Thompson knows from his long career as a test engineer that data acquisition plays a critical role in improving component performance and overall system reliability. And he’s brought that expertise to his “encore career” in racing engineering. To make the measurements he needs, Thompson makes extensive use of the SoMat eDAQlite data acquisition system from HBM.
One of the reasons Thompson chose the eDAQlite is that it not only provides accurate data, but, also fits nicely into the limited space available inside the dragster. The data provided by the eDAQlite, coupled with Thompson's knowledge of “how things really work,” enable him to improve the elapsed time (ET) consistency, safety and reliability of his racing vehicles.
In addition, the eDAQlite can do things that the other data acquisition systems commonly used in racing cannot. For example, most of the other data acquisition systems have a maximum sample rate of only 100 Samples/s, while the eDAQlite can make up to 100,000 Samples/s. On top of all that, the HBM eDAQlite is one of only a very few data acquisition systems that have been accepted for use in the Sportsman classes of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Championship Drag Racing Series.