Lazer Lamps used the recent Arctic Lapland Rally as a ‘real-world’ test for its forthcoming Long-range LED Lamp unit. Fitted to Juha Salo’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, the lamp unit is being cited as being part of the reason why the seven-time Finnish rally champion was able to win the event by a margin of almost three minutes.
The pre-production unit also met with the scrutineer’s requirements, and was able to be classified as a singular lamp. This allowed Salo to run with two modules and not exceed the maximum of 6 auxiliary lamps that can be fitted, as per the regulations.
“The best lights I’ve used in snow/ ice fog conditions,” explained Markus Salminen, co-driver to Juha Salo. “The even beam of light which replaces the conventional 4 cones of light really gives you comfort and allows for faster driving. Even on the clear stages, the even distribution of light allowed your eyes to focus on the road, not on the dark and light spots that can be seen from conventional HID lights. I would prefer to run with the Lazer products for future races over HID. No bounce or vibration was experienced using this lighting setup.”
Lazer Lamps states the light output from its products is up to four times brighter than aftermarket High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlight conversions, and that its units are built to withstand the harshest of environments thanks to an aluminum enclosure, breather membrane and electronic thermal management, while the optics are designed to offer a ‘broad and far-reaching’ spread of light, which is said to be more comfortable on the driver’s eyes.