Faster lap times promised by Garmin Catalyst real-time coaching tool

New driving performance optimiser delivers live advice as you tackle a lap

Driver analysis systems have become a popular addition to the trackday toolkit for many enthusiasts, helping drivers of all levels refine their skills against the clock. These systems generally work by computing driving data collected from inbuilt GPS receptors and other sensors to then ‘coach’ the driver by highlighting areas within the lap where improvements could be made.

The new Garmin Catalyst is said to take this to the next level, streamlining the process by actively coaching the driver on track without the need to download the data post-session for analysis. This means the system can actively provide instructions while out on track, either via a headset or Bluetooth stereo connection. 

This ability to analyse data in real time is not unique to the Garmin Catalyst, but the breakthrough here is the device's new way of reaching the optimal lap time the driver is working to. 

Rather than splitting the lap into sectors and then combining the fastest of each together to create the theoretical optimum lap time, the system instead creates a more realistic racing line that’s created from data received from the on-board camera and 10Hz multi-GNSS positioning. This avoids some systems’ unreachable target, which can often be physically impossible thanks to the way the system creates the optimum lap.

The Garmin Catalyst is also able to relay this information by audible cues both before and after a corner, delivering instant feedback to the driver rather than waiting until the end of the lap. This information is also accessible via a simple touchscreen interface on the unit that’s mounted to the windscreen.

The system is pre-loaded with a global track database, and can also record other on-track data such as best lap times, delta time, number of laps and session times. 

Recommended

Synthetic fuels explained: is there such a thing as carbon neutral petrol?
Technology

Synthetic fuels explained: is there such a thing as carbon neutral petrol?

Could carbon-neutral synthetic fuels save the internal combustion engine and safeguard the future of the cars we love?
18 Nov 2020
What is a hybrid? Hybrid tech and how it’s used in performance cars
Technology

What is a hybrid? Hybrid tech and how it’s used in performance cars

The hybrid performance car is no longer an oxymoron. Here’s how manufacturers are using this new tech to make them better, not just greener
1 May 2020

Most Popular

Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in
R8 Filler cap
Porsche

Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in

Porsche claims a car running on eFuel will have the same CO2 footprint as an EV, and BMW, Audi, Aston Martin and McLaren all agree
24 Feb 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 revealed – special edition marks 45 years of the GTI
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 revealed – special edition marks 45 years of the GTI

The Golf GTI Clubsport 45 features aesthetic tweaks to celebrate 45 years since the icon first hit the road
26 Feb 2021
2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury
2021 Mercedes C-class revealed - front tracking
Mercedes C-Class

2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury

New C-class to launch as four-cylinder only; AMGs expected to be the same
23 Feb 2021