Tiny lightweight connector package for motorsport

11th June 2020
Staff Reporter

Lane Electronics has added new connectors and connector assemblies to its motorsport product portfolio. Lane is well known for providing high performance electronic connector solutions where the application or the environment places huge demands on the integrity of the connection. Lane’s Motorsport Division bases its product offering around four manufacturers – Souriau and Nicomatic for the connectors, Weald Electronics for accessories including protective caps, gaskets and easy assembly nut plates and HellermannTyton for the all-important protective heat shrink moulded shapes and tubing.

The company is a leading assembling, value add distributor for Souriau, a leader in the manufacture of interconnection products used throughout the motorsport sector. Souriau’s 8STA circular connectors find wide application connecting engine control units, communications equipment, data acquisition systems, fuel pumps, starters, alternators and batteries throughout all levels of motorsport.

Connectors for motorsport, like those used in the military/aero industry, need to operate across a huge range of environments. Extremes of temperature, vibration and many unpleasant liquids come together to provide the ultimate integrity test for a connector. These environmental demands are just one area that makes the motorsport sector a unique challenge for electronic connector manufacturers.

Designers developing next generation motorsport platforms are always requesting ever more complex cable assemblies and harnesses that not only have smaller and lighter connectors but also have more contacts, a higher current capability and much faster signal and data speeds to cope with the developments in communications and hybrid power.

Lane Motorsport also offer Nicomatic’s popular 2mm pitch CMM series rectangular connectors and have just added the even smaller and lighter 1.27mm pitch EMM series which offers as much as 20% space saving when compared to standard MicroD connector systems.

Along with these connectors from Souriau and Nicomatic, Weald Electronics produces a new range of ultra-lightweight 8STA compatible accessories like protective caps, gaskets, nut plates and all the assembly tools required. Weald also provides a custom connector modification service that takes a standard product and alters its size and weight as required.

Good examples include the increasingly popular single flange receptacle which has a single hole fixing making box mounting simple or Weald’s tiny nut plate designed to make installation easier. These are made by Weald in the UK.

Many of HellermannTyton’s heat shrink moulded boots are made specifically for motorsport.  Lane Motorsport stocks standard boots, glue lined boots, high temperature boots for fuel tank applications, both straight and right-angled variants and the very popular VG9500 twin pack epoxy used to glue standard boots - mostly for next day delivery. 

Alongside these, the company also stocks the comprehensive range of HellermannTyton heat shrink moulded shapes and transitions as well as their heat shrink tubing in the same high temperature and fuel-resistant materials for complete harness protection.





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