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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Both parties believed this collaboration would improve McLaren’s KERS system and help the system to transfer its technology to road cars.

A closer look at Torotrak’s Flybrid KERS

Often that would be the driver. Then there’s the matter of fuel efficiency — you’re going from kinetic to electrical to chemical battery energy, and back again, every time you use the system. Bosch also offers a range of electric hybrid systems for commercial and light-duty applications. 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 flywheel The flywheel is made from carbon filament wrapped round a steel hub and weighs 5kg.

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.

However, with the current freeze on engine design it would not be possible to re-design the crank to take the extra power. However, the unplanned failure proved very informative as the units have always been monitored and logged during testing.


F1 KERS: Flybrid

It took about 15 minutes to work out it was hopeless but we looked at everything. When the bus slows down the Flybrid system captures kinetic energy, which is transferred to the flywheel and released when the driver accelerates again. Xtrac and Flybrid are both licensees of Torotrak’s technologies, which employ a small and sophisticated ancillary gearbox incorporating a continuously variable transmission CVT. Toyota, makers of the flagship hybrid, Prius, has no plans to develop flybrids.

The solution, Flybrid decided, was to run it in a vacuum. 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. It then redelivers the stored energy to the drive train by powering a motor. KERS is also possible on a bicycle.

The sport has often been associated with a negative contribution to the environment and the introduction of KERS was an attempt to discredit that reputation. The engineering challenge lies in providing teams with flynrid largest possible advantage while still staying within the rules of the governing body. A unit has also survived a simulation of the F1 nose impact test with no damage to the device.

Holt, ” Formula For Success: This was introduced to balance the sport’s move from 2. Retrieved from ” https: Archived from the original on December 28, To achieve this they upped the speed of the flywheel massively to 64,rpm, which allows a smaller, lighter flywheel but also means it has to be contained in a very robust structure in case of failure.


At the following race, Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to take pole position with a KERS car, his teammate, Heikki Kovalainen qualifying second. Formula E 5 facts about Season 5.

As Rlybrid points out, this is the key to working outside F1, once you have developed the technology you have the freedom to diversify into other markets. Torotrak was delighted to have won it. Rob Thring of Loughborough University’s department of aeronautical and automotive engineering wonders kesr that’s a fair question. The Porsche Hybridintroduced inuses a battery system, in contrast to the previous Porsche GT3 R Hybrid that used a flywheel system. How it works Very flybdid the system comprises a flywheel connected by a continuously variable transmission [CVT] to the drivetrain.

WilliamsF1 developed their own flywheel-based KERS system but decided not to use it in their F1 cars due to packaging issues, and have instead developed their own electrical KERS system. This has also been demonstrated by mounting a flywheel on a bike frame and connecting it with a CVT to the back wheel.

Both have merit,” he says. 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.