Bright firm in pole position

Pictured is Ripley-based Racetech Harnessing's new LED headlight system in action at a motorcar race.
Pictured is Ripley-based Racetech Harnessing's new LED headlight system in action at a motorcar race.

DERBYSHIRE’S Racetech Harnessing is facing a bright future after its new LED headlight system was used by a top team at the famous 24-hour Le Mans motorcar race.

The electrical systems firm, based at Poppyfields, Ripley, developed the first commercially available light emitting diode headlight system last year and the headlamps have been designed for endurance race cars and have potential for road use.

Racetech spokesman John Truman said: “We’ve already seen great success with on track testing and at the first race in March at the Sebring 12 hour event in Florida.

“Being part of the Le Mans 24 hours was a massive achievement. The future looks to be bright for Racetech Harnessing.

“Positive feedback continues to come in and we’re hoping to develop a road car version using this experience and some of the components we’ve developed so far.

“The target market for the road car lights would be low volume niche cars and electric vehicle manufacturers.”

Racetech has also supplied the LED lights, which help save fuel and reduce carbon emissions by consuming as little as a third of the energy of traditional bulbs, to a top GT team for lighting on their car at the Spa 24 hour race event.

Hi-tech advisors Transport iNet, at Loughborough University, helped with support and funding for the initial design of Racetechs’s LED headlight system.

Transport iNet, which is funded by East Midlands Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund, aims to increase innovation and improve competition, margins, sustainability and growth.

It is also helping with a further grant for the development of a new long range lens which was used at Le Mans.

Transport iNet spokesman James Reeves said: “Racetech Harnessing is the first company in the world to have an LED headlight system available to buy so we knew it would receive fantastic feedback from the industry.”

Those interested in Transport iNet can visit www.eminnovation.org.uk/transport or call 01509 635270.