Cool Down Lap Light Introduced

NewsPosted on 5th December 2014

Time Attack® Cool Down Lap Light For 2015

For the very first time in our history we have created a Championship specification part which is to be installed as a mandatory item on all Time Attack cars* for the 2015 season to aid the information, awareness and potential intentions between drivers on track in our sessions.  The following cars are not required to run the light as mandatory:  Clubman class cars and One Hit Wonders in any class that only compete once in the season. OHW’s that compete more than one round must install the light for the second and subsequent events.

The new Cool Down Lap Light [ CDLL ] has been developed for Time Attack by motorsport industry specialists Cartek Automotive as a spec item to further enhance the driver awareness on track of cars which are not attacking the circuit on that particular lap and are keeping out of the way of others on hot laps during competition.

The light has been specifically manufactured for Time Attack by Cartek from their existing MSA rain light variant which has unique features for use only in Time Attack where we have specific competition requirements compared to other motorsport formulas.

The light is to be installed on the rear centre line of the car so it is visible to cars following behind and is additionally plumbed in to the cars existing headlamp wiring system. When the cars headlamps are off, the light will emit a special high intensity sequence of flashes to denote that the car is not on a flying lap [ TA cars are required to put on headlamps to signal to others when they are on a hot lap ]. When the car is on a hot lap and the headlamps are switched on, the CDDL switches off completely to indicate to others that the car is no longer on a cool lap and is now attacking the circuit.

There is also an additional switch that can over ride the function for use in darkness or in wet conditions [ where headlamps must be switched on regardless of whether a car is attacking or not ] so that headlamps can be put on and the light can still flash as desired.

The light comes as a full kit including the special switch and fitting instructions and is exclusively available from the Time Attack shop here.

Each Time Attack car will be scrutineered for the correct install and functioning of the light at each round as part of the normal MSA scrutineering process. The specific light and its function are spec items to Time Attack and no other light or switching/flashing sequence will be permitted to be used by teams.

The light is a Championship spec item for the following reasons:

  • Specific high intensity flashing sequence only seen in Time Attack to ensure uniform and unmistakable identity of all cars not running at full pace for approaching cars
  • Specific wiring of the light to allow for interruption by headlamp circuit
  • MSA/FIA approved and sealed all weather unit
  • Spec switch to over ride the system in wet/darkness conditions

The light comes for use in a horizontal LED layout and has two mounting studs in the rears of the casing for easy fitment – additional lengths of wiring and or connectors may be required and are not included in the kit. Wiring instructions are included.

CDLL Specification:
  • Size: 90mm X 57mm
  • Weight: 135g
  • Construction:One-piece solid resin moulding
  • Lighting: Fifteen 10mm multi-chip LEDs, 5×3 formation, 40cm² area
  • Intensity: 220cd straight ahead, 190cd @ 10deg Up, Down, Left, Right (Universal orientation)
  • Mounting: Two M6 stainless steel studs
  • Electrical: 9V – 16V, 250mA @ 13.5V = 3.3W (static), 130mA @ 13.5V = 1.8W (flashing)

IMPORTANT NOTE : To meet our 2015 regulations this light must be used by qualifying vehicles as defined above. It may appear the same as the normal Cartek rain light but its function and features are completely different.

Time Attack Cool Down Light Kit
Time Attack Cool Down Light Kit

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