RallySafe Instructions

The RallySafe units will be used in this Winter Trial again for safety and for timing.

The units need Electricity.
Please make sure a 12 volt cable is available in your car (not fitted to a cigarette socket) plus one meter of free cable. The power source is preferably located between the main switch and the ignition switch.

The RallySafe unit will be mounted in the car on a special mount with antennas and wiring. This will be installed in your car at the scrutineering in January. If you prefer to install it yourself, before the scrutineering, please contact Contact@RallySafe.nl

The organization asks a refundable deposit of € 150,- for the mount and antennas. This will be refunded after a successful disassembly after the Finish.

If you want to buy your own brand new Fitting Kit (€ 150,- excl. VAT), install it yourself and use it for the next Winter Trials and other rallies, also contact Contact@RallySafe.nl


Safety and Timing

In case of emergencies, the organization will be able to locate you.
During the Regularity Sections, the unit will warn you for potentially unsafe situations, like a slow car in front of you.
After a collision or crash (during a Regularity Section) the unit will warn the organization and fellow competitors in the vicinity.

Together with the marshals, the RallySafe units will perform the timing of the various controls. On manned controls the unit will be a backup for the manual timing, on the unmanned controls (Timing Points, Passage Controls, Secret (Speed) Checks etc.) the unit will be the source (with the small GPS Logger as a backup).

The RallySafe will not change anything in the way you did the previous Winter Trials (concerning regulations, procedures, timing and results), but unlike the other devices, the RallySafe has a screen and will show you different information on different moments. Below some explanation.


Regularity/Test Starts
Arriving at the start location (within 50 m) of a Regularity Start the unit will give a warning:

Like before, at a Manned Start (or Test Start), follow the instructions of the marshals and drive to the start line when they ask you, and stop at the start line. Start after the countdown of the marshal.
At a Self-Start, your due time is your actual time at the previous control plus a certain number of minutes, as indicated on the Time Card. During the minute before your due time drive to the red flag board at the landmark indicated in the road book and stop. Wait for the start of your due minute (hh:mm:00) and start the section.

The unit will show you the Current Time, top right of the screen. This is the (GPS provided) Rally Time! This time will prevail over any other time on any other device!

Always start at or direct after the whole minute, unless the marshal instructs you different, or you have received 30 seconds extra on the control before the Self Start.
The unit also supports a 30 seconds start, so you will receive a wrong start time if you have to start at the whole minute and don’t do so.

Once started the screen will look like this (but without the Average Speed):

‘ON COURSE’ means you have started the Regularity/Test, not necessarily that you are on the right route ;-) Also the time since the start is indicated (here 00h00:41 = 00:00:41), the distance, the distance since the last Reset and your actual speed. (The Average speed will not be shown or will be deliberately unreliable!). The unit is in Stage/Safety mode now and will warn you (and other competitors) for potentially unsafe situations.
Due to this mode and the low speed here (0,0 km/h), “HAZARD?” shows up and could, in case of a real hazard situation, be acknowledged by pressing the button below.

Timing Points
On (unmanned) Timing Points the unit will show you a screen like this for a few seconds:

‘Gate 1’ means the 1st Timing Point of this Regularity. The moment this screen will appear/disappear is about the moment you will be timed, but not exactly the same! It can be a few seconds earlier or later. It makes no sense to change your speed if you know you are early or late, it will not influence your timing.

On manned Timing Points you will also be timed by the unit, but then there will be no message on the screen. You will see the marshal after they have timed you. Proceed, stop (carefully) at the marshal and they will fill in your Time Card.

There can be extra check points between the Timing Points, so don’t worry too much If the Gate number is higher than expected.


Rejoin Point
The unit will stay in the Stage/Safety mode until you reach the Re-join Point (RP). This point is indicated in the Road Book and this is where the Regularity Section meets the known route on the map.
This is after the last Timing Point (indicated with a red sign at the marshal/road side) and after the Regularity Finish (RF) as indicated on the Hand Out.
The unit will switch to Transport Mode and will show you the time and distance from the Start to the RP for a while, but they have no meaning for the regularity timing.

In most of the Tests we will also use the unit in Stage mode. Your Start Time will be recorded, but the Finish Time will be different from the manned timing, as we use a Stop Astride and not a Flying Finish, like the unit. During the tests, the unit will help us to count the number of your laps.

In Navigation Sections and some parts of the Night Loops, the unit will also be in Stage mode and the acquired Route Checks/PC’s will be shown like the unmanned Timing Points.

Unmanned Passage Controls and Secret (Speed) Checks will also be recorded by the unit, but they will give no message on the screen.



The permanent Installation set

This kit contains everything needed to prepare your car for running RallySafe at an event.

All parts are required to complete purchase. Instructions for installation are provided on the competitors page.

Details of kit parts:

12v Wiring Loom
The wiring loom is the main power source for the Rally Safe unit, the wiring loom must be connected to a permanent power 12v source so the Rally Safe unit can function properly. The wiring loom comes in 3m & 5m lengths but can be shortened to the correct length.

3-in-1 Permanent Antenna
The 3-in-1 Permanent Antenna has 3 main aerial components that the RallySafe unit uses. 3-in-1 Permanent Antenna has a 12mm bolt at the base of the antenna which bolts through a hole in your roof, this allows the antenna leads to run through the bolt and into the vehicle cabin. This greatly reduces the potential damage to antenna leads, while offering a cleaner look both on the exterior and interior of the vehicle.
Please Note: This antenna requires a 12mm hole in the roof of the vehicle (we can provide a stick on antenna when preferred, though we do not advise this type).

Internal Radio Antenna
The internal RF antenna is a secondary backup in the case of a catastrophic accident in which the primary antenna is destroyed. The RF antenna can beam a distress signal out to any oncoming vehicles.

There are two types of mounts. The most common is the Roll Cage Mount, which will fit any competitor vehicle with a roll cage installed. This mount clamps onto a round bar using a hose camp. Secondly there is the Flat Bolt On Mount that can be bolted to most flat surfaces. Both mounts have a 25mm rubber coated ball to fit the appropriate 25mm Mount Connector.

Mount Connector
This connects to mount to the RallySafe unit. This is done using the ball on the mount and the ball on the back of the RallySafe unit. Available in 50mm & 75mm lengths.


*competitors who have purchased a fitting kit for the Winter Trial and do not wish to compete next year can get a €100 refund upon returning the non-damaged fitting kit to RallySafe Nederland.

The fitting kit can be ordered by email: Contact@RallySafe.nl