Blessing & KERS - The next big powertrain advance in Formula 1 revs to 64,500 rpm

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  1. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Blessing & KERS - The next big powertrain advance in Formula 1 revs to 64,500 rpm

    A consumer based hybrid flywheel should cost $1000/car in volume production but even at double, it's a bargain.

    [xfloat=left][/xfloat]Doug Fraser - Motor Trend - Feb. 28, 2008

    Hybridizing Formula One should lead to consumer based hybrid automobiles for even lower costs. -- Ed.

    Back in March 2005, I admitted being no fan of organized motorsports. The context was a report from the SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference and Exhibition on a move to add energy efficiency as a racing parameter in hopes of making race cars more relevant to their roadgoing brethren and broaden the sport's appeal to guys like me. Now Formula 1 is taking the first baby step in that direction by permitting -- not requiring -- "kinetic energy recovery systems" in 2009. Naturally, every team is expected to adopt such a system. Team Toyota will likely leverage its Hybrid Synergy Drive franchise with an electric KERS using ultracapacitors. Hydraulic hybridization promises great power delivery but requires 10-plus bulky gallons of oil. I'm most intrigued by a solution recently unveiled by Flybrid Systems LLP, of Silverstone, England, which uses a small flywheel to capture and release energy.

    Some of you must be saying, "That's been tried before and failed." Yes, Chrysler took a stab at a flywheel-hybrid race car called the Patriot back in 1994-1995, but that series turbine/flywheel/electric setup was far more ambitious, involving a big flywheel expected to deliver power down the entire Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans. Safely containing a flywheel storing over two horsepower-hours of energy proved impossible… [rm][/rm]

    Flybrid Systems' small flywheel for Formula One based energy capture from braking and release for accelerations.

    Last edited: Feb 28, 2008
  2. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Good work, Andrew! :D:thumbs_up:
  3. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Thanks! There was a copy of Motor trend at work, so I looked it up online.

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