RACEPAK, THE COMPANY THAT REVOLUTIONIZED DRAG RACING WITH THE FIRST DATA RECORDERS MORE THAN A GENERATION AGO, HAS MADE TUNING AND MONITORING VIRTUALLY ANY KIND OF RACE CAR EASIER THAN EVER WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A PAIR OF INNOVATIVE NEW PRODUCTS: THE DRAG SMARTWIRE AND IQ3D DRAG LOGGER DASH.
The Drag SmartWire serves as a drag vehicle’s power distribution center. Equally at home in dragsters and door cars, it eliminates the need for fuses, relays and breakers and takes the headache out of wiring any race car. “It’s the easiest way there is to wire a race car—any car,” says Racepak Sales and Marketing Manager Chris Vopat.
“It eliminates extra weight, unnecessary complexity and all of the extra components that used to make wiring a hassle: fuses, circuit breakers and relays. It talks to your ECU and your EFI system, and if you have a Racepak dash or data recorder, needless to say, it works perfectly with that, too.”
The Racepak Drag SmartWire features a total of 30 outputs and 12 inputs, and all inputs and outputs are user-definable, enabling complete control of the vehicle’s power needs, and it’s pre-programmed for most drag-car functions. The unit comes complete with a wiring harness developed specifically for cars that compete on the drag strip.
“It's preprinted for each function, the trans-brake and all the functions a typical sportsman racer really needs to have,” Vopat says. “You can then specify your own custom parameters for each of the 30 circuits once you have it in the car: the amperage, the voltage, anything you want.”
Just plug in a laptop, and you'll see every function that goes out to the vehicle. Then you can then easily modify each circuit’s parameters in countless different ways.
For example, you can program your fan circuit to be activated from a certain range it reads from your water temperature. If temperature is reading a high number when the ignition is switched off, the fan could be programmed to run for any length of time or until the engine reaches any temperature you specify. “The possibilities to control each circuit are virtually endless,” Vopat says.
Racepak’s IQ3D Drag Logger Dash has become the go-to entry-level dash logger for weekend warriors and bracket racers, with all of the functions the average sportsman racer could possibly need. It’s compact, all-in-one design has the same state-of-the art design as the IQ3 dash the pros use and a built-in data logger. Data is displayed on four user-defined pages and stored after each run on a microSD memory card.
“With the Drag Logger Dash, you can set warning lights for high or low temperatures and high or low pressures, plus it features programmable shift lights,” Vopat says. “You determine what you want to monitor and exactly where you want to see it. And for data collection, there's a frontmounted microSD card that you can take out and plug right into your computer. There are four screens to toggle between, and in each there’s an rpm sweep and gear indicator. Each of the four pages has five programmable areas for just about anything a racer could think of. You could have, say, the vehicle speed in the lower left corner, and you can label it ‘speed’ or ‘MPH’—anything you want.”
Another invaluable feature of the Drag Logger is an internal processor that can communicate with any aftermarket EFI or OBD-II. “The older line of dashes didn’t have that. You'd have to buy an additional module to read an ECU or different EFI,” Vopat says. “The IQ3D Drag Logger has it all built right in.”
Drag SmartWire eliminates the need for fuses, relays and breakers. It takes the headache out of wiring any race car and is fully compatible with Racepak dashes and data recorders.
Racepak’s IQ3D Drag
Logger Dash monitors every function a sportsman racer could possibly want to track with the same style as the IQ3 dash the pros use, and it has a built-in data logger.