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A.C. Lighting Provides Garage Lighting Pods to Arden Team for GP2

6th June 2006

A.C. Lighting's Special Projects division has supplied a Litec truss grid system and two car lighting pods to Arden International for the team's garage at this year's GP2 motor racing season.

The Championship is designed to equip every member of every team with the experience, knowledge and determination to succeed in Formula One and features cars running at speeds only a few seconds shy of F1 pace. Arden finished 2 nd in the overall Team Championship of the inaugural GP2 season last year.

For the 2006 season, Arden wanted to replace its existing car lighting pods with something very high-tech and completely different to what the other teams were using, so they approached A.C. Lighting's Special Projects division to provide a new custom pod design.

A.C. had to address a number of technical and aesthetic factors when developing concepts. The design needed to have a space-age, industrial look in keeping with the cars' cutting-edge technology, whilst still providing sufficient light output levels for the mechanics to work under them.

In addition, the lighting needed to have a very low heat discharge to keep the garage temperature as cool as possible, and be of a safe loading weight when suspended from the supporting truss structure.

A.C. supplied a Litec FX30 ladder truss grid system for the new garage structure framework. The two 'bullet-shaped' lighting pods are constructed from Litec TX30 custom truss in matching extruded aluminium material. Encapsulite MT50 and MT70 battens provide the main task lighting.

Solar GB MR16 6W LED fittings provide additional colour-changing inside the trusses to slowly cross-fade between a selection of colours. All cabling is contained in ribbed, flexible conduit, giving the pods an overall industrial look with lots of pipes and bolts.

Race Engineer Richard Dent commented: "We commissioned A.C. Lighting to come up with a new concept for our in awning lighting rig. What we received was a stunning, innovative design that was not only radical but functional too. The whole team is very pleased with the end result."

The lighting pods were delivered for the opening round of the GP2 season on 8th - 9 th April. The latest round takes place at Silverstone on 9th - 11th June.