So, a quick status report:
I am busy developing logos, a prize structure, and a nice front end for data submission. This is happening.
In the meantime, I believe a GPS based system might be too much of a barrier for entry (at least for some of us) so I’ll research alternatives. To keep it period-correct (-ish) for my kart, I am trying out a Mychron 3 Gold with an eBox accelerometer and a wheel speed sensor.
We’ve tried RaceChrono (a phone lap timing app) but we’ve found that unless you have an accessory GPS receiver with much higher Hz transmission rates then a standard phone GPS sensor, it appears that it doesn’t work great to obtain a lap trace.
The mychron/RaceStudio + wheel speed sensor combination looks promising even without GPS, which is good news.
Again, the idea is to find ways to validate a lap time: Obtaining a lap trace with a corresponding lap time means that we will know for sure that no one has cut the track or lapped an alternate layout when trying to put in their fastest lap.