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First Analysis | ALFANO 6, the telemetry for hyper-customisable karts

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ALFANO 6, TELEMETRY FOR KARTS… ON A MADE TO MEASURE BASIS

14 April 2021

The latest model from the Belgian manufacturer, launched in 2018, offers different levels of customisation in regard to the display and the options with which to “expand” the data logger

DEVICE
GPS SYSTEM
CUSTOMIZATION
APP
EXPANSIONS AND PACK
DATA SHEET

The structure of Alfano 6 – composed of a body made of PA (a polymer that is very resistant to vibrations) and a convex plexiglass screen – is very simple: the [1] display, equipped with one preset screen and four fully customisable ones, allows the display of a lot of information, such as lap time, water temperature, RPM and delta time with reference to your record. It also has a backlight system, which allows good readability of the data even in low ambient light conditions.
The driver can interact directly with the system using [2] six physical buttons, in chromed plastic made of ABS, placed on the side of the screen, each of which has a specific function, in addition to allowing “movement” between the various settings and menus.
Positioned above the display, we find [3] eight LED indicators; six central and two more on the side. The former not only have the task of indicating the RPM, but can be programmed to highlight the improvement or worsening of your laptime compared to your best lap. The two external ones, on the other hand, are two alarms connected to the temperature probes, which allow the driver to know when the values for water and exhaust are higher than the maximum set limit.
The Alfano 6 works thanks to the power supplied by a rechargeable Samsung lithium-ion battery. This kind of battery, Alfano assured us, stands out due to excellent duration and resistance characteristics, which give an operating autonomy that can exceed 40 hours. Since this is a built-in rechargeable battery, it is not necessary to replace it once it is flat, but it is sufficient to connect it to a source of electricity via the appropriate USB plug. Recharging, from a totally flat battery, takes approximately 30 minutes and in this regard, Alfano guarantee that in the three years in which they have been selling this product, they have never had problems related to a worsening in performance.
Alfano 6 is available in 1T and 2T versions. The difference is minimal, albeit substantial, and concerns the detection of temperatures: the 1T model can only manage one probe at a time, either the exhaust gas or water probes, while the 2T is able to detect both, through a [4] input duplicator. In both cases the reference port is the red one [5] on the back, which, based on the choice made by the driver, automatically recognises the connected probe. There are also two other sockets, a [6] black one used to connect the charging cable and the Boxes (we will explain what they are later on), and a [7] green one for the speed sensor and laptime detection via magnetic strips. The difference between 1T and 2T was devised by Angelo Alfano, owner and founder of the company, to create a simpler and more essential version for amateur drivers, and a more complex and detailed one for professionals. The difference between the two is also reflected in the price, which starts at 405 Euros for the 1T version and goes up to 505 Euros for the 2T. Both versions have the basic package in their respective packaging with everything necessary for their operation, including a [8] cable for detecting the number of engine revolutions, [9] the cable and [10] the power supply for battery charging. Alfano also allows you to choose between different Packs (which we will talk about later) containing additional probes to obtain more information from your kart.

DEVICE
GPS SYSTEM
CUSTOMIZATION
APP
EXPANSIONS AND PACK
DATA SHEET

The real innovation introduced with Alfano 6 is undoubtedly the new GPS system. While all previous and competing tools can connect to the Glonass (Russian) and Navstar (American) networks, the new product of the Belgian company can connect to a third European network: Galileo. In Alfano they are convinced that this novelty represents a fundamental qualitative leap in the development of new technologies in the world of data logging for karting, because it ensures an accuracy that varies from 30% to 50% more than previous models, based on where we are and how the environment surrounding the track is structured. The choice of this addition was made because compared to the two extra-European networks, Galileo is much more available and open to the public and therefore able to receive more signals.
The cooperation between the three networks ensures the new Alfano product has different qualities: first of all the possibility of automatically recognising the circuit you are in. This is because Alfano 6 has a database with more than 2,600 tracks stored inside it, and collaboration with the satellite network makes its recognition automatic. Furthermore, if the track is not among those already in the memory, through this new technology, Alfano 6 is able to reconstruct it and store it as new.
Furthermore, in the absence of speed probes, the GPS allows you to record it and report it on the display. The same principle is used for the timing of lap times, which can be detected through the classic magnetic stripe system or via the satellite network.
Finally, thanks to the GPS system, it is possible to record the trajectory followed on the track during the session, with the option of being able to send it, via Bluetooth, to the ADA application, to be able to observe and study it in detail to then correct any driving errors.

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