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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There are two main implementations of the KERS system and they differ in how the energy is stored. And all this has happened in less than 18 months since that revelation at Silverstone. That keers the load on the engine, cutting diesel usage and exhaust emissions.

F1 KERS: Flybrid – Racecar Engineering

By making hybridisation more accessible and affordable, we can make a real impact on fleet emissions and running costs. With the introduction of KERS in the season, only four kefs used it at some point in the season: And the majority of the components within our batteries are recyclable. The system is on trial with Wrightbus, working closely with Arriva, and the indications so far are positive.

To the teams competing however, implementing KERS gave the drivers the opportunity of additional acceleration at the times where they need it most. It consumes office rental, electricity and all the other business overheads.

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When Max Mosley announced at the Kesr Grand Prix in that he wanted F1 cars to develop regenerative braking systems he must have hoped he was talking to the right people to achieve his aim.

You don’t have a degradation of performance over life.

Rob Thring of Loughborough University’s department of aeronautical and automotive engineering wonders if that’s a fair question. With regards to motorsport, as Formula 1 continues to strive to achieve a cleaner, greener public image, the sport will implement more rules to promote the use of KERS.


However, with the current freeze on engine design it would not be possible to re-design the crank to take the extra power. If the flywheel, rotating at thousands of revolutions per second, is freed from its constrains, it could inflict heavy damage on anything it collides with. However, they set up Williams Hybrid Power to sell their developments. When Porsche announced its return to Le Mans init also unveiled an LMP1 car with a kinetic energy recovery system.

The Porsche Hybridintroduced inuses a battery system, in contrast to the previous Porsche GT3 R Hybrid that used a flywheel system.

The implementations are similar to that what is used by hybrid passenger cars. Xtrac and Flybrid are both licensees of Torotrak’s technologies, which employ a small and sophisticated ancillary gearbox incorporating a continuously variable transmission CVT.

Meaning flywheels can release stored energy far more quickly than batteries. However, the whole mechanism including the flywheel sits entirely in the vehicle’s hub looking flygrid a drum brake. Provided the FIA keeps to its guns, every F1 team will have to have regenerative technology if it is to be competitive in With its roots in Formula 1 motor racing technology, it is a genuinely flgbrid mechanical alternative to going down the more-expensive diesel-electric hybrid route.

Bosch also offers a range of electric hybrid systems for commercial and light-duty applications. This system has many problems including the imbalance caused to the vehicle due to the flywheel.

A closer look at Torotrak’s Flybrid KERS

Read the Formula 1 Technical Review The electrical KERS uses an electromagnet to transfer the kinetic energy to electric potential energy that is eventually converted to chemical energy that is stored in a battery. On the other hand, that lower energy density means a flywheel won’t get you to France — you’ll need to use the main engine most of the time. Show 25 25 50 All. Opting to develop the flywheel solution they sat down and roughed out the basics of a design.


In itself, this is not an innovative concept and is widely used in other applications. To harvest the energy upon braking, the system uses the braking energy to turn a flywheel which acts as the reservoir of this energy.

Solution 2 — the housing Obviously, the company knows that one major injury or fatality associated with the system would spell the end of the technology and the company, so safety has been a top priority throughout the project.

Kinetic energy recovery system – Wikipedia

Formula E 5 facts about Season 5. Then inAudi Sport’s flywheel hybrid, the R18 e-tron quattro became the first hybrid car to win the legendary Le Mans hour endurance race.

The team was working toward the engine freeze in F1 and they knew there would be less work for the engine team once homologation was confirmed, so Hilton though he should take a look at energy recovery. In fact, teams were so convinced of the advantage of KERS that many of the teams competing for the constructors title changed their cars mid-season to stay competitive in the title race.

Retrieved from ” https: Its resulting containment solution is very robust and was inadvertently tested during the bearing failure mentioned earlier. The system consisted of high speed slipping clutches which transfer torque to and from the vehicle, coupled to a 60, rpm flywheel.

At the following race, Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to take pole position with a KERS car, his teammate, Heikki Kovalainen qualifying second.