Today, I ordered an MQGPS-TraQr from MaxQData. This simple unit is secured to the roof of the car under a magnetic cover and can be instantly moved from car to car.
In about the time it takes to weigh a car at impound, the unit can download data to a nearby laptop. After entering the car’s weight, the maximum hp can be calculated, almost instantly. Also, the driver’s maximum hp can be seen on straights and exiting corners.
When ordering the unit, the MaxQData guy told me that a driver in a Touring car series had been checked, and warned. Later, he had tried to hide the car’s power by cracking the throttle a little going down the straights. The MaxQData unit “saw” his power coming off the turns and the driver was disqualified.
We are certainly not ready to disqualify a driver, based only on the MaxQData unit alone, but I will compare the unit’s readings to the VIR dyno this weekend. My car will be the test car and I will share this information with the group here next week. And of course, anyone can watch what we do at VIR. The process will be completely transparent.
If time and funds permit this weekend, we hope to test the unit on other cars as well, to gather more data.
I am also planning to loan the unit to other Spec E30 Regional Series Directors for their use this season. If we feel confident after several tests of the MaxQData unit, the Spec E30 Regional Series Directors and I will establish a maximum hp number for the series, and cars will be tested periodically. My plan includes having a unit for each NASA region that has active Spec E30 cars but that depends on sponsorship and support this year. Jeremy at NASA National and I are working together on additional sponsorship for Spec E30 and these announcements will be posted here.
Spec E30 National Series Director