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Mouser-sponsored race team finishes strongly at Le Mans

24 June 2014

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Mouser-sponsored race team finishes strongly at Le MansMouser Electronics congratulates the 2014 Rebellion Racing Team for a strong showing at this past weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Mouser-sponsored team finished 1st in the LMP1-L class and 4th overall in the famed race in France. The team had the distinction of being the top finishing non-factory team, with driver Nico Prost driving across the finish just behind Audi and Toyota while managing to be well ahead of two LMP1 entries from Porsche. It was the team’s third top-six finish in four consecutive years.

Mouser is sponsoring the 2014 Rebellion team in partnership with LEMO, a global leader in the design and production of precision custom connection systems. The team’s primary sponsor is Rebellion, a Swiss manufacturer of high-end watches. The team is competing in races organised by the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

Rebellion ran two Rebellion R-One Toyota LMP1-L cars on the Le Mans course, known as the ‘Grand Prix of Endurance’. Rebellion’s No. 12 car finished with an average speed of 235.4 km/h (146.3 mph). Rebellion’s No. 13 had a power train failure and was knocked out in the 6th hour. The three drivers, who split the duties of the 24-hour race, were Nick Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost and Mathias Beche. Bart Hayden, Manager of the Rebellion Racing Team, says: “I don’t think we can quite believe this result. In the space of only two months, the first shakedown has taken place and now we have finished in fourth place in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”

Racing is all about speed and endurance, and for Mouser the racing sponsorship is an innovative way to communicate its performance-driven business model and promote the newest technologies and how they impact the high-tech world of auto racing. Every advanced, sophisticated component that goes into a race car is all about precision and gaining a performance edge out on the track. Car racing is the perfect vehicle to build top-of-mind awareness for Mouser and its manufacturers. For information on Mouser’s sponsorship of Rebellion Racing, visit mouser.com/rebellion-racing.

Todd McAtee, Mouser Electronics’ Vice President of Business Development, says: “Mouser is very excited to partner with LEMO to sponsor the Rebellion team this year. In racing, the technology is advancing faster than ever before, which aligns with Mouser’s commitment of being the distributor that introduces the newest products and latest technologies.” The team is expected to get some rest before they prepare for the six-hour Circuit of the Americas race September 20 in Austin, Texas. McAtee says:. “All of us at Mouser are eagerly anticipating the cars coming to Mouser’s neighbourhood, relatively speaking. The Circuit of the America’s course blends the spirit of Le Mans with the most competitive sports car racing in North America and adds a Texas flair for the Lone Star Le Mans.”

Mouser distributes LEMO’s products, including a wide range of push-pull and ratcheting circular connectors and module connectors. LEMO connectors are suitable for harsh environment, medical equipment, test and measurement instrumentation, telecommunications, audio-video, and other applications. Each of the Rebellion prototype race cars were fitted with over 200 LEMO connectors, which performed flawlessly during the gruelling 24 hours. For more information about LEMO connectors available at Mouser Electronics, visit www.mouser.com/lemo.

 
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