Please, don't laugh, I'm pretty amateurish about this...
I use Bosch software, LapSim and WinDarab, for cars with Motronics injection (BMW only, in my case). LapSim is "universal" (that is, you can use it to simulate anything) but Win Darab is pegged to Motronics.
I also have a very old (bought around 2000) Brembo acquisition card with "ride height" sensors made with cheap measuring lasers, adapted locally,
but I imagine it's discontinued, as I could not find the webpage again.
For Bosch software, check here: http://www.bosch-motorsport.com/content ... l/3589.htm
The documentation is here: http://www.bosch-motorsport.com/content ... Manual.pdf
And here: http://www.bosch-motorsport.com/content ... mV2007.pdf
I posted in my site a scan of the article about simulations, that appeared in RaceTech magazine, just in case, here:
: the data logger by Bosch costs around 2.300 euros, I bought the card from Brembo by U$300... I use it in karts, that explains it all.
Second warning: you can stop reading now, this is NOT what you're looking for, but it could help you tangentially.
I've also rigged "locally" a system by Vectra
, a really old (founded in the XVIIIth century, I swear) french firm, using a GPS (with 3 meters precission) and a computer to get the track center coordinates, like this:
If you have a GPS you can get more or less accurate coordinates if you use WAAS. Otherwise, you have to pay around 500US to get good precission for a post-processing.
The Vectra system is originally developed for road inventory (I helped to install it for a colombian road agency). It's also rigged by me to use a taxicab distance measuring device (I swear I'm not making this up). You can laugh now...
Anyway, I'm sure that the guys around here that have specific experience with Formula Student can help you more. I just use all this paraphernalia to play around with the karts at our local track. I've learnt a lot (that's something easy to do, as I don't know a lot).
Something I've found really useful is to deduce the track coordinates from Google Earth pictures. You'll need ArcGis (or some GIS software capable of projecting coordinate systems) and AutoCAD or similar to get them. The results are pretty impressive, as I've explained at my site:
Autocad drawing of Catalunya circuit - Story of a restitution extraordinaire
(follow the link at the bottom of the page). I was able to deduce the length of straights, the radii of curves and the approximate equations of transition curves, like this:
Of course, I cannot find slopes that way, , nor lateral nor longitudinal, that's something you have to measure directly (or estimate, if you wish).
I'd be glad to help with that last, unnecesary
part about track coordinates, if time allows me (it never does!).