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The Aamgard Blog 2020
Motec Displays and Dashlogger
Additional to misc. motor control units, the Australian motorsport specialist Motec offers a broad range of high class racing displays and dashlogger. Since 2013 Aamgard Engineering sells Motec products, builds wiring looms and develops electrics and setups for these systems.
Therefor we find great support at the company Brückle Motorsport Consulting. With more than twenty years of experience, owner Werner Brückle is one of the European Motec partners from the very start. Thanks a lot for the extraordinary good co-operation!
New Kids at the Block: TipFlash Modules with Superseal Connector
The packaging is new, the electronics is proven: The standard variant of our high beam flasher now has a Superseal connector housing. For customers ease, the new kit also contains the mating connector. Superseal connectors are simple to work with. In case of damages on the wiring looms, each well-sorted electronics shop can supply a cheap replacement of it.
Conservative Technology - Fresh Thinking: Cut-Off Relays from Kissling
There are different possibilities for emergency cut-off of a race car battery:
- cut-off switches with mechanical activating
- electronic solid-state cut-off modules
- electromagnetic high power cut-off relays
The first solution, in motorsports also used to be called ''the bone'', needs a bowden cable across the vehicle to be operated equally by driver and from outside the car. Advantages: Simple, cheap, easy and proven technology.
Solid-State electronic switches have the great advantage, that they are small in dimensions and could be mounted nearly anywhere inside the car. For operating, only small push buttons with low-current wires are needed. Disadvantage: Even the budget modules are not very reliable. Neither they do provide real galvanic cut-off between battery, alternator and system electrics. So, after accidents there is a remaining risk of arcing even after tripping. In most cases, we avoid to use that products.
For test bed applications or for classic racing cars we suggest the last solution: Battery cut-off relays from the German manufacturer Kissling. These components are sturdy, have breaking capacities up to 1000 Amp, offer misc. configurations regarding main and supporting contacts and ensure full galvanic cut-off.
Rapid Prototyping: Yes, We Three Dee
Primarily planned to build design space samples, tools and auxiliaries, meanwhile we also build prototype and small volume parts with our 3D printer.
After careful consideration, a dual-head FDM printer of manufacturer Craft Unique has been purchased. Print quality, dimensional accuracy and reliability are good by now. Indeed, also we had to pay dearly: There were nearly no problems with calibration and accuracy from the beginning, but a lot of trouble with filament feeding. The original spool holder is simply waste. So, we had to build a new one - something what may not be necessary at this price class.
Some further ''Gremlins'' in hardware and software had to be resolved or are of minor importance for daily work. Conclusio: Today, 3D printing at semi-pro level is still no self-selling system. But with some basic aptitudes, printers at medium price levels could be convinced to produce very appropriate results.
If you want to share your 3D printing experience or are interested in 3D rapid prototyping: Please send an e-mail.
Restauration Project: Ex Kremer Porsche 962
As successor of the Porsche 956, the 962 was that one Porsche customer prototype sportscar of the eighties. Nearly onehundred cars of the Porsche 962 have been build. Most of them where used by privat racing teams, mostly at the prototype world championship and the American IMSA sportc car champinoship.
Like others, the Cologne based team Kremer Racing has advanced the original 962 and build about a dozen of these cars, raced and sold all around the world. Today, one of that ex-Kremer cars is property of Dortmund based gentleman racing team DMH Motorsport. Last year it has been totally restored. Engine and engine electrics have been revised by French specialist Lorrtec. Aamgard Engineering was responsible for the chassis looms, the dashboard electronics and the lighting system. Hereby, with use of modern materials, we were able to reduce the overall weight of the electrics by approx. 8kg.
Photos and info with kind approval of DMH Motorsport.
Form Follows Function: An Artful Dashboard is Made
Building a new dashboard for a classic Le mans prototype is no rocket science. But to get an aesthetic, functional and enduring part, even matching the historic artwork, a lot of attention to detail is required.
For the carrier plates our customer asked about carbon fibre material - not exactly true to original but due to the tremendous aesthetics a perfect fit. Since the genuine signal lamps are no longer available, we carefully modified look-alike parts and painted them black. Also the starter button. The dip switches are high-grade ITW products with matching rubber caps. The rev counter is a modern but classical looking dial gauge from Stack, very close to the original part. Unlike the old cabling, we used modern automotive wires and Deutsch resp. Souriau interconnectors. Missing on the photo are the capillary tube gauges for coolant temperature and engine oil pressure. Both have been fitted to the dashboard at customers site later.
Build, wiring and final assembly, each left to right:
- carbon fibre carrier rear side view, assembled with switches and signal lamps
- dashboard front view, assembly ready for electric wiring
- electric cabling work in progress at the three single dashboard segments
- new electrics completed and mounted inside a classic Le Mans sportscar
- classic-look Aamgard dashboard with modern technology, ready for the next thirty years
The overall weight of the dashboard has been reduced from any above 3kg down to 1,8kg.
You want to refurbish your race car? Ask about electrics, wiring looms and dashboards made by Aamgard Engineering. We would be pleased about your request, either by phone or e-mail.
Wiring Looms for Ford Cosworth DFV and DFL Race Engines
Aamgard Engineering frequently builds
new wiring looms
for Cosworth race engines
as used e.g. in the BOSS series, Formula 3000, many classic Le Mans prototypes
and in hill climb cars.
Top: Wiring loom with Cannon connectors for classic Cosworth and Lucas control units.
Left: Cosworth DM 3464 injection control box and Lucas HKZ spark box.
Right: Ford Cosworth DFL with Aamgard electric wiring inside a classic Le Mans sportscar.
New electric harness for your race car? We would be pleased about your phone call or e-mail
Bright and Reliable: Conversion of Classic Rear Lamps to LED Technology
One of our latest projects has been the renewal of a Porsche 962 Le Mans sportscars electrics. With that matter, the 'tractor style' rear lights commonly used for endurance prototypes of the eighties, have been retrofitted to modern LED technology. The converted lamps are now watertight (IP67+), do have a reliable Deutsch ASL connector and are obviously brighter than the old bulb lamps. For endurance cars also important: The electric power consumption is more than halved.
Buoyant Beetle: VW 1303 RS in Racing Trim
Race Beetle with Momo carbon steering wheel and electric assembly by Aamgard Engineering. Many thanks to driver and car owner Christian Stelzer for the nice photos.
More info? Don't hesitate to drop an e-mail.
The Beautiful Beast: Ferrari FXX-K with Rear Lamps by Aamgard Engineering
Ferrari FXX-K. Ravishingly beautyful. More than 1000 bhp. V12 KERS hybrid power plant.
So insane useless. Savage. Fascinating. Not only a sports car - the sports car!
Five years ago, Ferrari decided to take Aamgard Engineering AX02 and AX03 motorsport rearlights as the
first choice for their incredible new super sports car FXX-K. From 2017 the
Evo model also was equipped with our products. Thanks for that great pictures and thanks
so much for that great trust.
Youtube: Ferrari FXX-K and Evo on track in Monza
Wikipedia page about the Ferrari FXX-K
Article in the Austrian Autorevue: 'So hot, no one allowed to drive'
Aamgard LED rear lamps and lighting technology
Sensors from KA Sensors and Aamgard Engineering
Four of more then fourhundred different sensors and sensor types of our partner KA Sensors.
- compact and very lightweight aluminium pressure sensor ASX for absolute pressure sensing at engine manifolds, turbo charge pressure measurement or aerodynamik analysis
linear potentiometer KLP
with carbon composite protection tube for suspension sensing
in offroad and rallye sports
- axial force sensor GSS, applications i.a. as gear shift load cell for motorsport flatshift systems or for shear force / tensile force measurement in process automation systems
laser displacement sensors RHL3 / RHL4
for measurement of vehicle
ground clearance and dynamic distance measurement in industries and motorsports
Many more sensors, info and manuals could be found at the Aamgard sensor pages.
Nice, Neat and Reliable: Wiring Loom by Aamgard Engineering
More info: Wiring looms and electrics.
Nice Touch: The Champions DTM Rainlight
If Le Mans, Nurburgring endurance or DTM: Refusals of our FIA rainlights are very rare. Shortly before Christmas, about this patrticular one we have been pleased: LED rain lamp AX02 from the last wet race of the DTM season 2019, signed by the champion Rene Rast. Congrats to the championship winner and many thanks to the Audi motorsport team. That little gem straightly will get to the showcase...
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