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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Several automakers have been testing KERS systems.

There have flybird been concerns about the safety of the systems. 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.

Archived from the original on Porsche is currently developing an electrical storage system.

Toyota has used a supercapacitor for regeneration on Supra HV-R hybrid race car that won the Tokachi Hour endurance race in July 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. Some passenger car manufacturers have talked about using a KERS implementation in their cars.

The job of KERS is to harvest a portion of this energy and redeploy it into the car as extra horsepower, providing a performance advantage to its driver. Two minor incidents were reported during testing of various KERS systems in 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 mechanical implementation of KERS is known to be more efficient than the electric equivalent due to the fewer conversions of the energy that are taking place.

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.

Kinetic energy recovery system – Wikipedia

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 kerw case of failure. This was introduced to balance the sport’s move from 2. This has also been demonstrated by mounting a flywheel on a bike frame and connecting it with a CVT to the back wheel. So when does Knichel think we’ll see them on sale?

Instead the energy is used in addition to the current engine. Archived from the original PDF on June 25, If you move the CVT toward a gear ratio that would speed the flybrrid up it stores energy.

F1 KERS: Flybrid

The recovered kinetic energy is stored in the spinning wheel, to be released upon acceleration. How it works Very simply the system comprises a flywheel connected by a continuously variable transmission [CVT] to the drivetrain.

These were a flywheel construction that would remain intact at these speeds, containment that retains everything in a crash or a failure, a vacuum seal and a bearing solution. KERS is also possible on a bicycle. This system has many problems including the imbalance caused to the vehicle due to the flywheel.

Although it can store up to 60kW, the high speed means shaft torque is very low, at no more than 18Nm. This was also the first instance of an all KERS front row. Toyota, makers of the flagship hybrid, Prius, has no plans to develop flybrids. The electric KERS was what many teams started off trying to implement into their cars. That cures the friction and heat issues but now raises the problem of getting power in and out without air leaking in.


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

SMMT represents the UK automotive industry through the membership of companies involved in design, concept, manufacture, sale, after jers, disposal and recycling of motor vehicles, components and accessories. Engineering Research and development Greenhouse gas emissions Carbon footprints Motoring blogposts. And all this has happened in less than 18 months since that foybrid at Silverstone. It consumes office rental, electricity and all the other business overheads.

Most importantly, the tensile strength of the carbon prevents it shattering under the g loads at such high speeds.

Meanwhile, Flybrid will be offering turnkey solutions for F1 teams, complete with full servicing back up, and has already picked up one fybrid F1 partner who has commissioned the team to design a bespoke system. Buses in London and soon, Northern Ireland are being used to try out the tech.

Jaguar has halted its flywheel research. Show 25 25 50 All.