The BimmerWorld View - The AiM SOLO GPS Lap Timer and Data Logger is simply amazing! With a clear, easy-to-read display and very powerful Race Studio 2 analysis software, the SOLO is as at least as powerful as, and potentially more powerful than, many full-dash data systems. Add a $400 price tag and this just became the best value in the data market two times over! The SOLO DL is able to pull in CAN (E46 M3, E9X cars, etc) to add advanced features for under $1k. We are rarely awestruck, but the value of this lineup really blows us out of the water.
The AiM SOLO GPS Lap Timer is AiM's most cost-effective and technically packed data component on the market. When creating this product, the goal was to produce a data piece that every DE student, aspiring racer, or even professional coach could use. This means the result needed to be affordable, compact, easy to install, and easy to use. AiM succeeded in every aspect.
More than just a lap timer, the SOLO is a full data logger that not only shows the user how fast they are each lap, but also provides the quantitative measurements to show you how to improve. Features include:
- Using either the included screw/velcro-on mounting bracket or the optional window suction cup, the SOLO drops in your car in less than a minute. The internal battery means no wires are required to get started - power cord and CAN cable use is optional.
Laptime Display - SOLO displays your best lap, as well as either rolling laptime (running lap), static lap (last completed lap), or Predictive Lap. Predictive Lap is the most valuable tool for improving your driving and gives instantaneous feedback as you are driving a lap on whether you are faster or slower than your best lap. There is no other substitute for this immediate feedback.
Data Analysis - SOLO records data to be downloaded and analyzed using AiM Race Studio 2 software, one of the easier to use and powerful data software tools on the market. More than laptimes, Race Studio 2 to shows exactly where you can improve and pick up speed on the track. If the Predictive Lap display is half of the value of a data system, powerful and user-friendly analysis software is the other half, and RS2 fits the description.
Track Recognition - SOLO includes a list of the world’s main track GPS coordinates. At power up, the internal GPS in the SOLO provides a location and loads the configuration for the track you're driving.
Performance Measures - SOLO can be used as a measuring tool for your car's performance - a great way to evaluate your most recent upgrade. Industry standard tests include 1/4 mile, 1/8 mile, and 0-60 mph, including 60' times and trap speed.
- GPS Antenna - An internal GPS antenna in the SOLO provides precise location and track mapping capability and speed outputs. Additionally, a start/finish line is set so you don't have a trackside beacon to lose or forget at the track.
|Accelerometer||tri-axial ± 6G|
|Weight||220 g, battery included|
|Internal battery||Rechargeable lithium battery|
|Battery duration||Up to 4 hours with back light, |
up to 6 hours without backlight
|External power||12 Volt|
Includes software, user manual, screw-on mouting bracket (suction window mount can be purchased separately), USB power adaptor and USB cable, 2m lighter socket power cable, AiM decal and AiM racing guide. SOLO DL kits include either OBD II port or RS232 CAN wire-in cable.
*The OBDII SOLO DL is compatible with 1996+ cars, but many early OBDII cars (including all E36 and M52/S52 Z3) communicate too slowly to effectively use any supplied information.
E46 M3 cars do NOT have the CAN-stream (throttle and steering position for example) on the OBDII plug and the RS232 DL is required to record that information on these cars. E9X cars DO send CAN to the OBDII plug.