I've owned my Traqmate Complete system with Display Unit for since late 2007 I believe. I previously had a demo in at a local track from an authorized dealer after he installed it in my car for a session. Really neat stuff I thought. The next year I decided to splurge for the setup as I was moving into NASA TT (Time Trials) and was more and more concerned with lowering my laptimes.
Fastforward to 2010 where I had been competing in NASA TT for 3 years. I had racked up several wins and a handful of track records. Thanks to my traqmate I was able to learn where I was losing and gaining time in comparison to previous trips to the track as well as my friends data. I had started to rely heavily on the newer Qualifying mode as well. Using the optional suction cup mount my unit was a fixture in my front windshield. However through the cold nights and hot days sometimes the suction cup need to be removed and reapplied. There's been a few times it was slid down and I have had to grab it and secure it in the glovebox or something...
At a July 2010 event I was out for a morning session at Autobahn Country Club's South Course. On my first hotlap I flew into a tight right-hander and my suction cup let go! I watched in agony as my Traqmate Display unit slowly slid across my dash, detached itself from the connection wire and literally flew out of the driver's side window! On my next lap I approached the same turn (turn 7) expecting to see a possible debris flag and some crunchy pieces of my unit at the edge of the track - but the track was clear. I kept turning laps and I eventually spotted my Display Unit - with the Suction Cup still attached - about 2 feet off the corner just after the red/white burm. It hadn't yet been squashed but it was in a prime location to get ran over by a late corner exit.
I noticed the NASA officials after my session and told them what had happened. It was more of a funny story at this point as I did not think I'd ever get back anything but maybe a handful of broken pieces. The day continued and I was back out on track a few hours later and was able to spot my Traqmate still surviving in the same spot. I couldn't tell if it had moved, but it still looked to be in 1 piece. Later still during the lunchhour I had a NASA official walk over to my paddock area and ask me if I'd lost anything and started laughing. I said 'yes' and told him the sad story and how I'd be ordering a new DU. He then showed me what was behind his back - MY DU! Seriously! I hooked it back up and it still worked! Now the data from that session did not save because it was shutoff midstream, but it worked the rest of the day. And it's worked ever since; for another year and counting!
Thanks for making a good product and can take a small beating!
Traqmate helped me take 2 seconds off my Road Atlanta Lap!
Dan Parker - JP Class BMW
Excellent data acquisition for the money!
Excellent data acquisition for the money. Helped me to see that I was screwing up the button hook at TWS on 30% of my laps during the last race. Not good when your competitor get that corner right most of the time. Now I know to focus in practice/qualifying on that corner to get it right 100% of the time and put myself in a position to pounce on my competitors mistake.
Did I mention the fact that you don't have to put up a beacon for your lap timer anymore? GPS is great!!!
Tim Evans - MiataRacing.com
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Guy Cosmo - Pro DriverTraqmate is Awesome!
Anyone considering getting data acq. should do it. I'm just slowly learning how to use the software and it's already extremely useful. I just spent 3 days at Watkins looking at the data after every session or two and was able to find exactly where I was losing speed; things I never would've figured out on my own. After a couple tweaks in my line I cut a 2:13.148, which I'm pretty happy with. I still have plenty of sessions to look at and hopefully find other places where I can improve. I'll load up the graphs onto the Traqmate site soon.
Anyway, point being is that it's a great tool. If you've progressed through the DE ranks and really haven't learned anything new in awhile, look into this.
Jesse Clark- Defending HPDE ChampionThe product is mind blowing! Thank You
The service which you provided to me was second to none.. excellent advice, professional service and a very quick international service.
The product is mind blowing and has enabled me to see how I can improve my driving ability, where to make-up lost time and ultimately how to improve. Your documentation is excellent and the product is exactly what I needed.
Credit where it is due - Everyone who has seen the installation, results and analysis is amazed. Keep up the development and thank you so much for the excellent service.
StevenBest investment I have ever made
This has been an incredible season for SMS racing with 18 class wins, a NASA ST-1 National Championship, an ALMS GT support race win, SCCA Regional/National win and a North American Road Racing Viper League win. The Traqmate system worked so well all year, that we were able to find more and more ways to utilize the information to shave lap times. I have been autocrossing and road racing for more than 25 years and Traqmate is the best single investment that I have ever made in terms of verifying or disproving theory's of what will bring down lap times. Congratulations on an outstanding product.