With the world full of apps that allow users to do everything from watching live sports to buying groceries, it’s no surprise that the automotive aftermarket performance industry should be in the game as well. We’ve compiled a few of the best automotive apps for both the iPhone and the Android in no particular order to help you make your car run its very best.
Designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Rev uses Wi-Fi to monitor, display and record real-time vehicle data by communicating directly with your car’s ECU via it’s OBD-II port, meaning that vehicles built in 1996 or later are supported. The app monitors information ranging from vehicle speed to RPM and fuel consumption, engine coolant temperature, fuel pressure and more. It’s a perfect tool for keeping track of vehicle diagnostics whether you are trying to achieve the perfect balance after a build, dialing in precise data for your street/strip machine or are just curious about how well your car is running. Two versions are available, Rev and Rev Lite. Rev will set you back $39.99, while Rev Lite, offering fewer features and options, is available for free.
If a way to measure horsepower and flat out speed is what you desire from an app, Dynolicious should satisfy you. Available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, the app is a handy tool for drag racing enthusiasts. Featuring the ability to measure ¼ mile ETs, ¼ mile trap speeds, acceleration, overall horsepower and G-forces, Dynolicious also stores a history of test runs, and allows you to enter any performance modifications. The app uses charts and graphs to illustrate data, and requires no setup or wires, as it takes advantage of the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer to produce information. Dynolicious is available for $12.99 in the App Store.
Advanced Lap Tracker
We’ll be honest, this kind of just seems like a glorified stopwatch, but it could potentially eliminate the need to carry an actual stopwatch to the track since the same information will now be available in your phone. Plus it’s free. Advanced Lap Tracker saves the date the event was created, the name of the event, the lap times, and if you’d like, the location of the event. Plus it supports multiple users. It’s a handy tool for circle track and road racers who want to check times after making changes to the car or trying different lines. And the save feature allows racers to quickly go back and see what times they were running when they make repeat visits to the same track, instead of digging through dozens of pages of notebooks.
Bosch Light ’Em Up Dyno
This iPhone and iPod Touch app direct from Bosch is another dyno that fits in the palm of your hand. The free version is an easy way to measure your car’s 0-60 MPH time, while the $4.99 full edition lets you measure horsepower, ¼ mile times and lateral Gs, and post them on lightemup.com. What’s more, Bosch offers a variety of discounts on spark plugs when users download the Light ’Em Up app.
Classic Car Guide
Whether you’re standing in the middle of a junkyard or in the car corral at a show, the Classic Car Guide app helps you determine just what that ’56 Chevy you’ve had your eye on is worth. The app, designed by Keith Martin, editor and publisher of Sports Car Market, records actual sale prices of collector cars and provides price estimates and listings of cars in your area. The Classic Car Guide puts all your pre-buy research right at your fingertips. Get it in the App Store for free. Also available for the Android.
Dynomaster for Android applications features a wealth of options and measurements beneficial to racers of all kinds, but seems especially helpful to drag racers. The app offers users the ability to record everything from position to speed and acceleration, along with ETs of 1/4 mile, 1/8 mile and 60 foot passes. Dynomaster even allows you to share data via social media and send it as a spreadsheet for analysis in Microsoft Excel or Office. Designed by Trackaroo, the company also provides apps that help racers set up specifics such as tire weights and camber, and offers a variety of brand specific applications. The Dynomaster app will set the user back $4.99 in Google Play. http://dynomaster.trackaroo.com/web/dynomaster
aLapRecorderHD asks you to mount your phone to the vehicle’s windshield or dashboard while you’re on the road or track. More information than you could possibly imagine will then be delivered straight to your fingertips. Not only does the app record a lap of the circuit to watch, but it also records GPS location information, accelerometer data, vehicle speed, engine RPM, throttle position and much more. aLapRecorder even lets users load a track’s lap and sector details from a list of world circuits, or provides the opportunity to create your own track. The app then provides a stunning variety of charts and graphs detailing speed traps, sector times, cornering details and more. The demo version of aLapRecorderHD is free in Google Play, while $6.50 will upgrade to the full edition.
Designed specifically for automotive professionals and enthusiasts, Torque allows users to monitor their ECU and gather real time on-board diagnostics from the various sensors that are connected to it. The app utilizes the OBD2 diagnostic connector on late model vehicles to deliver custom dashboards and dials, 0-60 and ¼ mile times, the ability to measure horsepower and torque and find and clear fault codes. Serving as both a performance and diagnostic app, this is a must have for any gearhead who wants to dial in the precise tune in his or her ride for every situation. Torque is available for $4.95 in Google Play.
Designed by Palmer Performance, DashCommand is one of the more high end Android apps we’ve come across, but the features make it worth it. Using OBD-II data monitoring and logging, and utilizing patent pending DashXL technology, the built-in dashboards can display a total of 27 gauges, featuring data pulled directly from your engine’s control module. DashCommand is a convenient tool whether you need to run diagnostics to service your engine, track everything from real-time fuel mileage to body roll and pitch, or select the proper tune for your trip to the track. This app is available in Google Play for $39.95. Also available for the iPhone.
Cars For Sale Pro
The simple name of this app says it all. Beneficial to both private buyers and dealers, Cars For Sale Pro provides a detailed listing of new and used cars for sale, either in your area or throughout the entire United States. Be as general or as specific as you would like. So whether you are looking for a Camaro just like you owned in high school, a brand new Dodge Ram, or simply trying to find any Ford Torino with a 429 Cobra Jet, Cars For Sale Pro lets you do it by searching car sites across the internet. The app scours everything from Autotrader to eBay Motors, Craigslist and more to come up with an extensive list of available vehicles. The app is available for free in Google Play.
SpeedDealz.com is a members-only flash sale website that publishes a single deal each business day. The continuously revolving inventory comes from some of the performance automotive aftermarket’s biggest names, and is offered at 40 to 75 percent off published retail prices. However, once the day is over, the deal is gone forever. Becoming a member only requires providing basic contact information and answering a few market research questions. You can view the daily sale through any internet browser at www.SpeedDealz.com, by downloading an app for your iPhone, or by setting your preferences to allow a daily message to your email address. Featuring offers for everything from hot rods and street performance machines to engine shops and serious race applications, SpeedDealz.com has deals that no car enthusiasts can afford to miss.
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