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Re: Performance Trends Newsletter (updates)

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Subject: Product News/Updates, Oct 2012

  1. DataMite v4.1 Software Released
  2. Blog Post:  Suspension Analyzer fixed Bump Steer Problem
  3. Printing Bugs fixed in Engine Log Book
  4. One of our Face Book followers will WIN!
  5. Trade Shows Coming Up in Indy and Orlando
  6. Last September's Newsletter


1)  DataMite v4.1 Software Released  We've released a new v4.1 of our DataMite Analyzer software, for our Dyno, Drag Race and Road Race/Circle Track versions of our DataMite data loggers.  The new v4.1 does not have as many new features and options as we typically have with a new software release.  But we had to release it now to provide some new features for the new, bigger DataMite 4 logger.  Version 4.1 is shipping with all new DataMite orders.  The good news is if you get the v4.1 software, you will be able to get all the 4.1 updates free as we release them over the next couple of years.

The DataMite 4 has 2 digital output channels, which the DataMite Analyzer v4.1 software lets you take advantage of.  
Turn on or off various devices via relays at certain conditions, like a fan when a temperature goes above a certain limit
Shift light at a particular RPM
Engine rev limiter
Engine over speed cutoff
Low oil pressure engine cutoff
And most any other logic you can imagine

This screen shows how you can set up a digital output channel
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The Drag Race DataMite 4 also has the ability to precisely determine the response time between a transbrake or clutch signal and a particular acceleration G level.  This can help you determine how consistent your vehicle is at launching.

This screen shows how you can set up the acceleration timer
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This screen shows where this response time will appear in your Drag Race Log Book results 
inside the Pro version of Drag Race DataMite program
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Note:  If you already own a DataMite 4, you may have to return it to us to have it reflashed to take advantage of these features. 

  for our downloads page. The v4.1 demos are available on this page.  You will not see huge changes in v4.1 over v3.7 yet.

IMPORTANT:  If you install any of these v4.1 demos over the top of your existing working v3.7, it will turn your v3.7 into a 4.1 demo.  If you do not purchase v4.1, you will need to reinstall your v3.7 to get your v3.7 working again.

You own... Update Cost Basic Update Cost for Pro
Drag Race DataMite v3.7 $75 (pn DTM-SUB) $100 (pn DTM-SUP)
Drag Race DataMite v3.2 or earlier $100 (pn DTM-SUB2) $150 (pn DTM-SUP2)
Dyno DataMite v3.7 $75 (pn DTM-SUB) $100 (pn DTM-SUP)
Dyno DataMite v3.2 or earlier $100 (pn DTM-SUB2) $150 (pn DTM-SUP2)
Road Race/Circle Track DataMite v3.7 $75 (pn DTM-SUB) $100 (pn DTM-SUP)
Road Race/Circle Track DataMite v3.2 or earlier $100 (pn DTM-SUB2) $150 (pn DTM-SUP2)


2)  Blog Post:  Suspension Analyzer fixed Bump Steer Problem  Blaine Ramey has been campaigning his Cobra Jet Mustang for a couple of years now.  Recently he used our Suspension Analyzer to solve a suspension problem he encountered after modifying his front suspension to accommodate a different oil pan.  The problem turned out to be a Bump Steer issue, and it was easily solved with Suspension Analyzer and shock travel data from his Drag Race DataMite 4 logger.  Bump Steer is the condition where the tires unintentionally "toe" in or out (steer) as the suspension moves up and down (bumps).

Problem Setup, showing Severe Bump Steer
Blaine Toe In.gif (17221 bytes)  (click image to enlarge it)

Problem Fixed:  Bump Steer Graph showing much less Bump Steer
Blaine Bump Steer Graph.gif (42378 bytes) (click image to enlarge it)

for the complete blog post with 8 pictures.


3)  Printing Bugs fixed in Engine Log Book  A user just reported a problem printing a particular screen in our Engine Log Book.  We looked into it and confirmed it was a real printing bug.  While we were at it, we uncovered a couple of other printing issues.  They were not real bugs, but printing inconveniences.  If you own Engine Log Book, you can update to the latest version for FREE.  

Engine Log Book Bore Taper Graph
Engine Log Book Bore Taper Graph.GIF (68006 bytes)  (click image to enlarge it)

If you are an engine builder and do not own the Engine Log Book, you may want to look into it.  Not only does it keep track of your engine build data, it has some calculations not found in our other programs.  It also "talks to" our Compression Ratio Calculator for added ease of use.

Engine Log Book Math Screen
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  to see all the Engine Log Book's features.

  to see Readme.doc file showing what the latest changes are for the Engine Log Book.

  to download the latest version of Engine Log Book v1.1 A.039.  This is not critical, but when asked, select to do a Refresh installation instead of a Complete (typical) installation. 


4)  One of our Face Book followers will WIN!  We're getting a large number of followers on facebook.  If you've been following us, you would have seen some special discount offers on our Drag Racing Analyzer v3.4 and Fuel Economy Calculator v1.1.

Click on link below to visit the home page and sign up for our face book page.

to visit www.performancetrends.com.

On Nov 14, 2012 we will randomly pick one our facebook followers to receive a free Engine Analyzer v3.4.  Or if you already own Engine Analyzer, you can get $100 off most any single software purchase of $100 or more.  So, sign up to follow us on facebook and maybe you will win.  Winner will be announced in the next newsletter.

Engine Analyzer v3.4's Main Screen
Engine-Analyzer-v3.4-Main-Screen.gif (104373 bytes) (click image to enlarge it)


5)  Trade Shows Coming Up in Indy and Orlando  It's not too early to start thinking about attending some of the Motorsports trade shows coming up at the end of the year.  Like last year, this year we're doing 2 trade shows, the PRI show in Orlando and the IMIS show in Indianapolis.

International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) Trade Show Dec 6-8  The IMIS show in Indianapolis, Indiana has a great location, being near the center of the country and within driving distance for many attendees.  This year we're in Booth 952.  Check out their website at www.imis-indy.com or call 317-429-1004 to register for attending.  Click on the following link to show where Performance Trends will be at this year's IMIS show  http://imis-indy.com/sales-floor-plan/   Once at the link, pick Performance Trends from the list of exhibitors.

Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, Nov 29-Dec 1  This is known as the worlds largest "hardcore" motorsports trade show, the PRI show in Orlando, Florida. We'll be in booth 5178, part of SuperFlow's "Test World".  Stop by and see what new things we have for 2013. You must make reservations to attend, so call PRI at 949-499-5413 in California to make them, or visit their website at www.performanceracing.com.    Click on the following link to show where Performance Trends will be at this year's PRI show:  http://www.mapyourshow.com/shows/index.cfm?Show_ID=pri12&exhid=0002120&booth=5178&hall=B


6) Last September's Newsletter Here are the topics covered in our previous newsletter.  If you would like another copy of September 2012's newsletter for detail on these topics, visit our website at: Performance Trends Newsletters 

  1. New Compression Ratio Calculator Pro Version
  2. Prototype Engine Analyzer Pro v3.9 with Language Translator
  3. Trade Shows Coming Up in Indy and Orlando
  4. Recent Media Coverage
  5. Testimonials from Customers
  6. Last August's Newsletter