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SoundRacer VX - fantastic Sports Car Sounds in your car!

The next generation Car FM Transmitter with six exciting engine sounds from Super Sports Cars and bikes, also with USB charging

SoundRacer VX - fantastic Sports Car Sounds in your car!

The next generation Car FM Transmitter with six exciting engine sounds from Super Sports Cars and bikes, also with USB charging

SEK 11,664
pledged of 600.000 SEK pledged of 600.000 SEK goal
20
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 19 2014 9:59 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 19, 2014

About

Plug in the new SoundRacer VX in your car and experience a world of fantastic engine sounds when you drive!

Imagine starting up your modern, boringly silent car and the interior is filled with the thrilling engine sound of a powerful Super Sports Car …Shift in the first gear, hit the gas pedal and the driving experience will really thrill you! In every phase of driving - accelerating, decelerating, shifting, cruising and idling —the sound is so convincing that it actually fools your senses to believe that you are driving the real thing, a Super Sports Car!

And now, you can have multiple engine sounds in the SoundRacer VX that we are developing!

Car drivers around the world have a lot of fun with their SoundRacer Car FM Transmitter that sends the exciting sounds of real V8, V10 or V12 engine sounds to their car stereo systems. The sound follows the engine RPM and the immediate reaction of drivers and passengers is a really good laugh.

SoundRacer V10J is one of the present models with only one sound.
SoundRacer V10J is one of the present models with only one sound.

But the present product has only one sound installed. If you want to experience another sound you have to buy another of the four SoundRacer models currently on the market.

Now we want to make the next generation of exciting interactive in-car entertainment

After many requests from customers for a multi-sound model we have started to develop the next generation: SoundRacer VX with MicroSD card that lets you install new awesome sounds to enjoy in the car.

It comes preloaded with the same four great Super Sports Car sounds that the present SoundRacer models have: A rumbling big block American V8, exiting high revving Italian V10, unique Japanese V10 and a legendary Italian V12. On our own YouTube videos here you can hear all sounds, be sure to use good speakers or headphone to hear the full sound quality. 

Two thrilling motorcycle sounds are also included: A Classic American V-Twin and  a Japanese sport bike.  
(We do not write the names of the cars and motorcycles here in order to not interfere with the manufacturers trademarks, but we can use the genuine recordings from their engines since the sounds are not trademark protected)

Just press a button on the new SoundRacer VX to change engine sound

The MicroSD card in SoundRacer VX can hold many different engine sound files and pressing the change button will transfer the next sound into the sound processor.

Install new sounds

More sounds will be available from our upcoming webshop. Just download and store on the MicroSD card, then insert the card into your SoundRacer VX and drive away with new fantastic engine sounds in your car! 

Make your own sounds!

If you know how to record and edit sound files you can even make your own sounds. 

Open sound file format  

We make the file format public so that engine sound enthusiasts everywhere can make sound files from their own recordings and share with others. SoundRacer use four wav-files to build up the sound: idling, acceleration lower rpm, acceleration higher rpm and deceleration. We have made a Windows program that transforms the sound files to the SoundRacer proprietary file format, .srf, to be stored on the MicroSD card. There are also parameter settings available, such as a max rpm setting so that both low revving and high revving cars can get the best sound performance.

Building an engine sound community

I know that there are millions of people around the world that, like me, just love good engine sounds. It is a big part of the experience when you visit a car race and especially sports car companies make big efforts to give their cars an impressive sound. The great musician Herbert von Karajan once told Enzo Ferrari that his V12 engines produced "a burst of harmony no conductor could ever recreate". 
We have received a lot of requests for different engine sounds but have not been able to meet them before since it is too expensive to produce a small number of one-sound SoundRacer. 
With the new SoundRacer VX there is for the first time a market for trade and exchange of all the exciting engine sounds out there and we look forward to see that market develop.

Charge your mobile phone or tablet

The new SoundRacer VX have an USB socket with charging function so that you can charge your phone or tablet in your car.

Test of tablet charging with SoundRacer VX prototype
Test of tablet charging with SoundRacer VX prototype

 AUX output

SoundRacer has an FM transmitter that sends the engine sounds to the car FM radio but if your car has an AUX input you can connect the SoundRacer VX directly with the included cable. This is especially helpful in areas with a very crowded FM band.

AUX input, Car FM Transmitter

SoundRacer VX can also function as a Car FM Transmitter and send music from your phone or music player to the car audio system. 

The present model SoundRacer V8 used as an FM transmitter
The present model SoundRacer V8 used as an FM transmitter

Project status

We now have a development prototype with the hardware required for the new functions. The new version with a MicroSD memory card use the same software and hardware platform that we have developed for our electric vehicle sound system. As soon as the Kickstarter campaign goal is met we can engage the programmer to start merging the MicroSD reading routines into the present software. The prototype on the picture will be used for the final development and tests. 

1. FM frequency down button
2. FM frequency up button
3. AUX input/output switch
4. Next sound button
5. USB for charging phone or tablet
6. MicroSD card with multiple engine sounds
7. AUX socket

A new housing will be designed and we will try to make it even more stylish than the present model. This time we will make the housing foldable to better fit in to different car 12V sockets.

SoundRacer in media

The first version of SoundRacer received a lot of enthusiastic reviews in media: 

 Gizmag wrote:  "I reckon this is one of the best gadgets I've seen in years. The SoundRacer plugs into the cigarette lighter socket of your boring family car, then sends an FM signal to your car stereo that makes your car sound like a roaring V8, faithfully matching revs and basically making the meekest of cars feel like a monster truck."
And the exellent video the Gizmag reviewer Los Blain made is their third most watched ever with millions of views
 on YouTube.

 How SoundRacer works

SoundRacer plugs into the 12V socket in the car (used to be the cigarette lighter socket). In order to read the engine rpm it detects the small electric pulses that the AC alternator produces and performs a frequency analyzes about 10 times each second. The rpm info is then used to play one of the four engine sounds: idling, low rpm acceleration, high rpm acceleration and deceleration, at a speed that corresponds to the rpm reading. An FM transmitter circuit sends the sound to the car FM radio so that it can be heard in the car speakers.

SoundRacer is a unique product and the invention is patent protected in USA and other countries, patent pending in more countries.

Setting up the SoundRacer is a simple 1-2-3 routine:
1. Plug in SoundRacerin the 12V socket 2. Connect the AUX cable between SoundRacer and the audio system or, if the car has no AUX input, set the car radio to a free frequency and the SoundRacer on the same, an idling engine sound is heard in the car speakers.
3. Revv the engine to about 2500 rpm and release the throttle. When SoundRacer finds the right pulses you will hear one beep and when it finds the idling rpm you hear two beeps. Ready to go!

 Check here to see if SoundRacer works in your car before you pledge.

The rpm detection works in most cars in the world, manual and automatic, gasoline and diesel. On this page we have listed more than 450 car models that are tested by us or SoundRacer customers and the rpm detection works in more than 85% of all cars. 
Note! SoundRacer does not work in electric and hybrid cars as they do not have a 12V alternator. Very old cars have probably a DC generator that will probably not produce the required pulses. 

Project schedule

Risks and challenges

Developing a new product in a limited time is always a challenge, it is quite common that it takes longer time and cost more than expected.
The main parts of the technology in the new SoundRacer VX are already developed and verified in the present version of SoundRacer and in our sound module for electric vehicles so we are very confident that it can be finished and delivered as promised. We have also set a high enough goal so that we can hire the best consultants for the remaining development and industrial design. The time schedule is based on the development of the first version and have quite a good margin. Our subcontractor in China has already produced 140 000 SoundRacer V8, V10, V12 and V10J for us so we know that they also will be able to deliver the new SoundRacer VX in time and with good quality.

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    Support our development of the next generation SoundRacer and get the present model SoundRacer V8 in a gift box. This model have the awesome rumbling sound of a big block American V8 so that you can have a lot of fun while waiting for the SoundRacer VX if you have ordered that reward also.

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    Support our development of the next generation SoundRacer and get the present model SoundRacer V12 in a gift box. This model have the exiting sound of a high revving Italian V12 engine so that you can have a lot of fun while waiting for the SoundRacer VX if you have ordered that reward also.

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    The new SoundRacer VX with MicroSD memory card loaded with six great engine sounds: American V8, Italian V10, Japanese V10, Italian V12 Super Sports car sounds plus Japanese sport bike and Classic American V-Twin motorcycle sounds. USB charging function for your phone. AUX input for connection to music player to send music to the car audio system. AUX output for playing the engine sound in cars with AUX input.

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    Family pack: Two new SoundRacer VX with MicroSD memory card loaded with six great engine sounds: American V8, Italian V10, Japanese V10, Italian V12 Super Sports car sounds plus Japanese sport bike and Classic American V-Twin motorcycle sounds. USB charging function for your phone. AUX input for connection to music player to send music to the car audio system. AUX output for playing the engine sound in cars with AUX input. Expected retailer price for one SoundRacer VX is kr590 SEK (about US$79)

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    Big pack for family and friends: Five new SoundRacer VX with MicroSD memory card loaded with six great engine sounds: American V8, Italian V10, Japanese V10, Italian V12 Super Sports car sounds plus Japanese sport bike and Classic American V-Twin motorcycle sounds. USB charging function for your phone. AUX input for connection to music player to send music to the car audio system. AUX output for playing the engine sound in cars with AUX input.

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