Re: 2019 Rules are out!
VKZ24 wrote:TheEngineer wrote:
Hell I see so many cars with barely visible brake lights that I would not object to more lighting rules.
Agreed. I'm still amazed how many teams will do the BARE MINIMUM on every check list item. Since the rules state you must have one working brake light, I swear some teams will use a single LED, and by single I mean a single diode, not an LED array! I've also seen teams use LED marker lights as brake lights, and they are not nearly bright enough to perform that function.
When you see that you need to tell the Judges. They can bring the car in to check and recalibrate their tech eyeballs for aceptable brightness. Most of them rarely race and tend to be about a foot from the brake lights when they check them. Feedback is what they need to make the right call in tech. Rules with Lumen figures and candle powers aren’t needed, because then the judges and the teams will have to have light meters on them.
Doesn't need to be that technical. Can be a line stating that brake lights must be OEM or have roughly the same area of illumination as OEM. There's a car in the north east with a bunch of skulls on the trunk deck that have single LED diodes for the eyes that are the brake lights because they pulled the OEM units. They're impossible in bright sun. Requiring something with similar illuminated area to OEM isn't hard, go buy some trailer brake lights and strap them on.