The concept for the Flybrid flywheel Kinetic Energy. Recovery System (KERS) was originally developed by Jon Hilton and his team when he was technical. The race to develop regenerative braking technology is on and UK-based Flybrid Systems look to have come up with the first workable solution. Solution 1 – the. F1 KERS: Flybrid How KERS Works (the basics) Flybrid. When Max Mosley announced at the British Grand Prix in that he wanted F1 cars to develop.

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At the flbrid of introduction, many road car kkers were beginning to offer hybrid cars which used a similar principle to harvest and reuse energy and so the concept of KERS was one that the public could quickly understand and appreciate. Most importantly, the tensile strength of the carbon prevents it shattering under the g loads at such high speeds. Peugeot planned to campaign the car in the Le Mans Series seasonalthough it was not allowed to score championship points.

Even when restrained, the flywheel will take time to stop rotating and so engineers and anyone else dealing with the car would need to be careful to stay clear of it. Torotrak was delighted to have won it.

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Once the project was outlined it was determined that most of the challenges had off-the-shelf solutions already fully developed, apart from four areas where the company was going to have to invent its own answers.

That cures the friction and heat issues but now raises the problem of getting power in and out without air leaking in. In fact, kerss was relatively minor, being confined to the flywheel and the containment rings, while the housing was undamaged and able to be re-used.


The solution, Flybrid decided, kets to run it in a vacuum. Finally, a clutch separates the drive if the revs move beyond the limits of the system.

Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems in Formula 1

That reduces the load on the engine, cutting diesel usage and exhaust emissions. Well, if you’re a bus driver, you already can.

And all this has happened in less than 18 months since that revelation at Silverstone. However, the battery used to store the energy is very prone to battery fires and can cause electric shocks. The company is already in talks with car manufacturers and one potential customer is applying for government money to fund a development project with Flybrid.

The engineering challenge lies in providing teams with the largest possible advantage while still staying within the rules of the governing body. Drivers have been using it out of slow corners to help reach their top speed sooner as well as on straights to actually go past what would usually be their top speed. Retrieved from ” https: I do not have an account Register.

In itself, this is not an innovative concept and is widely used in other applications. The system consisted of high speed slipping clutches which transfer torque to and from the vehicle, coupled to a 60, rpm flywheel. Toyota, makers of the flagship hybrid, Prius, has no plans to develop flybrids. Two minor incidents were reported during testing of various KERS systems in How it works Very simply the system comprises a flywheel connected by a continuously variable transmission [CVT] to the drivetrain.

The system occupies a volume of 13 litres. Holt, ” Formula For Success: We hope this will raise awareness of our technology, and help us expand our reach more firmly into international markets.

Engineering Research and development Greenhouse gas emissions Carbon footprints Motoring blogposts. A kinetic energy recovery system often known simply as KERS is an automotive system for recovering a moving vehicle ‘s kinetic energy under braking. Buses in London and soon, Northern Ireland are being used to try out the tech. The mechanical implementation, shown in Fig. At the following race, Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to take pole position with a KERS car, his teammate, Heikki Kovalainen qualifying second.


This was introduced to balance the sport’s move from 2. If a manufacturer can be persuaded to make flywheel components in high volume, car price could be about one third of a battery hybrid. Once the company started developing the technology, it quickly became clear to Hilton and Cross that while F1 will make some money, the real growth will be in road cars.

Porsche is currently developing an electrical storage system. But as for comparing them to batteries — it’s like comparing petrol and diesel. Bosch also offers a range of electric hybrid systems for commercial and light-duty applications.

It was surplus disposed in While retaining a conventional diesel engine, they can harvest kinetic energy from the car’s braking motion and use that to power an additional electric motor. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The obvious benefit of KERS is the boost provided.

Xtrac and Flybrid are both licensees of Torotrak’s technologies, which employ a small and sophisticated ancillary gearbox incorporating a continuously variable transmission CVT. Formula E 5 facts about Season 5. To deliver up to 60 kilowatts of power despite their low mass, they spin at centrifuge-like speeds of up to 60,rpm.

One of these is the weight of the systems. Loading comments… Trouble loading? The system is claimed to be much more affordable than competing electric and flywheel systems and was kets on road cars by but was abandoned in