If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.

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Comments
David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/28/23 12:05 p.m.

Right-hand drive, huh? 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
9/28/23 12:08 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Right-hand drive, huh? 

Editorial Director, Grassroots Motorsports & Classic Motorsports

I'm gonna drive one right into the Atlantic. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/28/23 12:11 p.m.

Do they make Snell-rated snorkels? 

Hoppps
Hoppps New Reader
9/28/23 2:27 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Do they make Snell-rated snorkels? 

You mean Shell-rated snorkels?

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
9/28/23 2:30 p.m.
Hoppps said:
David S. Wallens said:

Do they make Snell-rated snorkels? 

You mean Shell-rated snorkels?

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/28/23 4:17 p.m.

Actual footage of JG but pretend it’s just him sitting on the wrong side of a Miata.

 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
9/28/23 5:19 p.m.

Y'all joke but in 53 years I've literally only ever driven one right hand drive vehicle, which was a motorhome we rented on a trip to NZ. Well, and the Radical in iRacing. Okay so you know what it's probably fine.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/28/23 5:42 p.m.

It’s like driving a mail Jeep. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
9/28/23 10:19 p.m.

Somehow all this stuff needs to go in this box.

Does anyone know how to fold a Garmin VIRB?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/28/23 10:35 p.m.

Worse than folding a fitted sheet? 

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