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How to improve lap times with RaceCloud Academy?

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RaceCloud Academy is announced and as a sensational world-first solution it opens a whole new horizon of opportunities for improving driver behavior and performance! We already have discussed most of the innovative advanced analysis features and their basic usage, we have mentioned the purpose and advantages of the maintenance timers and talked about the Co-Driver mode, all of them included in the Academy subscription upgrade. It is now time to gather all this together and make it work.

Brake&TurnAs every driver knows, every corner is composed of few phases that define the driver interactions in it. To achieve fast lap times you need to determine the corner’s character, the section before and after it and find the appropriate actions in order to execute those phases in such a manner that transforms into the best possible results.

So, first, let’s determine those phases:

  1. Braking phase
  2. Turning phase
  3. Acceleration phase

Combining those phases and adding the proper transitions between them defines your racing line and the speed you carry through it, which is relevant for your lap time. Beginning at the braking point, the braking phase continues until the turning point, where you should start releasing the brake and start turning the wheel, in order to use the front end grip not only for braking, but also for steering. This is the first transition (also called “Trail Braking”) combined with progressive steering wheel operation until reaching the desired steering wheel angle designated for the turn and keeping it stable. As soon as you have released the brake you need to start pressing the acceleration pedal which is the second transition, keeping it constant first, while the steering angle is stable and smoothly and progressively enter the last acceleration phase as early as possible, after you start unwinding the wheel.

AnalysisWith the help of the advanced Academy analysis you will be able to clearly define those phases in your driving, analyze them and adjust your interactions accordingly in order to improve your results. But what’s the easiest way to adjust your inputs? The answer of this question is the Academy’s Co-Driver mode. No matter if you want to correct the most common mistake in driving – the desire of the driver to enter the corner as fast as possible, resulting in a lower exit speed, if you want to move a braking point a little bit later or earlier, want to push a little bit earlier and harder, or want to change the racing line through the corners, all you need to do is to carefully examine and analyze your data and the possible way of improvement and setup a Co-Driver assistant which will guide you through the track with red, yellow and green LED indications and visual turn-in graphic on the display.

15 - Advanced AnalysisTake a careful look at your speed graphs, examine the G-Forces and Steering Wheel Angle lines into the corners, check your previous braking and turn-in points and the racing line itself. As soon as you make your conclusions just enter the Academy screen on your iPad Application and start creating points for every corner you want. This will allow you to mark every driver interaction for every corner phase you want to adjust and notifications with the LEDs and the DISPLAY will show every desired braking point (red), transition point (yellow), acceleration point (green) and turn-in point (DISPLAY graphic).

14 - Co-DriverAlthough, you must be careful when setting up those points and never rely solely on the Co-Driver’s guidance. Create the points only for reference and check them during the moderate driving pace in the first lap or two, before getting into racing at 100%.          Let us give you a few tips and tricks how to achieve a good and useful Co-Driver setup:

  • Consider your braking points setup very carefully and never move them too further into the corner versus your current ones, since there is a risk that you won’t be able to decrease your speed enough before the turn.
  • Position your turn-in points wisely, since they are the main component defining the racing line, and a small change in the moment you turn can result in a big change in your trajectory through the turn.
  • The transition point is the moment that marks the overlap of braking and acceleration or the neutral situation in a turn, that you’re balancing the speed and using almost 100% of the grip for cornering. It marks the end of the braking phase and the start of balanced throttle phase of a turn, and can be in any of the cornering phases of the steering wheel, but mostly it should be somewhere around the moment that you have balanced the steering wheel as well, keeping the desired turn angle constant. This phase is very important, since as early you’re able to stabilize after the hard braking and initial turning as faster you’ll be in the corner and as early you’ll be able to accelerate hard.
  • The sooner – the better! This is the ideal case with the acceleration, but it’s a bit tricky, since accelerating too early may result in the loss of traction. So try to set the acceleration point as early as possible, but not too further back, so that the transition phase have finished and it is time to start unwinding the steering wheel and step on the gas.
  • Do not create your points too close one after another, since the visualization will become too quick and you may not be able to get it into consideration.
  • And to summarize – create your Co-Driver setup in a manner that will allow you to brake further, turn in a point that will create a racing line allowing short path and good minimal speed, but most of all earlier acceleration.


After you have created the proper Co-Driver setup you only have to get into your Go-Kart, apply the Academy mode on your RaceCloud DISPLAY and go out and drive, developing your driving with the help of your personal on-the-spot guidance.


RaceCloud Academy is here… and it’s free for 2015!

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LaunchWelcome to the future! Welcome to the whole new world of RaceCloud’s Academy – an innovative concept taking data acquisition to a whole new state-of-the-art level! Combining 21st century technology with the already proven easy-to-use software, the high-precision hardware and adding the high-quality and super-efficient services, we have dedicated our new product in making you able to experience the world of motorsports in a whole new way. Unlike anything else on the market we are focused not only in presenting you with some data and graphics but highlighting the essential information, visualized in an easy-to-understand manner that will save you time and efforts to put in real racing! Adding some world-first solutions for driver coaching, kart maintenance and team management RaceCloud Academy is again one step further into the future of motorsports!

Well, let’s unveil what are the key features included in the Academy subscription that are making it so special:

  • Advanced Analysis -  Emphasizing the driver’s behavior and go-kart’s performance RaceCloud is again presenting a first-of-a-kind innovative visual graphics – G-Force and Steering wheel analysis directly over the racing lines. What’s more, thanks to our integrated accelerometers and gyroscopes, RaceCloud is the first ever telemetry system for go-kart that automatically detects and display your brake and turn in points over the racing line. Making it beyond comparison the easiest and fastest way to spot under/oversteer by analysing the changes in the G-Forces and Steering angles, finding the smallest details and the spots defining the racing line itself, taking the root for improvement of your driving skills like is a piece of cake. It is so simple and easy that even your youngest driver will be able to understand it. analysis-9-academy
  • Co-Driver Mode - Being able to make any driver understand and fulfill all your advices and recommendations is the key to developing his driving and making him faster. This won’t be a problem anymore with RaceCloud. Just find the desired brake/turn in/acceleration/etc. points that define the fastest racing line, and afterwards, through the Academy Co-Driver setup in the iOS app create them as guiding points and send them to the Go-Kart BUNDLE so that the system will indicate the driver for every point on the track by the DISPLAY and LEDs on top of it while driving.academy-co-driver
  • Maintenance Timers - No matter if you are a team manager that wants to keep an eye over his chassies and engines or you are a hobby driver that goes on the track only from time to time, the maintenance timers are another one-of-a-kind RaceCloud reserved feature that allows you to keep track of every possible servicing procedure. You will be notified every time when there’s something to check (lubricate the chain, change your engine’s piston, etc,). Just use the pre-defined default timers or even input your own.maintenance-timers

And since RaceCloud is a multi-component solution we are constantly working on improving and upgrading the Go-Kart BUNDLE’s software as well. Thanks to the Over-The-Air functionality, updating your device’s software is as simple as confirming the notification for the available new version and waiting few seconds for it to be downloaded and installed.

To be able to use the new RaceCloud academy your system have to be updated to software version 1.2 which includes:

  • New: Academy session mode
  • New: Customisable Battery Alarm
  • New: GPS detailed information screen
  • New: End session by pressing the two inner buttons on the Display
  • Improved: GPS aiding mechanics changes to better handle indoor/outdoor transitions
  • Improved: Driving for the first time on new track without start/finish line should occur far less often
  • Improved: Control of charging the internal battery, resulting in better time keeping and GPS precision

So, lets get to business – how can you get it? As another compliment for our users we are offering the Academy upgrade for free until the end of 2015 for all the users with a valid basic subscription.

What you need to do?

  • Send us an e-mail on support@racecloud.net with your team name and your desire to participate in the trial of the Academy.
  • Update your RaceCloud iOS Application at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/racecloud/id875842194?ls=1&mt=8
  • Update your Go-Kart BUNDLE: RaceCloud’s Go-Kart BUNDLE, thanks to its connectivity, is equipped with an easy Over-The-Air mechanism that will automatically notify you for an existing software update and will execute the whole procedure just after your confirmation.

As soon as you execute those three simple steps you’ll have the whole new Academy world at your finger tips. You’ll have it for free until the end of 2015 and you’ll be able to decide weather to keep the upgrade afterwards and pay for it or keep the old basic package that you already have.

For more information about all the Academy details explore our website:

RaceCloud Academy launch on 24-th

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Academy_ImageThe strive for creating something special is always generating passionate and emotional approach. That is what we are always using as a driving force for creating all our products and services and RaceCloud Academy is no exception! Helping you understand driving better, get close to the track and experience racing in a whole new way, were the main goals when developing our new features. Combining 21st century technology with the already proven easy-to-use software, the high-precision hardware and adding the high-quality and super-efficient services, RaceCloud Academy, unlike anything else on the market, is not only presenting you with some data and graphics, but highlighting the essential information, visualized in an easy-to-understand manner that will save you time and efforts to put in real racing! Adding some world-first solutions for driver coaching, kart maintenance and team management, RaceCloud Academy is again one step further into the future of motorsports!

If you want to take part in this revolutionary concept explore our website to find out more about:

The Academy features – http://www.racecloud.net/software.html#academy

The Team management system- http://www.racecloud.net/software.html#team

And the different Subscription options - http://www.racecloud.net/services.html

And of course, count with us the days in the remaining week until the official release on September 24-th on the social networks:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/racecloud

Twitter – https://twitter.com/racecloudnet