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SAE International Publishes Book on Racecar Data Acquisition

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 16, 2008 - Behind every champion racing team is an engineer recording the performance of the car and driver.  A new SAE International book explains how engineers can use this data to build an advantage on the racetrack.

Written by Jörge Segers, "Analysis Techniques for Racecar Data Acquisition" offers techniques for analyzing information recorded by a vehicle's data acquisition system.  The book details how to measure the performance of the car and driver, and how to evaluate the data to develop an improved race strategy.

Covering the latest data acquisition technology, topics include:

  • Straight-line acceleration 
  • Braking 
  • Gearing  
  • Cornering  
  • Quantifying roll stiffness distribution
  • Wheel loads and weight transfer
  • Frequencies and shock absorbers 
  • Aerodynamics
  • Analyzing the driver
  • Simulation tools

The list price of this 305-page hardcover book is $79.95; SAE members can purchase it for $63.96.  For more information on the book, please visit

Segers is the team manager for GLPK Carsport, a Belgian team active in international GT racing, including the FIA GT Championship.  He also works for racing teams such as Henrik Roos Motorsports, Racing for Holland and Carsport Modena.  Segers has been involved with racing since 1998.