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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If you move the CVT toward a gear ratio that would speed the flywheel up it stores energy. Using the expertise of industry professionals, we look in detail at racecar design and innovation, whilst also keeping you up to date with news and developments from all the major race series across the globe. The main difference is that in a hybrid car, the redelivered energy replaces the purpose of the engine and powers the car entirely. Most importantly, the tensile strength of the carbon prevents it shattering under the g loads at such high speeds.

By making hybridisation more accessible and affordable, we can make a real impact on fleet emissions and running costs. Two minor incidents were reported during testing of various KERS systems in So despite the fact that they can’t store as much energy for the same weight, they might actually be great for city-centre driving, characterised by short distances and endless stop-starts.

Consider the hybrid car. To a Formula 1 car, that means that all the energy that the car possesses while reaching speeds of mph must be transferred to other forms of energy when the car intends to go slower. To produce the flybrud areas of the system, Flybrid has developed the previously announced relationships with Xtrac and Torotrak for the manufacture and technology respectively of the CVT. It was surplus disposed in The electrical KERS uses an electromagnet to transfer flbyrid kinetic energy to electric potential energy that is eventually converted to chemical energy that is stored in a battery.

The pair were free from Renault to work from 1 January this year and so on 2 January moved into the Silverstone Technology Centre and began work. 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.


In fact, damage was relatively minor, being confined to the flywheel and the containment rings, while the housing was undamaged and able to be re-used. 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.

Retrieved 31 October To achieve this they kegs 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. In itself, this is not an innovative concept and is widely used in other applications. We hope this will raise awareness of our technology, and help us flybrif our reach more firmly into international markets. Both parties believed this collaboration would improve McLaren’s KERS system and help the system to transfer kfrs technology to road cars.

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.

With its roots in Formula 1 motor racing technology, it is a genuinely affordable mechanical alternative to going down the more-expensive diesel-electric hybrid route. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro uses a flywheel -based system, while the Toyota TS Hybrid uses a supercapacitor -based system.

And all this has happened in less than 18 months since that revelation at Silverstone.

The energy, stored in a double-layer capacitoris used to supply power needed by vehicle electrical systems. KERS is also possible on a bicycle. Archived from the original on 13 January Peugeot planned to campaign the car in the Le Mans Series seasonalthough it was not allowed to score championship points.

All other rights, including commercial rights, are reserved to the author. Electrical solutions were a possibility but the power loses in energy transfer would be too great. So could flybrids compete with battery hybrids?

A closer look at Torotrak’s Flybrid KERS

And kerw disposal poses its own environmental problems. Hilton is certain that Flybrid still makes sense even in a climate of declining oil prices.

Flywheels are light ishtypically coming in at kg. In parallel, the packs were a regenerative brake; in series, they were a boost source.


Can flywheel technology drive out the battery from car hybrids?

I do not have an account Register. Meaning flywheels can release stored energy far more quickly than batteries. But as for comparing them to batteries — it’s like comparing petrol and diesel. As Hilton 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.

F1 KERS: Flybrid – Racecar Engineering

But you can’t buy a flybrid road car yet. Solution 1 — the flywheel The flywheel is made from carbon filament wrapped round a steel hub and weighs 5kg. This is an important part of the reliability strategy and units can be assessed in the car with accelerometers attached to look for tell-tale signs of flybri failure.

Conversely, if you move toward a ratio that would slow it down then it releases energy. Toyota has used a supercapacitor for regeneration on Supra HV-R hybrid race car that won the Tokachi Hour endurance race in July The kinetic energy flybeid would otherwise be lost as heat during braking is converted to electricity by a generator, which charges the battery, and is later converted back to kinetic energy.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Much of the engineering and research work is conducted at Silverstone, and Flybrid is made in Lancashire. That in turn creates windage losses that sap power and produce enormous amounts of heat. KTM racing boss Harald Bartol revealed that the factory raced with a secret kinetic energy recovery system fitted to Tommy Koyama ‘s motorcycle during the season-ending cc Valencian Grand Fylbrid.

The KERS boost can provide drivers with an additional 80 bhp for up to 7 seconds a lap. And they don’t present so many tricky issues when it comes to disposal. Toyota’s Richard Seymour told me: This is a secure area and requires you to be. Archived from the original PDF on 25 June His incentive was to improve the public image of Formula 1’s relationship with the environment.

Archived from the original on December 28,