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Kaaz Race Monitor - Garage Tech

Japan's Hottest Visual Data Logging System

Scott Tsuneishi
May 1, 2008 SHARE
0805_turp_03_z+kaaz+race_monitor Photo 1/13   |   Kaaz Race Monitor - Garage Tech

Kaaz Corporation, manufacturer and supplier of limited slip differentials for street performance and racing across the globe, recently entered the world of automotive electronics with the debut of its visual data logging system dubbed the Race Monitor. The Race Monitor is designed as a true plug-and-play unit that allows the end user to capture video footage on the racetrack while recording data in real time. Although the Kaaz Race Monitor is deceptive in appearance with its simple box layout construction, this unique data logging system allows users to continuously monitor and record vehicle speed, engine revs, lap time, acceleration and deceleration and lateral g-force while driving or drifting on the track. The Race Monitor's video output source can even be connected to a car's TV or navigation screen, enabling the driver to view lap times without ever having to leave the comfort of the car.

0805_turp_10_z+kaaz_race_monitor+connections Photo 2/13   |   The main body of the Kaaz Race Monitor uses a series of easy-to-install plugs that can be attached in less than a few minutes time. The main cable connector feeds the cigarette power adapter, speed pulse and tach output wires, CCD camera power supply and communication cable connector. Installing the GPS harness clip and lap time sensor connector can be easily accomplished without the aid of any tools. Race Monitor owners can use the supplied lap time sensor or connect their own P-LAP II/III personal timing system.

While you rumble around your favorite track, the data-logged information is automatically processed through the Race Monitor and overlaid to a video camera (used as a recording device only) to replay at a later time. Although the Race Monitor isn't a true data logger system-it doesn't use specialized software and cannot be connected to a laptop or PC computer-its monitoring of real-time data through the Race Monitor and into your portable camcorder offers detailed information for drivers trying to improve driving technique or check the balance and condition of the car during heated runs. Included within the kit is a state-of-the-art Sony 27-megapixel CCD camera that works in conjunction with the video camera provided. The palm-sized CCD camera allows the unit to be mounted in virtually any area of the vehicle's cabin, ranging from the rollcage to a harness bar mount.

Obtaining a 12-volt source is as simple as plugging the provided power cord into the cigarette lighter. For the more hard-core enthusiasts who have removed their cancer-causing apparatus, they can use the direct connection method by cutting and splicing the power and ground cables on the cigarette plug cord to tap directly into the IGN or ACC power supply.


0805_turp_12_z+kaaz_race_monitor+plugs Photo 3/13   |   The supplied dipswitches located to the left of the box can be set to accommodate your vehicle and owner's preference. Dipswitches one to three are modified when the speed and tach signal is custom tailored for a specific make and model of a vehicle. Positioning switch six changes the acceleration display range (1.5 to 2 g's) dependant on car specs and running conditions. Switch seven changes the language from English to Japanese, while switch eight changes the setting when lap times are measured by one of three points (depending on a circuit that requires three-point measurements).

While the Kaaz Race Monitor has been successfully designed to work with factory ECM and a majority of stand-alone units, the only stand-alone system that poses any problems is the A'PEXi Power FC. The Power FC displays a different signal that renders the Race Monitor incompatible at the moment. Kaaz engineers are currently in the process of engineering the Race Monitor to make the two communicate. The Kaaz Race Monitor is sold as a complete kit that comes with the monitor unit, GPS antenna (used in cars without a speed input wire to the ECU), CCD camera, lap sensor, PLAP II/III adapter cable, zip ties, wires, connectors and detailed instructions.

Kaaz Corporation, manufacturer and supplier of limited slip differentials for street performance and racing across the globe, recently entered the world of automotive electronics with the debut of its visual data logging system dubbed the Race Monitor. The Race Monitor is designed as a true plug-and-play unit that allows the end user to capture video footage on the racetrack while recording data in real time. Although the Kaaz Race Monitor is deceptive in appearance with its simple box layout construction, this unique data logging system allows users to continuously monitor and record vehicle speed, engine revs, lap time, acceleration and deceleration and lateral g-force while driving or drifting on the track. The Race Monitor's video output source can even be connected to a car's TV or navigation screen, enabling the driver to view lap times without ever having to leave the comfort of the car.

0805_turp_18_z+kaaz_race_monitor+cable Photo 7/13   |   Using the GPS antenna allows the vehicle owner to accurately monitor the vehicle speed without having to tap into the pulse signals from the vehicle, assuming the track has the necessary equipment already implemented. The GPS unit required us to place the magnetic unit onto the doorsill due to the aluminum roof structure of the Evo.

While you rumble around your favorite track, the data-logged information is automatically processed through the Race Monitor and overlaid to a video camera (used as a recording device only) to replay at a later time. Although the Race Monitor isn't a true data logger system-it doesn't use specialized software and cannot be connected to a laptop or PC computer-its monitoring of real-time data through the Race Monitor and into your portable camcorder offers detailed information for drivers trying to improve driving technique or check the balance and condition of the car during heated runs. Included within the kit is a state-of-the-art Sony 27-megapixel CCD camera that works in conjunction with the video camera provided. The palm-sized CCD camera allows the unit to be mounted in virtually any area of the vehicle's cabin, ranging from the rollcage to a harness bar mount.

Obtaining a 12-volt source is as simple as plugging the provided power cord into the cigarette lighter. For the more hard-core enthusiasts who have removed their cancer-causing apparatus, they can use the direct connection method by cutting and splicing the power and ground cables on the cigarette plug cord to tap directly into the IGN or ACC power supply.

While the Kaaz Race Monitor has been successfully designed to work with factory ECM and a majority of stand-alone units, the only stand-alone system that poses any problems is the A'PEXi Power FC. The Power FC displays a different signal that renders the Race Monitor incompatible at the moment. Kaaz engineers are currently in the process of engineering the Race Monitor to make the two communicate. The Kaaz Race Monitor is sold as a complete kit that comes with the monitor unit, GPS antenna (used in cars without a speed input wire to the ECU), CCD camera, lap sensor, PLAP II/III adapter cable, zip ties, wires, connectors and detailed instructions.

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Kaaz USA
Garden Grove, CA 92843
714-554-4333
http://www.kaazusa.com
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