Clio R6: Byron Tong claimed the win

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Series returnee Byron Tong claimed a comfortable win in 2014 Clio Cup China Series Round 6 ahead of Naomi Schiff. Class B victory went to Ye Xingpin again.

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At the start, Naomi Schiff, who was on pole, was quickly passed by Byron Tong and Chen Wei An. Byron then started to build a huge gap between him and the chasing pack. Naomi Schiff eventually went passed Chen Wei An mid way through the race but was unable to catch Byron and continue her winning streak. Byron Tong won the race with 3.6 seconds margin towards 2nd place Naomi. 3rd went to Chen Wei An, who battled with Yu Kam Cheong until Yu was off track in T14 later in the race.

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Clio Cup China will continue in August at Chengdu.

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Clio Cup China R10 – Zhuhai: Tommy Chan wins, Crowned Champion

Hong Kong driver Tommy Chan finished the season in style by winning the season finale in Zhuhai and being crowned as 2013 Clio Cup China Series Champion. Meanwhile, Ye Xingping claimed a win in Class B.

Drama before the race start as Huang Yi went off during his sighting lap. He would need to start from pit lane. Meanwhile, at the start, Tommy Chan held on to his lead while first time Clio Cup starter Alan Lee made a stunning start and went straight from 5th to 2nd in just one corner. Yu Kam Cheong was behind him in 3rd.

Alan Lee even started to challenge Tommy Chan for the lead in the early stage of the race, but start to fall back at midway and was being attacked by Yu Kam Cheong. Yu Kam Cheong made his move 2 laps from the end and got 2nd. Alan Lee wanted his place back but spun off during a late braking move at Turn 11. He missed the podium place with just 1 lap to go!

Tommy Chan then was unchallenged and took a comfortable win, a perfect end to his season, as he is now the 2013 Champion!

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Yu Kam Cheong took a fine 2nd place, while Byron Tong battled through the field and took 3rd, after starting from the back as a result of his qualifying off. Kenneth Ma also did a great job a got 4th after a fierce battle with Ye Xingping. Ye Xingping were 5th and Class B winner.

Yang Xu had an adventurous race as he spun off in Turn 14 Lap3 and off the track again in the final lap. He the finished in 6th, ahead of Hu Cheng Wei and Benson Wong, who were 2nd and 3rd in Class B. Huang Yi, meanwhile, finished 9th after starting from pit lane.

For the Championship standing, Tommy Chan was the Champion with fellow Hong Kong drivers Byron Tong and Kenneth Ma 1st and 2nd runner-up respectively.

Thanks for joining us for this exciting season! Sea you all in 2014!

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克里欧杯珠海R10: 陈鸿伟完美封王

香港车手陈鸿伟以完美的胜利,结束他的冠军赛季,并正式成为2013克里欧杯中国系列赛全年总冠军。而叶兴平则夺得B组冠军。

比赛开始前发生小插曲。黄毅在热身圈时冲出赛道,只能在维修区起步。正式发车时,陈鸿伟成功保护领先位置进入T1。首次参赛的李卓峰起跑不俗!只消一个弯就从第五追上第二,把余锦昌挤到第三。

李卓峰更在比赛初段尝试挑战陈鸿伟,但比赛中后段开始被甩开,并被余锦昌攻击。余锦昌结果在最后两圈,成功超越,升上第二名。李卓峰力追,但当他在T11尝试超越时,失控打滑出赛道,无奈在比赛只剩最后一圈时退赛。但他首次参赛的好表现仍然为人津津乐道。

陈鸿伟随后轻松冲过终点,成功夺得收官战的冠军,并正式成为2013年的年度总冠军。

余锦昌成绩不错,得到亚军。唐绍裘从尾位发车,结果成功追上第三。同样在后排发车的马汉华,在与叶兴平激烈缠斗后得到第四。叶兴平第五,并得到B组冠军。

中国车手杨旭今场比赛出现两次意外。他首先在T14高速失控,再在最后一圈冲出赛道。结果得到第六。胡成伟和黄炜邦分夺第七、第八,并B组的亚、季军。黄毅在维修区起步后只得一席第九。

总成绩方面,陈鸿伟一支独秀,得到全年总冠军。香港车手唐绍裘和马汉华则得到总亚军和总季军。

感谢各位关注今年的克里欧赛事,我们2014年再见!

More info: http://www.grid-motorsport.co/

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Grid GT Academy – Ferrari 360 GT

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As our ever expanding range in the Grid Racing Academy, we welcome the new expansion into the world of GT, with the entry level of Ferrari 360 GT. We will be offering this GT spec car in out “All Star Academy”, where you will be about to drive in all the most popular types of race cars on offer all in an intensive and exciting one-day program:

– GT Class: Ferrari 360 GT

– Formula Class: Formula Renault 2.0

– Touring Class: Clio Cup Race Car

Booking and More info: info@grid-motorsport.co

Ferrari 360 GT

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Ever since 1993, Ferrari’s V8 mid-engined berlinetta models have provided the ideal basis for a single-make racing series that has demonstrated itself the ideal springboard for many Ferrari drivers to further motor sports experience.

With the launch of the 360 Modena Challenge in 2000, the level of competitiveness of the Ferrari Challenge series took a huge step forward. Along with the F50, the 360 Modena was instrumental in pushing the boundaries of road-car production ever closer to the company’s racing roots, with uncompromising engineering and, in particular, levels of aerodynamic development previously unheard of on a series production car.

Early development work on the Challenge version of the car was extremely promising, with the 360 proving lighter, faster and sharper-handling than the outgoing F355.

Since the introduction of the 360 Modena, Ferrari has received numerous requests for factory-prepared cars for other international championships. With the help of factory backing, the JMB Competition team 360 fought off the Porsche competition to take the 2001 FIA N-GT World Championship team and drivers’ titles.

On the strength of this showing, Ferrari has decided to produce a specific model – the 360 GT – derived from the Challenge car for privateers in the FIA N-GT and A.C.O. (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) championships in 2002. Production will be strictly limited to around 30 cars over the next three years and the ex-factory price (ie. excluding tax and delivery) is 382,000 Euros for the FIA version, and 402,000 Euros for the ACO version. The two versions differ exclusively for the aerodynamic packages and, in the case of the FIA car, the adoption of the F1-style shift.

自1993年起,法拉利的V8中置发动机跑车为统一规格系列赛车活动提供了理想基础,成为许多法拉利驾驶者更进一步追求运动跑车体验的绝佳平台。

随着2000年360 Modena Challenge的推出,法拉利Challenge系列的竞争级别就更上了一层楼。360 Modena与F50一起,凭借其毫不妥协的工程特性,有力推动了公路版跑车的生产,甚至接近于法拉利公司作为立身之本的赛车生产,尤其是其在空气动力学 领域的水平,在先前所有量产车基础上达到了前所未有的飞跃。

该车型Challenge版本的早期开发工作成果颇丰,与逐渐隐退的F355相比,360重量更轻、速度更快并且更易于操控。

自推出360 Modena之后,法拉利收到了许多请求,要求工厂准备赛车参加其它国际锦标赛。在工厂的支持下,JMB车队驾驶360击败保时捷(Porsche)车队,赢得2001 FIA N-GT世界锦标赛车队和车手总冠军称号。

在这场胜利之后,法拉利决定生产一款特别的车型 – 360 GT – 源自Challenge车型,供2002年FIA N-GT和A.C.O. (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) 锦标赛中的车手们驾驶参赛。产量在之后三年中严格限制为30辆,出厂价 (不包括税收和运送费用)FIA版本为382,000欧元,ACO版本为402,000欧元。两个版本的空气动力套件有所不同,FIA版本的车型采用了 F1风格的换挡。

Engine
Type rear, longitudinal 90° V8
Bore/stroke 85 x 79 mm
Unitary displacement 448.29 cc
Total displacement 3586.20 cc
Compression ratio 11:1
Maximum power 316 kW (430 hp) at 8500 rpm
Power per litre 120 hp/l
Maximum torque 377 Nm (38.5 kgm) at 5000 rpm
Valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, five valves per cylinder
Fuel feed Bosch electronic injection
Ignition Bosch electronic, single spark plug per cylinder
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch single-plate
Chassis
Frame aluminium spaceframe
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Brakes discs
Transmission electro-hydraulic F1 6-speed + reverse
Steering rack-and-pinion
Fuel tank capacity 100 litres
Front tyres 265/645 x 18
Rear tyres 305/680 x 18

Grid Drift Academy Hot Entry – Denise Yeung 楊嘉怡

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Denise Yeung, the hottest growing racing driver from Hong Kong joined our Grid Drifting Academy.

With her well developed touring car experience, she worked through the basic technique exercise with ease, and proceeded to more complex drift driving involving a combination of drift technique to complete a simulated drift track.

楊嘉怡,來自香港的賽車新星參加入了Grid飄移學院。

她的房車賽經驗,讓她輕鬆的通過基本技術練習,並且進行了一個更複雜的模擬漂移賽道練習。

VBox HD testing Asia Formula Renault in Zhuhai

Winter in Zhuhai is the perfect weather for testing, apart from the Clio Cup race car testing, we are running the Formula Renault 2.0l in preparation for the 2014 season. The formula Renault gives an extraordinary racing experience at a reasonable cost, it is a great car and series for new comers to join. As a training tool we are using the new VBox HD video and data logger for reviewing the driver’s performance and using it as training material for improving their technique and lap time.

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Designed with Motorsport in mind, the new VBOX HD gives you crisp, high definition images supported by high quality GPS data captured at 10 times per second.

The superfast, 720p global shutter CMOS sensor totally eliminates distortion caused by vibration or fast paced action which normally arises from using a rolling shutter, whilst its tiny size camera it extremely versatile and discrete.

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Features

  • 10Hz GPS data logger
  • 720p30 HD camera
  • Global shutter CMOS sensor
  • Records to SD card
  • Predictive Lap Timing (with OLED display)
  • Graphic overlay in post-processing
  • MP4 video & audio recording
  • Internal tank circuit for reliable recording
  • Powerful data analysis software
  • Up to 32 CAN channel inputs
  • USB 2.0 interface

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VBOX HD Setup software allows you to create scenes from scratch or edit the default scenes provided, adding bar graphs, rotary gauges, text elements, pictures and track maps in HD.

  • Full WYSIWYG editor
  • Total gauge and needle design freedom
  • Large library of trackmaps
  • PNG, GIF, JPEG image import
  • Lap feature – BEST, CURRENT, LAST
  • Gauges, text and bar graphs can be associated with any logged parameter
  • X & Y G-force, time, height, vertical velocity displayed in any format
  • Free VBOX HD Setup /Circuit Tools training available

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Camera Specifications

  • Sensor: CMOS global shutter progressive
  • Sensor size: 1/3″
  • Sensor resolution: 1.3 Mega pixels
  • Lens: 60°
  • Resolution: 1280×720
  • Frame rate: 30fps
  • Dynamic Range: 61.3 dB
  • Cable length: 3m
  • Size: 56.75mm length, Ø 21mm
  • Camera Mounting: Standard 1/4″ UNC mounting thread
  • Operating temperature: -30°C to +70°C

Recorder Specifications

  • Size: 132 x 126.3 x 37mm (w x l x h)
  • Media type: SD HC card or SDXC card (max. 128GB /FAT32)
  • Video codec: h.264
  • Video output: HD or analogue composite
  • Audio codec: AAC
  • Audio sampling frequency: 48kHz mono
  • Bit rate: 10+ Mbps
  • External power: 6-30v, approx. 7 Watts
  • External audio: 3.5mm jack input
  • GPS time stamp: 10 updates per second
  • Operating temperature: -10°C to +55°C
  • Storage temperature: -20°C to +60°C
  • Weight: 266g

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Coming Soon: VBox Lap Timer (Stand Alone OLED Display) – Q1, 2014


VBox Lap Timer (Stand Alone OLED Display)

We have seen and used the Video VBox accessory OLED multifunction display, it was the perfect tool for immediate feed back to the driver on their driving. Even more of the perfect tool for Endurance racing where every constant second throughout the lap times wins or loses the race. Also a perfect companion for qualifying, seeing how much time you are gaining or losing to your best lap.

Now this tool is even more accessible as we launch the Stand Alone version of the OLED display – VBox Lap Timer.

As the name states it’s a stand alone system for recording GPS data with it’s OLED display, as a bonus you can also keep using this display if you decided to upgrade to the Video VBox system as a Plug and Play accessory.

Pre-order yours now, email to: info@grid-motorsport.co

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Instant driver feedback for real-time driver development

Track time is expensive, so finding the best lines and vehicle setup as quickly as possible is very important to both professional and amateur drivers. Predictive lap timing can play a major part in achieving this, especially if it is derived from ever more reliable GPS.

What is predictive lap timing?

Predictive lap timing has been available for some time, but traditional methods have generally relied on a distance measurement (normally from a wheel speed sensor input) for calculation. However, distances lap-to-lap almost always change: either by trying different lines, overtaking other cars, or perhaps by locking a wheel. Predicting a lap time accurately using this variable is nigh-on impossible, and is exacerbated on longer circuits.

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Unrivalled accuracy using GPS

We employ GPS position from a fast updating data logger rather than distance to align the reference and comparison laps. Whilst GPS position may only be accurate to a few metres, a typical average race speed would be well in excess of 30m/s, minimising any errors to around 1/10th of a second.

This offers unrivalled accuracy even if the driver takes a completely different line each lap. The system will maintain 0.1s precision the entire way around any circuits, including very long circuits such as the Nurburgring or Spa.

The technology has been built into our high brightness OLED dashboard display, which can be connected to the Video VBOX product range. It is also a feature of our Performance Meters.

It provides drivers with accurate, real-time lap comparison, and it works at any track. You do not need any external beacons, and there is no setting up required.

Predictive lap timing adds another element to data logging, as drivers have a real-time comparison of their current lap against their previously recorded best lap – so they will always be trying to beat it. It means they can judge the effectiveness of different lines and get immediate feedback on the graphical display of how much time they’re losing or gaining.

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How accurate is it?

As an example, we can study the two best laps during a race from a professional driver around the 1.6 mile Silverstone National Circuit in the UK.

The rolling distance variation was 11.6m even though the lap time difference was only 0.06s. This equates to an analysis alignment error of 0.3s, and this is around a very short track, with a very good driver. On a longer track with a less consistent driver, this error can easily grow to over 1s!

However, by using GPS position, the timing error between these laps is virtually eliminated. GPS means that the time can be kept accurate to within 1/10th of a second.

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Testimonial

The real time nature of predictive lap timing makes it great for honing racing skills and getting an immediate impression of how much time you are losing or gaining.

It’s good for working on techniques such as slip-streaming, because slight adjustments show up immediately in the display. It’s also invaluable where there are a variety of different lines that you can take.

On the banked Homestead Circuit at Miami, I was able to see instantly which line along the long banked corner was quickest.

Nigel Greensall, professional racing driver and coach

New SmartyCam HD testing with Formula Renault at Zhuhai


More info: http://www.grid-motorsport.co/products/smartycam-hd-camera-designed-for-motorsport

SmartyCamHD – Asia Formula Renault at Zhuhai Camera Designed for Motorsport

Since our initial test with SmartyCam HD at Macau Grand Prix, we’re back with testing with Asia Formula Renault at Zhuhai International Circuit. This new data overlay video recorder was very handy installed on on the roll hoop of the formula car. As the Formula Renault are running on AIM Evo3 datalogger, it would be possible to overlay even more data on the video, stay tuned for more updates.

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Why go on track with a generic action-camera?

SmartyCam HD has been designed for motorsports, by people exactly like you, who have spent their life on the track. SmartyCam HD was designed with a single purpose: providing great videos that include all the technical information that will help you improve your performance. All this comes in the most robust and reliable system ever.

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Real Time Data Overlay on Video

SmartyCam HD automatically overlays on videos all the data you need: speed, RPM, lap number, gear shifts and much more. Simply choose the data and the graphic layout you prefer in the huge selection of overlays available.

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Automatic Start/Stop

You are on the starting grid, ready to sprint, your adrenaline reaching the climax: the last thing you can worry about is… switching on the camera. You have other things to worry about. SmartyCam HD is aware of that. That is why it switches on/off automatically and starts/stops recording the same way.

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Engine rumble causes vibrations, which are not a good thing for video recording. Never again will you experience that seasick “wave effect” you get when watching videos recorded by a generic camera, when the car rolls at 7000 RPM. SmartyCam HD has been designed for that environment and for those vibrations. “Wave effect” is just a memory.

Proprietary Lenses Designed for Motorsports

A lens specifically designed for motorsports must be robust, must be able to work when the engine rolls 100 times per second, and have good resolution and brightness. But above all a lens designed for motorsports must reduce distortion, which is a typical problem of lenses used by generic action-cameras: objects placed at ten meters’ distance look very far, making it impossible to accurately determine whether the track is straight or curved.

SmartyCam HD telecentric lens with six elements reduces distortion to the minimum and will withstand track vibrations for years.

Front Mount Color TFT Display for In-car Installation

On-board cameras are to be installed inside the car. Where should the display be placed to check the correct position of the camera? The SmartyCam HD 128×128 pixel TFT color display is on the front, not on rear – where general cameras place the viewfinder.

High-quality Small-size video files

HD cameras competition is focused on the highest pixel number. The result is that their video files are far too large, taking too much memory. SmartyCam HD videos have the same quality as other HD cameras but their files are smaller because the H264 compression system parameters have been optimized to a perfect balance between video quality and file size. You can choose among three video file quality levels: one-hour recording takes 4GB (high quality), 2GB (normal) or 1,5GB (low).

Files are stored on SD cards: with current SD cards reaching 128GB capacity, you can record more than 30 hours of high-quality videos without changing the card.

Designed to Withstand Extreme On-track Working Conditions

An on-board camera designed for motorsports must guarantee great resistance against the extreme working conditions typical of track racing and against the most adverse weather, such as: strong and prolonged vibrations, storms, continuous rain, and extreme high and low temperatures.

That is why SmartyCam HD is made in machinery molded aluminum, just like many competition car parts.

Compact, Handy and Easy to Install

Its small size (87x63x48mm) and light weight (just 250g) make SmartyCam HD easy to install inside your car or on your bike.

Technical specifications
Video format  H.264 1280×700 pixel @ 30 fps
Display resolution  128×128 pixel
Lens  Telecentric with 6 elements
Angle of view  67° and 84°
Internal battery  Rechargeable lithium battery – 1.040 mAh
Battery charge  700 mAh 12V
Battery duration  70 ‘- 80’ of recording
External power  9-15 Volt
Memory  Up to 128 Gb
Memory capability  1.5 Gb (1 hour low quality recording)
2 Gb (1 hour medium quality recording)
4 Gb (1 hour high quality recording)
Accelerometer  Tri-axial ± 5G
Usage temperatures  -10°C/+60°C
Auto Power ON  Yes, if connected to an AiM logger
Auto Power OFF  Yes
Auto Start/Stop Recording  Yes
Dimensions  87x63x48 mm
Weight  250 g, battery included
Waterproof  IP67

In the box:

SmartyCam HD (1)
4 Gb SD card (2)
CAN cable (3) or external power cable (4)
Battery charger (5)
USB/AC power adapter (6)
CD for software installation (7)