Automotive | News-Spot | Lighting Applications | Mar 18, 2013

Le Mans Racecar Forward Lighting System Uses Custom Metal-Core PCB

A new LED forward lighting system for endurance race cars has been launched by Motorsport Electrical Specialist, Racetech Harnessing Ltd. These new headlights will make their debut at the 2013 Sebring 12hrs in Florida USA and are being installed for the Le Mans 24 hour race.

The system has been developed by Racetech over the past few years and uses specialist metal-backed PCB technology from DK Thermal. With a new custom metal-core PCB in their latest long range spotlight, Racetech have now added to their existing range of LED Motorsport headlights which incorporate multi-chip LED light source, intelligent driver electronics and active temperature management system and are designed to produce maximum track illumination.

Racetech Director John Truman says “The new long range LED spotlight is an exciting addition to our already innovative range of solid state lighting. We were supported professionally and efficiently by DK Thermal and are looking forward to future projects.” DK Thermal Managing Director Andrew Grisbrooke was pleased to support Racetech in their venture “We worked great as a team and are pleased to have been able to contribute to the development of this impressive product. We wish the Sebring and Le Mans teams great success”

Due to recent developments in the opto-semiconductor industry LED intensity, colour temperature and luminous efficacy now supersedes the performance of conventional automotive lighting systems. In addition to this LEDs are solid state components which are able to withstand shock and vibration much better than conventional light sources and have a very long life-span, which explains their use in a number of high-end road cars. With precision manufactured, compact PCBs these headlight modules are produced in a small, neat, light weight package and are being installed for the Le Mans 24 hour race to ensure drivers are equipped to high standards of maximum safety and reliability.