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05 - Circuit Tools Graph Window

 The graph window shows the logged channels in the form of a plot against distance, time or position. The speed channel is normally shown at the top. 

The value of the channel at the cursor position is shown in the Data window. The data traces and channel values both use the same colour. By default the faster lap has a red trace. The current sector is also displayed for the selected location within the lap.
 

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Zooming and Panning

The quickest way to zoom in the Graph Window is to draw a zoom box with the left hand mouse button from the left to the right. To zoom out, simply draw a box from the right to the left. You can also use the up and down arrow keys.
 

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To pan, use the right hand mouse button and drag the graph either way, or use CTRL and the cursor keys.

There are also buttons on the Graph Ribbon menu tab and just above the graph.
 

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Delta-T (Lap-time difference)

By far the most useful parameter for comparing Laps is the Delta-T channel. Delta-T is the running lap-time difference between two laps and gives a very clear indication of where time is lost or gained around the circuit.

When the Delta-T is increasing, time is being lost, and when it is decreasing, time is being gained.

At first, look for the largest changes in Delta-T and concentrate on these areas.

Sometimes, in a corner there may be a large gain followed by a large loss. This often happens when you enter a corner faster, but exit more slowly.

It is often surprising how much time you lose down the straight by exiting a corner a little bit slower than before.
 

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Tip
By zooming into a section, the Delta-T is reset to zero for the start of that section, making it easier for you to analyse a local area of the track.

 

Graph Menu

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View

These buttons enable you to pan and zoom within the Graph window.
 

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Mouse Zoom Axes

By default the zoom only affects the X-axis, this can be changed by using the buttons in the Graph Ribbon menu. By allowing zoom in both axes you can magnify the graph in more detail.
 

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X Axis

There are three ways of aligning comparison data: Time, Distance and Position, selectable via the Graph Ribbon menu. Position is the default X axis and this is the method recommended for comparing two different laps. Time and distance are only used in special circumstances.
 

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Traditionally, rolling distance has been used to align laps, but with the advent of GPS, it is better to use GPS position, as the distance travelled around a lap varies from lap to lap depending on the driving line. The position remains more accurate, as the error in GPS is much less than the variation in rolling distance (often >30m).

A comparison of this effect can be seen below from two different professional drivers at the Nordschleife during a race. The first plot uses the rolling distance to compare the two drivers, and the second uses GPS position. In the first plot they have both travelled exactly 21060 m from the Start / Finish line, but are now 240 m apart! In the second plot the GPS position of each vehicle is used to align the traces, and here you can see how closely they now line up.

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Distance alignment
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Position alignment

Using GPS Position alignment also makes the Delta-T value very accurate, which makes the values meaningful even around the Nordschleife, where a Delta-T or predictive lap-timer based on distance would only be accurate to around 1 – 2 seconds after a full lap.

Using Position, the Delta-T and Racelogic Predictive Lap-Timer are accurate to within 0.02 seconds around the full length of the Nordschleife!
 

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Using Position to align laps

 

Note: Graphing using this method relies on good GPS position data. If you lose GPS position or you have heavy tree cover, then it is best to switch back to distance or even Time. If you leave the track, or cut out a part of the circuit, then again you will get a very poor position based comparison or you may even be unable to play the video or move the graph cursor beyond the point where you left the circuit if a poor datum is used.

 

Smoothing

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It is possible to change the level of smoothing applied to Acceleration channels, such as the lateral and longitudinal acceleration displayed within the Graph window. Applying higher levels of smoothing will produce a cleaner looking graph, however will reduce the accuracy of the displayed results.

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Acceleration smoothing level 0

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Acceleration smoothing level 2

 

Export / Print

The currently displayed graph view can be saved as an image file by selecting Export or printed using the Print button.
 

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