MoTec Advanced Central Logger
Discussions on the Talk pages of the TTXGP Technical Rules Wiki have recently touched on the subject of transmission of information from the team to the bike and from the bike to the team.
A new rule was added that imposes a €10,000 fine on any team transmitting information to its bike. This rule may be a bit of bait, drawing in an outraged Wiki editor to change it, but it has remained live and unedited since it was drafted, on April 26, 2010.
Perhaps people who read that rule determined that it was so conceptual that it would not become relevant for many years.
According to a recent article on Plugbike.com, however, at least one of the TTXGP North American teams is pushing the envelope on the application of this rule. According to the article:
The MoTeC Advanced Central Logger (ACL) can store data from the race and also allow the rider to switch between multiple power maps to tune power delivery and KERS / regenerative braking on the fly.
Obviously this technology will grant the SWIGZ team an advantage over other bikes if track conditions change during a race. If it starts raining, Chip can switch to a a less aggressive power delivery map. Or, if his tires start to fade, he might want to do the same. Chip explains that this removes concerns from the rider’s mind and will lead to fewer mistakes.
That all sounds amazing but here is the kicker: As Chip exits the apex of a corner he can wack the throttle open and the ACL will analyze lean angle of the bike, depth of discharge of the battery pack, time left in the race, effectiveness of KERS and any other factors and put down the right amount of power for optimal acceleration.
While this advanced technology is currently controlled by the rider, it is a short, conceptual hop to having such a device controlled by the team, who may have a better idea than the rider about what current threats exist in the drive to win the race.
Will race scrutineers be able to recognize devices that have a potential to violate the rules? Given that the Technical Advisory Panel is comprised of some of the leading experts in their fields of electrical and mechanical engineering, it would be a dangerous gamble to play in the minutes leading up to the race. OR… someone could go on to the wiki and discuss the need to delete this portion of the rule and proceed with doing away with it.