Size 01 8STA connectors and accessories save space weight and assembly time

Souriau 8STA size 01 Motorsport Connectors and Accessories

Lane Motorsport has available tine Souriau size 01 8STA circular connector series and has matched it with a range of ultra-light size 01 compatible connector accessories.

The size 01 8STA circular connector series offers a significant 20% saving in size and weight over size 02 8STA connectors while maintaining all the performance advantages of the larger model such as resistance to motorsport fluids and an integral anti-vibration design.

Souriau’s size 01 connectors accommodate three removable #26 contacts that can handle wires from 24 to 30 AWG. Other features include seven colour-coded orientations, PCB options and a boot termination feature. Featuring a rugged aluminium body plated with conductive black Zinc as standard, these 8STA connectors incorporate a positive locking mechanism. Lane Motorsport has also made available a single flange version for even further weight saving.

Lane Motorsport’s accessories range includes protective caps, gaskets, nut plates and heat shrink boots products made by HellermannTyton and Weald Electronics.

Weald Electronics’ size 01 aluminium protective caps are about 50 percent lighter than the standard size 02 and feature an anti-vibration locking design. They are available in versions for plugs and receptacles and can be supplied with or without a flexible, stainless steel micro wire rope lanyard.

HellermannTyton’s size 01 heat shrink boots are available exclusively from Lane Motorsport. Available in straight and 90⁰ versions, these strain relieving boots for backshell to cable transitions are adhesive lined and made from fuel-proof material.

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Autosport Engineering 2019 – Lane Motorsport’s booth among the most popular

Lane Motorsport stand on Autosport Engineering 2019 show

There was huge interest in our connectors and connector accessories at this year’s Autosport Engineering show at Birmingham’s NEC. As before, we were promoting a comprehensive electronic interconnection package based around Souriau’s 8STA connector series and a wide variety of accessories made by HellermannTyton and Weald Electronics.

Our booth showcased a very comprehensive motorsport interconnection package which you see and purchase online at our website

On display for the first time was HellermannTyton’s SE28 Series heat shrink tubing, an exact replacement for DR-25 tubing. The tubing protects against mechanical damage and resists destructive fluids such as diesel and aviation fuels and those found in hydraulic systems. It has an operating temperature range of -75ºC up to +150ºC making the tubing ideal for applications across most motorsport platforms.

Although we showed a variety of standard products, visitors were interested in our ability to assemble and test Souriau circular connectors from our extensive stock of 8STA piece parts and connector accessories. This means we can tailor connector solutions to meet exact customer requirements on very short delivery times.

Couldn’t get to the show? Need more information about our connectors for motorsport?  Contact us by emailing motorsport@fclane.com or calling us on +44 (0) 1403 790 661.

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Heat shrink tubing for the most demanding applications

SE28 Heat Shrink Tubing for Motorsport connectors

 

We have made a key addition to our connector accessories portfolio. These are high performance heat shrink tubing products from HellermannTyton.

The HellermannTyton SE28 Series is being increasingly specified by designers across the motorsport, aerospace, defence and railway sectors and we have them in stock in the most popular 2:1 sizes including 2.4, 3.2, 4.8 and 12.7. According to Peter Costin, SE28 heat shrink tubing is a direct replacement for DR-25 tubing which many users are currently finding difficult to source.

SE28 tubing is made from cross linked elastomer and has an operating temperature range of -75ºC up to +150ºC making the tubing ideal for applications across most motorsport platforms.

HellermannTyton’s SE28 Series heat shrink tubing is designed to protect cable and cable harnesses from mechanical damage such as abrasion. It also resists a wide range of destructive fluids including diesel and aviation fuels as well as those found in hydraulic systems.

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Loughborough’s Formula Student team – Looking forward to 2019

LuMotorsport Team

Attached to this blog is a just published newsletter highlighting Loughborough University’s formula student team known as LUMotorsport. Lane Motorsport is a sponsor providing the team with high performance electronic connectors and accessories based around the Souriau 8STA platform which is used throughout all forms of motorsport.

The newsletter, like an earlier blog posted on this site, details how the 2018 season panned out, but of equal interest is some information regarding the plans the LUMotorsport team has for the coming 2019 season.

There are also some details of LUMotorsport’s opportunity to display its car at the Royal Automobile Club in London where the car, known as LFS18, joined some of the most iconic vehicles in the world – from winning Formula 1 cars such as the McLaren M23 driven by James Hunt, to famous vintage cars including the Lagonda M35R.

For the coming season the LU team plan to concentrate on improving the car’s aerodynamics, its fuel efficiency, engine performance and a totally new chassis.

Read on……LuMotorsport Newsletter – Winter 2018_2019

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Lane Motorsport at Autosport Engineering 2019

Lane Motorsport on Autosport Engineering 2019 show

Lane Motorsport will showcase its most comprehensive electronics connector and accessory package to-date on stand E760.  Based around the industry leading Souriau 8STA Series, Lane Motorsport’s range of connector accessories from HellermannTyton and Weald Electronics is designed to not only handle the most extreme environments, but also to save time and money during assembly, installation and replacement.

Together, these products complete a comprehensive motorsport interconnection package which is also available to specify and purchase online.

Souriau’s 8STA compact circular connectors are used extensively throughout all levels of motorsport in applications ranging from engine control units, batteries, communications equipment, data acquisition systems, and harnesses. Lane Motorsport is certified to assemble and test Souriau circular connectors and holds extensive stocks of 8STA piece parts and accessories, allowing the company to provide connector solutions to meet precise customer requirements on very short delivery times.

These 8STA connectors are offered together with time saving nut plates and gaskets as well as lightweight protective caps (25% lighter than current models) shell machined from solid corrosion resistant aluminium. Available with or without lanyards, they also feature an anti-vibration locking design.

The heat-shrinkable protective boots from HellermannTyton are specially formulated to combine high electric strength, mechanical toughness, and superior chemical and environmental resistance. Newly added to the HellermannTyton product range is the SE28 Series, an exact replacement for DR-25 tubing. Lane Motorsport has the SE28 tubing in most popular 2:1 sizes including 2.4, 3.2, 4.8 and 12.7.

SE28 Series heat shrink tubing protects cable and cable harnesses from mechanical damage such as abrasion and resists most destructive fluids such as diesel and aviation fuels and those found in hydraulic systems. It is made from cross linked elastomer and has an operating temperature range of -75ºC up to +150ºC making the tubing ideal for applications across most motorsport platforms.

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Heat shrink tubing for demanding motorsport applications

SE28 HellermannTyton heat shrinkable tubing

If your high-performance application demands the best heat shrink tubing, then we have exactly what you need. The HellermannTyton SE28 Series is available in most popular 2:1 sizes including 2.4, 3.2, 4.8 and 12.7.

Specified by designers for motorsport, aerospace and defence as well as railway applications, SE28 Series heat shrink tubing protects cable and cable harnesses from mechanical damage such as abrasion and resists most destructive fluids such as diesel and aviation fuels and those found in hydraulic systems.

Made from cross linked elastomer, HellermannTyton’s SE28 Series has an operating temperature range of -75ºC up to +150ºC making the tubing ideal for applications across most motorsport platforms.

We are a leading supplier of HellermannTyton’s heat shrink products and hold extensive stocks available in a wide range of sizes, material and adhesive options for immediate delivery.

Click here for more details.

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Professional Motorsport World – Another great show for Lane Motorsport

Lane Motorsport at PMW 2018 show

Once again, Cologne’s Professional Motorsport World Expo proved to be a very successful show for Lane Motorsport. It’s an event covers almost everything that is new and important in Motorsport.

We took the chance to showcase our high-performance electronic interconnection package designed specifically for most motorsport platforms. This includes the extensive range of Souriau 8STA connectors along with hardware accessories from Weald Electronics and heat shrink products from HellermannTyton.

A lot of interest was shown in Weald’s lightweight caps, nut plates and gaskets, many of which can be modified by Lane Motorsport to further reduce weight, space needed and installation time.

PMW 2018 Lane Motorsport stand visitors

Lane Motorsport is now the largest supplier of HellermannTyton’s motorsport related heat-shrinkable protective boots specially formulated to combine high electric strength, mechanical toughness, and superior chemical and environmental resistance. The company’s size 01 heat shrink boots are adhesive lined and made from fuel-proof material and are exclusively available from Lane Motorsport. Available in straight and 90⁰ versions, these are heat shrinkable, strain relieving boots for backshell to cable transitions.

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Meet us at Professional MotorSport World Expo, Cologne, 07-09 November 2018

Professional MotorSport World Expo 2018

One again Lane Motorsport will showcase Souriau 8STA series of connectors designed to reliably connect technology in all forms of motorsport. Applications for these space and weight saving, high performance products within autosport platforms include connecting engine management systems and sensors, batteries, fuel pumps, starters, alternators, and control and data carrying harnesses.

Along with the 8STA connectors themselves, Lane Motorsport will present a comprehensive package of 8STA compatible accessories manufactured by Weald Electronics and heatshrink boots made by HellermannTyton. Lane Motorsport is now HellermannTyton’s biggest distributor of boots for the motorsport market with large stocks of the standard boots, glue lined boots and high temperature boots for fuel tank applications etc.

Weald Electronics accessories include ultra lightweight protective caps, nut plates and gaskets designed to save weight and meet the extreme environments found within the autosport sector.

We now have a facility in which the tiny Size 01 Souriau 8STA connector series can be modified and remodeled to suit a customer’s specific application. Examples on show at PMW will include weight and space saving single flange versions of the standard connector and custom gaskets or nut plates that match the profile of the modified connector.

For the latest motorsport connector solutions visit our stand no 6066 or if you would like to arrange an appointment beforehand, please contact us by emailing motorsport@fclane.com or calling us on +44 (0) 1403 790 661.

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Loughborough’s Formula Student team has another great season

Loughborough’s Formula Student team sponsored by Lane Motorsport

Regular visitors to this site will know that Lane Motorsport provides interconnection solutions – primarily based on the Souriau 8STA platform – to the Formula Student team at Loughborough University (LU Motorsport). Souriau’s 8STA circular connectors are ideal for applications where high performance, small size and light weight are key factors – most notably in the motorsport sector. Lane is an assembling distributor for Souriau connector products and offers standard connectors from stock and customer specific connectors assembled to order on short lead times.

The Formula Student programme tasks a university team to produce a prototype for a single-seat race car for autocross or sprint racing and present it to a hypothetical manufacturing firm. The car must be low in cost, easy to maintain and reliable, with high performance in terms of its acceleration, braking, and handling qualities.

During the competition, teams must demonstrate the logic behind their proposal and must be able to demonstrate that it can support a viable business model for both parties.

Loughborough’s 2018 car, known as LFS18, was an improvement over last year’s car thanks to some significant changes aimed at saving weight and improving driveability. The car weighed in at 215.5kg with fluids, down from 230kg the year before. This was mainly thanks to the teams change from 13in wheels to 10in wheels that required a full redesign of the suspension geometry and chassis.

Loughborough’s Formula Student team sponsored by Lane Motorsport

Season’s ups and downs

According to Josh Harris, Deputy Team Leader at LU Motorsport, the car put in a very strong performance at Silverstone finishing 5th in Skidpad, 5th in Acceleration 10th in Autocross and 8th in Endurance.

“Overall the team finished in 10th place, our highest finishing position since 2010. During the Endurance event we also won the ‘Top Individual Driver’ award for one of the drivers. Said Josh Harris.

Loughborough’s Formula Student car

“The team set off to Europe immediately after the UK event to compete in Formula Student East held at the ZalaZone in Hungary. We were on a high after FSUK but unfortunately the car suffered an issue that caused it to impact the crash barriers within the test area. Most importantly, the driver was completely uninjured. However, the car suffered some bodywork and suspension damage. The team worked extremely hard to fix the car but unfortunately missed the opportunity to set an acceleration/skid pad time by a matter of minutes.” Adds Josh Harris

However, the team was able to get the car out to complete three Autocross laps before a clutch issue stopped the final run. The car set a great lap time even without any aerodynamic bodywork fitted. After completing the Endurance event the following day, the team secured an overall finishing position of 24th.

Following FS East the team travelled to FS Czech. The team spent most of the build-up rebuilding the aero package after spare parts were sent out. The car passed scrutineering seconds before they closed before dynamic events – it was a mammoth effort from the team. Overall the team finished 26th in a very competitive field.

This year the team was able to use one of the University’s engine dynamometers in order to help improve its mapping. They successfully increased torque by 20Nm at 4000rpm which vastly improved the driveability of the car around the tight Formula Student tracks. The implementation of a custom gearbox was also hugely successful as this improved the spacing of the gear ratios and allowed for greater performance in the acceleration event especially (a best time of 4.098s achieved at FSUK over 75m).

Loughborough’s Formula Student team car

Taking the season as a whole, LU Motorsport finished 10th out of a total of 81 entries.

For Lane Motorsport, Pete Costin said, “Helping LU Motorsport over the past few years with interconnect solutions has been a very interesting and rewarding exercise. Watching each year’s team improve the car’s design and performance has been very satisfying. Souriau’s miniature connector platforms are designed for the exacting environment that is motorsport and the Loughborough team continues to make the most of 8STA’s high performance capability.”

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Souriau 8STA connectors and accessories can be modified to meet specific customer needs

Souriau 8STA Size 01 Modified Motorsport Connectors

We have developed a facility in which the tiny Souriau 01 8STA connector series can be modified and remodeled to suit a customer’s specific application.

According to Peter Costin, our Business Development Manager, many customers have a specific requirement often not met by a standard product. “The need to save weight and space, no matter how small, in a motorsport platform is crucial.” Says Peter Costin. “As an example, we can save weight by turning a standard connector into a single flange version using the same high precision machining techniques used by the manufacturer. We can produce custom nut plates or gaskets that match the profile of the modified connector”. Adds Costin.

Souriau’s size 01 8STA connector claims as much as a 20% saving in size and weight over the bigger 02 series. This while demonstrating the performance advantages including resistance motorsport fluids.

The Souriau size 01 connectors accommodate #26 removable contacts and wires from 24 to 30 AWG.

Our size 01 8STA interconnection package also features a range of heatshrink boots made by HellermannTyton and ultra-lightweight protective caps by Weald Electronics.

 

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