Lane Motorsport sponsored student racing team comes first in the Formula Hybrid Challenge

HyTech Lane Motorsport Team

We are delighted to announce that another of our sponsored student racing car teams has had a very successful year. This time the competition was in the United States. Our team – HyTech Racing – is a student-run organisation at the Georgia Institute of Technology (better known as Georgia Tech) and entered the Formula Hybrid challenge as defending champions. Once again, they were placed first in the Electric Only class.

Formula Hybrid is an annual student engineering competition consisting of both static (Design and Project Management) as well as dynamic (Acceleration, Autocross, and Endurance) events. According to the organiser, it represents a holistic engineering challenge across multiple disciplines with the goal of designing and building the best hybrid or electric racing car.

HyTech Racing designed and built a fully-electric racing car and won the class with an outstanding 899.2 points out of a possible 1000. The nearest challenger was Princeton University with 636.58!!

HyTech Racing On the Endurance Course

On the Endurance Course

This meant the team beat its previous record, finishing first in the Autocross event with a 44.092 second heat. They were also the only team this year to finish the 44km  Endurance course – something only one other electric team has ever done. First place in the Design Presentation and second place in the Project Management Presentation proved the team’s design methodologies stood up to rigid scrutiny.

HyTech Racing Car Tilt Test

Tilt Test

The car (pictured) also weighed in as the lightest vehicle at the competition at 368 lbs. That is a 45 lb reduction from last year’s vehicle. The HyTech electric car uses a number of Souriau 8STA motorsport connector systems, accessories and tooling all designed for applications right across motorsport from exciting projects like HyTech Racing to the demanding environment that is Formula One. According to HyTech’s Team President Nathan Cheek, incorporating the Souriau 8STA connector system brought many benefits over the previous connector types. These include a five-fold increase in pin density, a five-fold reduction in terminal installation time and a five-fold increase in mating cycles from 100 to 500.

HT04 / Souriau 8STA Accumulator connector (left) compared with HT03 Accumulator connector (right)

Lane Motorsport is an assembling distributor for Souriau.

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We are Souriau’s first and only Value Add Distributor for 8STA HD connector systems

8STA High Density Connectors

We are really proud to announce that Lane Motorsport has become Souriau’s first distributor approved to assemble the company’s industry leading 8STA High Density (HD) connector system. This is in addition to the Value Add service we offer  for the standard ranges of Souriau’s 8STA connectors widely used throughout all types of motorsport.

As the only value add distributor approved to assemble the high density versions, we can put together many plan forms including 0812, 1026, 1243 and 1468 with insert arrangements with both crimp and PC tail terminations. We can also help customers who need special shell requirements too!

According to Lane Motorsport’s Pete Costin, this approval means customers can come to Lane for their high density prototype, small volume and urgent connector requirements which can be turned around very quickly.

Lane Motorsport Assembly Team

Lane Motorsport’s commitment to the new Souriau VAD service is backed up by a skilled, dedicated team of professionals based at the company’s UK headquarters.

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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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