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Re: Performance Trends Newsletter (updates)

To: Visitors to Performance Trends Website

Subject: Product News/Updates, Nov 2010

  1. Preliminary Suspension Analyzer v2.4 Available
  2. Trade Shows Coming Up in Indy and Orlando
  3. The Racer's Resource Evaluating our DataMite for Short Track Racing
  4. Another Customer's Trick DIY Motorcycle Inertia Dyno
  5. Tech Help in Finland
  6. Last September's Newsletter


1)  We've had requests for many new features in our popular Suspension Analyzer program.  We've been working on this for most of 2010, and we're ready to release a preliminary version 2.4.  Like all our demos, it will run for 10 days FREE for you to check out the new features.  Major new features include:

Added several new types of Rear Suspensions, including:
Torque Tube Live Axle
Torque Arm Live Axle
Trailing Arm and Semi Trailing Arm Independent
5 Link Independent
'Decoupled' Live Axle (bird cage)
Added 'Four Link' features. These features lets you enter all holes for all 4 link brackets and see all possible combinations, and how each combination will affect anti-squat and roll steer. 
Added 'Virtual Scales' features.  By clicking on the 'Adjust' drop down menu, you have a new choice of "Corner Weights (virtual scales)". This feature has 3 different methods of adjusting corner weights:
Turning 'Jacking Screws', which changes the preload on the suspension springs on the 4 corners of the vehicle and typically affects Cross Weight only.
Changing Tire Size, which changes the preload on the suspension springs on the 4 corners of the vehicle and typically affects Cross Weight only.
Changing Ballast, by adding weight to or removing weight from a certain location of the car, or by moving weight from it's current location to some new location.
Watts link pivot can now be mounted on either the axle or the frame of the car.
Program now highlights the appropriate cell in the spreadsheet when you click on a point in the layout drawing.
Added 'Bigger' Preference so you can select to make the layout drawing bigger for easier viewing.
Now all versions have the Ball Joint Wizard for more accurately calculating the location of the center of rotation of the ball joint. 

Four Link Screens
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Virtual Scales Screen
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Ball Joint Wizard
Suspension Analyzer Ball Joint Wizard.gif (17362 bytes) (click on image to enlarge)

Click on the blue link below for a more complete list of new features:


Click on the blue link below to download the demo for a 10 day trial period.  The demo installs to a different location than your old Suspension Analyzer, so don't worry about this download screwing up what you already have:


As usual, we'll probably be doing some additional refinements over the next months.  You will be able to download these for free if you buy the v2.4 update.  This update is FREE to anyone who purchased the Suspension Analyzer v2.0 in November 2010, but $75 to anyone owning v2.0 prior to this.  If you own v1.1, it is $100.  If this is a new purchase, the full retail price remains $249 for Basic, $399 for Full Vehicle (front and rear suspension), and $599 for Full Vehicle with Data Logger features.  Check the table below for a summary.

Note:  If anyone has example suspension files you are confident are accurate, we'd like to include them in this update.  If you have something you want to share with others, this could get you a discount toward this update.  We can also include your name, company name, email address, etc in the comments as the source.  This is some great, free advertising.

You own... Update/upgrade price to SA v2.4
Suspension Analyzer v2.0 (any), bought in Nov 2010 FREE
Suspension Analyzer v2.0 (full vehicle & data logger), bought prior to Nov 2010 $75
Suspension Analyzer v2.0 (basic), bought prior to Nov 2010 $50
Suspension Analyzer v1.1 (full vehicle & data logger) $100
Suspension Analyzer v1.1 (basic) $60
Basic Suspension Analyzer (v1.1/v2.0) to Full Vehicle v2.4 upgrade/update $175
Basic Suspension Analyzer (v1.1/v2.0) to Full Vehicle w Data Logger v2.4 upgrade/update $375
No Suspension Analyzer - Basic, a new purchase $249
No Suspension Analyzer - Full Vehicle, a new purchase $399
No Suspension Analyzer - Full Vehicle w Data Logger, a new purchase $599
4 Link Calculator, Circle Track Analyzer, Roll Center Calculator (any versions) $65 discount


2)  Trade Shows Coming Up in Indy and Orlando  You still have time to arrange attending some of the Motorsports trade shows coming up in early December.  This year we're doing 2 trade shows, the PRI show in Orlando (which we've always done) and the new IMIS show in Indianapolis.

International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) Trade Show Dec 1-3  This is only the 2nd year for this show, but we've heard good things about it.  This will be our first year for attending, and we're in Booth 2339, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Check out their website at www.imis-indy.com or call 317-429-1004 to register for attending.

Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, Dec 9-11  This is known as the worlds largest "hardcore" motorsports trade show, the PRI show in Orlando, Florida. We'll be in booth 5578, part of SuperFlow's "Test World".  Stop by and see what new things we have for 2011. You must make reservations to attend, so call PRI at 949-499-5413 in California to make them.


3)  The Racer's Resource Evaluating our DataMite for Short Track Racing   Several print magazine guys have started a website for short track (circle track) dirt and asphalt racers:   www.theracersresource.com  There you can get the latest news, race results, and tech info.  The also have a Racer's Sweepstakes contest drawing every month, where you can enter for free.

Well, they've started a series on using data acquisition on a short track late model, and they've chosen our DataMite III.  It's equipped with GPS and several shock sensors, steering sensor, etc.  They will be documenting their progress with a series of videos.  The first one was just released.  Click on the following link to view it:

theracersresourcevideo1.jpg (110017 bytes)

If you've got suggestions on what they should investigate, questions to try to answer, or other ideas, they would be happy to hear from you.  Contact Roger Mealey at roger@theracersresource.com


4)  Another Customer's Trick DIY Motorcycle Inertia Dyno   Mark Powell of Greenbank, Australia purchased a DataMite III for his motorcycle, chassis inertia dynamometer.  Like many of our customers, they create some really creative, professional "do it yourself" dynos for our Dyno DataMites to work with.  Check out Mark's and other customer's dynos at this link:   http://performancetrends.com/CustomerDynos.htm   You may get some ideas on how to build  your own dyno.  If you can  build  the mechanical part, we can add the electronics and software for as little as $499.  Click the following link for typical package prices:  http://performancetrends.com/DataMitePricesOnly.htm#Package_Prices

Mark  Powell Chassis Dyno 1.jpg (88308 bytes) (click image to enlarge, more pics on website)

If you've built a dyno or just added our DataMite to your existing dyno, send us your pics and we'll post them.  They all help others get ideas, and (if you want) you can include your email address.  Someone may want you to work with them to build  their own dyno, or just get your ideas.  Click on the following link to send us an email with your picture files attached:  tech@performancetrends.com  


5)  Tech Help in Finland   One of our early customers for a Dyno DataMite system was Jarmo Ylipelkonen of Finland.  Since then he's been involved with several more DataMites being set up in Finland.  He recently mentioned that he'd be willing to help other DataMite owners get up and running.  So, if you live in Finland and need some tech help on your Dyno DataMite system, try contacting Jarmo at jarmoylipelkonen@luukku.com   Obviously we are still available to help all our customers who need technical assistance.  However, Jarmo's Finnish is much better than ours.


6) Last September's Newsletter  Here are the topics covered in our previous newsletter.  If you would like another copy of September 2010's newsletter for detail on these topics, visit our website at: http://www.performancetrends.com/news.htm#newsletters

  1. Trade Shows Coming Up in Indy and Orlando
  2. New DataMite Data Logger Features (Dyno and Vehicle Systems)
  3. Valve Spring Tester Software Bug Fix
  4. Are You Up To Date?  (list of our latest versions)
  5. Last July's Newsletter