In MXGP season 2016 FIM introduced an updated sound check. The updated “2 m MAX” test addresses the issue of RPM: the bikes were supposed to rev to maximum RPM when sound level was measured, but there was no way to check if the bikes really reached maximum RPM. Our Race Patrol system enables FIM officials to measure sound level and RPM simultaneously – so they can be sure the bikes really are revving to the limit.
Our Race Patrol system uses a professional sound level meter (SLM) Bruel & Kjaer 2250 L. The SLM measures sound and sends the signal to the “brain” of Race Patrol system. In the first version – it premièred at the MXGP Qatar – the signal was sent via cable. Now we updated it: the signal is now transferred wirelessly – making the system even easier to set up and use. We took the FIM’s system yesterday after testing and updated it in our improvised workshop in our hotel room. Today’s tests were performed with the updated version – successfully. The Race Patrol iOS app was also updated.
The other exciting thing was the première of Race Patrol Lite prototype. It is unbelievably compact and portable. We have managed to shrink Race Patrol system while keeping its core functionality: simultaneous sound level and RPM measurement. And this is just the beginning: we are working on making it even smaller and sexier. The first results with the prototype were great: RPM detection worked perfectly, sound level needed a bit of tweaking, but we nailed it! During practice and qualifying runs we were also doing some pass-by testing – so it was a busy and productive day.
Race Patrol Lite is coming soon: if you would like to be notified of its launch, subscribe here. In the meantime Race Patrol system is available for order.