How Corsa got started
Corsa Instruments, Inc. was created in 1991 by Erik Kauppi
and Sinisa Mandich, racers who are also engineers. They
had looked around for a good affordable data system for
their own race team and couldn't find one. So they made
their own. And after far more work than it usually takes
to build a whole race car, they had a working data logger
that was good enough to sell to other teams.
Corsa has been in the business of racing data acquisition
systems since 1991. Over the years we have added many new
features and sensors to our data acquisition system, doing
whatever was necessary to meet our customer’s needs.
Every time we go to the track, whether with a customer team
or some of our friends, we learn something new.
- 1991 - Working with a Late Model
stock car team at a local track. When we got out
the laptop and started downloading data from the
car, we sure got a lot of stares! Back then our
first prototype, and an 8086 laptop running DOS,
was high tech indeed.
- 1993 - First Corsa system sold
to a customer. Thanks, Al!
- 1995 - Corsa has their first
exhibit at the Performance Racing Industry show
in Columbus, Ohio. We’ve been a regular at
PRI ever since.
- 1996 - First Corsa system sold
to a tractor puller. Though our system was developed
for a different type of racing, we made it flexible
enough to handle applications we hadn’t considered.
This basic design decision paid off very well and
Corsa is now the leader in data acquisition systems
for diesel tractor pullers.
- 1997 - Partnership formed with
William C. Mitchell Software. Combining Corsa electronics
with Bill’s software and experience brought
a new level of sophistication at a very reasonable
price to SCCA road racers.
- 1999 - The newly formed Grand
American Road Racing (Grand-Am) asks Corsa to design
a datalogger which all cars in certain classes will
be required to use. The datalogger records turbo
boost pressure and other variables to make sure the
teams are within the rules. Corsa becomes the official
supplier of compliance data recorders to Grand Am.
Certain Grand Am cars are required to use Corsa
dataloggers starting with the 2000 Rolex 24 hour
race at Daytona.
- 2002 - Corsa starts producing
data recorders and telemetry for GDJ, Inc. educational
products. Model roller coasters and crash cars with
telemetry, what fun! Even a chassis dynamometer
for radio-control cars. See www.gdjinc.com
- 2003 - The EZ-Logger, Corsa's wireless Data Logger, is introduced. A lightweight logger sampling up to 50 samples a second, the EZ-Logger proves itself to be a superior to it's predecessor in every way.
- 2006 - Improving on an already great design, the Corsa EZ II Data Logger is released, replacing the EZ-Logger. In addition to the robust versatility of the original Corsa Data Logger, the wireless radio is upgraded to communicate over distances up to half a mile.
The wireless data logger
In late 2002, we started a project to design a revolutionary
new product, the then named Corsa EZ-Logger. The basic idea was to
make it much easier for ordinary racing teams to use data
acquisition. We looked at everything we had seen teams struggle
with in the last ten years, every support call we ever received,
and addressed those issues. We worked hard to simplify
all aspects of the system. The EZ-Logger, released
in 2003, is the result of this effort. It's a completely
new design, sharing almost no parts with our previous CS1
system, but sharing all the experience gained over ten years
and hundreds of installations. Not stopping there, we retired the EZ-Logger in 2006, coming out with the Corsa EZ-II Wireless Data Logger that is capable of downloading data from half a mile away.
Learn more about the
Corsa Data Logger here!