"a safety device aimed at motorsport car racing under Code 60 flag conditions; a cost effective virtual safety car system."
We have developed this unique product throughout the 2017 racing season together with our technical partners, Cartek Motorsport Electronics. The Code 60 Virtual Safety Car, C60VSC, is a simple
What is Code-60?
Code-60 is a flag system used to
1. A race can be
2. Once the on-track situation has been removed then racing can resume immediately the command to withdraw Code-60 is issued whereas there can be another delay while a Safety Car circulates back to pitlane before racing can continue.
3. Race positions and gaps between cars are maintained throughout the Code-60 period meaning no driver is disadvantaged or gains an advantage while marshals are attending to an on-track incident.
What are the problems with Code-60?
Code-60 has been used successfully in Europe for several years but mainly in endurance racing where drivers have
1. Many club level race cars are not equipped with accurate speedometers, many not having a speedometer at all. As such, it was not possible for these drivers to maintain a steady 60Km/
2. Marshals and officials had no way of determining which drivers were adhering to the Code-60 speed and which were not. If a gap between two cars closed during Code-60 then it could not be determined if one car was exceeding 60Km/h or if it was another that was driving below the required 60Km/h.
3. Some drivers complained
The Code-60 Driver Indicator System
The Code-60 Indicator System (C60DIS) has been created to allow Code-60 to be used safely, reliably and accurately in all categories of circuit racing allowing marshals and drivers at all levels to benefit from all of the safety advantages that the Code-60 flag offers. The C60IS consists of 3 elements:
Central to the C60VSC is the Driver Display which incorporates a GPS receiver and 6
The C60VSC Driver Display is capable of controlling two
OFF Code-60 NOT enabled.
ON (STATIC) - Code-60 enabled AND speed is at, or below, 60Km/h.
ON (FLASHING) - Code-60 enabled AND speed is above 64Km/h.
The C60VSC also includes a dual
How it works (We have since swapped flashing and static functions, see above)
The Code-60 Driver Display incorporates a satellite GPS receiver, which it uses to accurately determine speed, and 6 high brightness,
The driver can activate and deactivate the Code-60 display at any time by pressing the button. However, once activated, and the car is driven at 60Km/h, then the system will automatically deactivate when the driver accelerates past 80Km/h on noticing Code-60 flags being withdrawn. This prevents the driver accidentally leaving it activated when the Code-60 period had ended.
Once the C60VSC is activated the side mounted, purple LED lights will provide an external indication of the speed of the car relative to the required 60Km/h. These lights will stay on if the speed is at, or below, 60Km/h and flash slowly if the car is
The rear mounted, Rain Light will also provide an external indication of the speed of the car relative to the required 60Km/h to any cars driving behind. In a wet race the Rain Light will flash Red slowly if the speed is at, or below, 60Km/h and display static Red if the car is
Rain Light Switch
The Code-60 Driver Display also has a 3 position Rain Light Switch connected to it which allows the driver to operate the rear Rain Light in 3 modes when Code-60 is not in use:
Wet race -
Dry race -
Hazard warning -
The Hazard Warning feature allows the driver to manually override it if they encounter a problem with their car. e.g. if the driver finds they have stalled on the grid, suffered an engine failure or has a puncture, then by flicking the switch to Hazard Warning mode so the rear light will display a highly visible, red flashing sequence to indicate to all other drivers that their car is stationary or moving slowly. This helps reduce the risk of
Additional Safety Benefits
The Code60 VSC monitors the speed of the car at all times, not just when Code-60 is activated. As such it can determine if the car is
Dry race - OFF
Wet race - Static RED
Wet race, slow or stationary - Flashing RED (rapid)
Dry race, slow or stationary - Flashing YELLOW (rapid)
Hazard warning - Flashing RED/YELLOW - PURPLE on side indictors (rapid)
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