The BimmerWorld View - With AiM's introduction of the new SOLO 2 and Data Logger, the expanded new features now make this amazing tool more powerful and capable than even some dash loggers at a fraction of the price! The SOLO 2 DL pulls an RPM signal from your car and the new multi-color alarm lights now add fully configurable shift lights to your AiM display - one of the most important tools a driver can have to allow increased focus on the on-track view. Additionally, with the CAN option (used with E46 M3, E9X and newer cars), a range of BMW-supplied channels can be recorded for post-session review (and problem solving). A clear, easy-to-read display with adjustable backlighting options for a range of conditions or preferences, and very powerful Race Studio 2 analysis software, the SOLO 2 is the best value in the data market two times over!
Video: AiM Solo 2 DL & SmartyCam Install
Video courtesy of Sean54 on YouTube.
The AiM SOLO 2 Data Logger and Lap Timer is AiM's follow-up to their game changing SOLO. It packs even more features and speed into the most cost-effective and technically packed data component on the market. The original SOLO is recognized around the world as a data tool that every DE student, aspiring racer, or even professional coach could use. The SOLO 2 remains affordable, compact, easy to install, and easy to use.
The SOLO 2 DL has all of the same features of the Lap Timer but with an additional input data jack from one of three sources: >OBD port. Plug in the AiM OBD cable directly into your car's 16-pin OBD port (1996+ cars). The SOLO 2 can read OBD data from over 1,000 ECU types and will overlay it with the SOLO 2 GPS data. Note that many early OBDII ECUs (1996-2000) communicate too slowly to effectively use any supplied information. Only partial data will be available for your lap(s) and may not line up with track map or references. However, the OBD connection offers easier and non-permanent installation. OBD cable is included when you select the option above.
>Hardwired to CAN stream. A direct connection to the CAN network on the wiring harness offers more data and a faster data feed. Also, some cars do not provide crucial data through the standard OBD port (E46 M3 throttle and steering positions, for example) so hardwiring the SOLO 2 directly into the CAN network is recommended. Hardwiring into the CAN also removes the need to have the cable plugged into your OBD port all the time. CAN cable is included with your option above and has un-terminated ends and will need to be hardwired or soldered to your car's wiring harness.
>Single RPM pickup. For pre-OBDII cars (1900-1995). Connect to a spark plug wire or coil connector to read RPM data. The RPM cable is included when you select the option above.
Expanded tracks - more than 3,000 tracks around the world are available to sync via GPS with an autolearning mode for new tracks
Improved predictive lap time thanks to better GPS data
Programmable RGB color LEDs for visual comparison of lap times and shift lights
Improved lap data displayed on the screen
Wifi connection to PC to download data (cable recommended for CAN/OBD data)
Smartphone connection for lap data review (currently iPhone only)
4gb of memory (up from 16mb)
More than just a lap timer, the SOLO 2 DL is a vehicle and track 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:
Easy installation - Using either the included screw/velcro-on mounting bracket or the optional window suction cup, the SOLO 2 drops in your car in less than a minute.
Internal battery - The internal battery means no wires are required to get started - power cord and CAN cable use is optional.
Lap time Display - SOLO 2 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.
LEDs - New color LEDs display real time status. There is no other substitute for this immediate feedback.
Data Analysis - SOLO 2 records data to be downloaded and analyzed using AiM Race Studio software, one of the easier to use and powerful data software tools on the market. More than lap times, Race Studio 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.
Smartphone review (currently iPhone only) - review and analyze your data from your phone!
Track Recognition - SOLO 2 includes a list of the world’s main track GPS coordinates. At power up, the internal GPS in the SOLO 2 provides a location and loads the configuration for the track you're driving.
Performance Measures - SOLO 2 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 2 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.
AiM SmartyCam connection
Video: Unboxing the AiM Solo 2 DL & SmartyCam
Video courtesy of Sean54 on YouTube.
Technical Specifications: Accelerometer: 3-axis ± 5G & 3 axis gyro & 3 axis magnetometer Size: 98x74x30mm Weight: 240g, battery included Display resolution: 128x64 Display pages: 8 (configurable) Waterproof: IP65 Internal battery: Rechargeable lithium battery Battery duration: up to 4 hours with back light, up to 6 hours without backlight External power: 12 volt magnetic support Backlight: 7 RGB colors LEDs: 10 RGB colors Included memory: 4gb Usage temperatures: -20°C/+60°C ECU connection: CAN, RS232 or K-line protocol
What's in the box? Lap timer, data cable (OBD, CAN, or RPM), user manual, screw-on mouting bracket (suction window mount can be purchased separately), USB power adapter and USB cable, 2m lighter socket power cable, AiM decal and AiM racing guide. Race Studio software CD included or available to download at no charge.
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