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  1. While the system and all hardware is capable of showing locals, we only plan full course flag conditions in the near term.
  2. Daytona is on our schedule, yes. We haven't set this in stone officially yet but we should be. This one will be tight as we're planning Daytona and Charlotte. We'll try to get this race covered in cooperation with CCES.
  3. We're in production and wrapping up now! We'll be at Road Atlanta and VIR South. Email sales@flagtronics.com if you'd like to get a unit in your car for either event. We're working closely with ChampCar to make sure we'll have everything up and ready for a smooth rollout before the 6/1 recommendation date. The mandate is 1/1/2022. New website will be up soon with updated information as well.
  4. Unfortunately we are delaying the product release and scheduled implementation of the FT200 ChampCar in car wireless system. This project was on a tight timeline with critical deadlines to meet. The circumstances of 2020 have not allowed for timely product development and manufacturing. As @Bill Strong noted, we saw a massive PPE shortfall in early March and immediately stepped in with a global network supply to provide PPE gear to hospitals, first responders, medical workers, & care facilities. This was not a for profit venture and this soaked substantial resources from our company in our
  5. There are some professionals in automotive wiring doing excellent work with ring terminal distribution blocks. There are a LOT of extra precautions to take and the cars are only on track a few seconds at a time. They do it for flexibility and re-work. Sealed Shrink tube is a benefit for sure. There are no professionals I am aware of specifying Weatherpack. They are only used on professional work for specific sensors and devices that can't easily be changed. I think the answer, at this level is to use what you have tooling for and what you can validate that meet modern standards. I see the
  6. I do this for a living. We churn through millions of connectors and terminals every year. Weatherpack is terrible at any price point. This is not a price/performance issue. They are substantially worse than nearly any other choice of modern sealed automotive connector. Aptiv Metripack & GT, Molex MX, & AMP Superseal all have similar or better pricing and are better designs. Weatherpack lives on in infamy in the wiring world largely because people lack experience and/or equate Weatherpack to Weather Sealed Connectors as a generality. Many amateurs are in the same boat as you in that
  7. Good points here @Black Magic. The only point that stands out to address is the Weatherpack one. We sell a lot of OEM Connectors, Deutsch Connectors, and we do stock Weatherpack. However, please let the 1970s era Weatherpack design die. Weatherpack was outdated in the 90s with the introduction of the Delphi Metripack & GT series. Weatherpack issues: Only rated for ~10 cycles Poor sealing compared to modern options Allows for excessive terminal misalignment Excessive fretting One of the worst options you can choose for a modern project ONLY use
  8. There is a specific strain relief option that we use where appropriate. If you want them with this feature, we can get them for you. This is typically on harnesses that will see full booting at every connection and DR25 or similar sleeving. In general, harnessing at the ChampCar / budget level omits this extra feature for cost savings. Backshells also exist. It's worth noting that the sealing system itself on DTM, DT, DTP connectors provides retention and strain relief compared to spade or ring connections for example. Due to the seal, the wire exits the connector body several mm rearwa
  9. The Deutsch DTM, DT, & DTP are weatherproof, high reliability, low vibration susceptibility, and when using with solid terminals low user error probability. It's effectively the club sport standard connector system. You buy one tool and you can do all DTM, DT, & DTP crimps. Solid terminals, while expensive, offer simple inspection and lower user error rates than most open barrel crimps. Open barrel crimps of all types require more skill & validation: https://news.bmotorsports.com/faq/terminal-crimp-validation-charts/ Soldering is, in general, frowned upon in racing due to t
  10. We carry wiring supplies here that are automotive specific: https://www.bmotorsports.com/shop/ There are a lot of competitors with similar catalogs. We also carry a lot of the stock connectors to sensors, etc. Nobody should be using Weatherpack these days. They were a 70s era design long ago obsoleted in the Delphi/Packard catalog. Since then they've had several additional design iterations which have also been obsoleted or nearly so. It's the engine equivalent of taking your modern overhead cam engine and putting flat heads on it. Full Deutsch kits are available such as this
  11. We'll try to address as much as possible. We're heavily invested in this and deeply committed to making this a success! To rephrase our prior response addressing these points another way @MMiskoe, the FCC doesn't want you to have the freedom to make bad decisions. Proper antenna pairing is critically important. We will be testing performance and establishing equipment locations at tracks based on specific topography as @Bill Strong mentioned to ensure high reliability and high redundancy. This is not a trivial effort and this is something we both deeply
  12. No. The prototype is SMA. At this moment, we only have a fixed antenna option for FCC compliance. The device will require mounting in a location where the antenna has good line of sight out of the car and the display is in the line of sight of the driver.
  13. We are still moving ahead @SonsOfIrony. As @Team Infiniti mentioned, we are working night and day on PPE gear for over a month now and this has pushed back our development cycle on this product and some other products. We saw a situation where hospitals, first responders, and elder care workers were going to have no supplies and were wholly unprepared. We jumped on the opportunity using our global sourcing network and have been pushing as hard as we can on sourced PPE Gear & locally made PPE Gear. We're doing it at cost and are arranging as many donations as we can as quickly as we can.
  14. Jumping the gun in the absence of information and ranting against the organization for making the right call is a too frequent problem. It exemplifies a larger cultural problem suffered in this forum and elsewhere. Some cars had Flagtronics flagging units installed which offered critical information directly to the driver in these treacherous conditions. We have flag stand light boxes planned but did not bring or establish light boxes for the flag stands yet. Here is one we got on the start / finish straight with some spare parts around 7:30 as visibility was rapidly wo
  15. Flagtronics & Ballenger Motorsports will be exhibiting at the 2019 Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis! Show dates are December 12th – 14th, so if you are attending, come and see us at Booth 6036!
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