Speeds: the definite guide

Fast 5 supports lots of advanced speed configurations. This article explains how that works.

Simple speeds

The most simple setup is just about changing speeds. You can change speeds by using the controls in the timing software screen, or using a remote. These speeds are simply applied, not saved.

In the Timing events configuration, these actions are called "Speed level change".

The event options:

  • Level: the speed to unlock
  • Override for unlocked level X: give a different speed to people that have a certain speed unlocked
  • Only when session allows automatic speed levels: only execute this event if the session has the crash button enabled
  • Also enabled during emergency: whether to still execute this when the emergency mode is on
  • Also enabled while crashed or in range: for use with positioning, you can prevent speed changes from happening when the kart is slowed down for a crash

Unlocking speeds

We can also go a bit further and work with speed unlocks. These events only give you a certain speed if you didn't have it yet. So they're ideal to configure on a loop, without triggering these speed changes every lap.

A common configuration:

  • Green flag: set speed to 1
  • First loop after the pit: unlock speed 2
  • Second loop: unlock max speed

Each time we unlock a speed, it's saved on the participant. This is needed to make sure we don't apply it multiple times.

We can also use this to give a certain speed as soon as a driver drives faster than a certan lap time. To do this, use the "Trigger time" and make sure the trigger is "Leave sector".

The event options:

  • Level: the speed to unlock
  • Vehicle kind: only apply to a certain type of kart (optionally)
  • Trigger time: only execute this if the lap time is faster than this value
  • Override maximum: whether to override the product speed or not
  • Persistent: save this speed on the person, so he/she can use it again the next time
  • Only when session allows automatic speed levels: only execute this event if the session has the crash button enabled
  • Also enabled while crashed or in range: for use with positioning, you can prevent speed changes from happening when the kart is slowed down for a crash

Product speeds

It's possible to limit the maximum speeds using products. This will overrule the unlocked speed event. So if we have a loop to unlock speed 4, but the product speed is 3, the participant will only unlock speed 3. If you want to give Speed 4 no matter what, you can tick "Override maximum" on the event.

Resetting speeds

Resetting the speed means applying the previously unlocked speed. This means the driver needs to unlock a speed before a speed level reset can be useful

The event options:

  • Only when session allows automatic speed levels: only execute this event if the session has the crash button enabled
  • Take sector speed if possible: if the sector has custom speeds configured, take those
  • Also enabled during emergency: whether to still execute this when the emergency mode is on
  • Also enabled while crashed or in range: for use with positioning, you can prevent speed changes from happening when the kart is slowed down for a crash

Limiting automatic events

Often kartings want to have these automatic speed changes, but only for "normal" sessions. For other types of sessions they want to switch this off.

To do this we have the "Enable automatic events" button, with the crash icon. You have to link these speed events to be active "only when session allows automatic speed levels".

You can use packages to enable or disable this button as well. Grand prix packages are typically configured to switch this off.

 

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