The BimmerWorld View - The AiM SOLO is long-awaited and amazing! With
a clear, easy to read display and very powerful Race Studio 2
analysis software, the SOLO is as powerful (or moreso) than many
full-dash data systems. Add a $400 pricetag and this just
became the best value in the data market two times over! The
SOLO DL (release pending) will be 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 is AiM's newest data component and released as
the most cost-effective, technically packed data piece 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
has 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 how to improve. Features
Easy Install - 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
Laptime Display - SOLO displays driver's 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, use Race Studio 2 to show 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
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 are on.
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 0-60mph, including 60' times and trap
From Anonymous of Virginia Beach, Virginia on 4/2/2013.
Easy to use, easy to read, easy to hook up.
From Jason Crist of Forest, Virginia on 9/12/2012.
Simply, easy and effective. Predictive laptime feature is an addiction. Try something new on track and get immediate feedback, nothing like it. Operation is crazy easy, download the track files and the unit does the rest. Software is more complex than TraqMate - and that's a good thing. Time to put on your big boy pants and learn to do it like the pros!
From Anonymous of columbus, Ohio on 6/25/2012.
Nice unit, easy to use , recomend playing with the device to explore all the features , AIM software instructions not the greatest but plenty of videos on the web to explain Plug and play for lap times, other features take a little work but results worth the investment , Suction cup mount means easy to move from car to car
Love the Solo DL
From Frank Gorse of Glen Allen, Virginia on 11/23/2011.
I’m extremely pleased with the AiM Solo DL, which I bought for HPDE use in my Z4M.Though I haven’t yet used it on-track myself, we literally took it out of the box, slapped it on a buddy’s vintage race car, and got useful, instant timing info and tons of data for post-race analysis. Plenty of battery life, secure mount, solid and rugged, and easy to see, configure and operate. It consistently saw 9 to 11 satellites at VIR, so GPS accuracy was excellent.I accomplished the ECU connection on the M, and though splicing into the ECU wiring (2 wires plus power and ground) was a little daunting, it was in the end simple and problem-free; took less than an hour. Just as advertised, with the ECU connection the Solo DL streams and logs RPM, throttle position, brake pressure, steering angle, and more which can be integrated with the speed and accelerometer plots in RaceStudio (the included analysis software) for enhanced analysis. Don’t think you can get to this stock ECU data through anyone else’s data logger product. My only criticism of the product is that the manuals’ translation from Italian is not stellar. Suggest you consult supplemental online info from AiM to ensure that your ECU is indeed supported and the precise connections, and also check out various RaceStudio guides and tutorials on the internet to help with the analysis software—it’s inherently a complex activity so be prepared to invest in learning how to interpret the data, as well how to manipulate the various views and tools in RaceStudio.While RaceStudio doesn’t have video integration capabilities, there are inexpensive and easy-to-use applications out there (e.g., DashWare) that let you overlay AiM data on your videos shot with other-than-AiM camera hardware, so don’t let the lack of that feature dissuade you.Summary—really cool, really robust, and a heck of a value for either the base Solo or the higher-end DL. It would really be hard to do without this technology—racer or track-day enthusiast—at this price point.
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