KERS, or how future F1 cars are going to work

It seems the future of F1 turns out to be more and more exciting with every day that passes. A project designed by a British team, meant to create the future F1 car, can be called daring, to say the very least. It is very likely that the cars racing stars like Hamilton, Alonso and Raikkonen will be driving from 2010 and forth will use a state-of-the art transmission system. This core idea of this ingenious system is the so-called Kinetic Energy Recovery System, invented by some brainy chaps from good old Great Britain.

F1 futuristic car

As competent sources such as Autocar announce, it was the chief-executive of FIA, FIA Max Moseley that announced the pending projects for the future of F1 cars, as well as rule updates for 2010 in F1 Racing. This ‘KERS’ system, and actually the whole project, has the fine idea of using the energy that usually is wasted in extreme braking, by channelling it to empower F1 cars during acceleration. So, basically, the F1 car of the future can be seen as a type of hybrid, only that this is managed without batteries of any sort. Nowadays, similar hybrid-electric cars use the kinetic energy that braking generates, that is afterwards channeled to the car’s driveline, and stored for further use in batteries, as electric energy. But for an F1 car, that has to be as light-weighted as possible, such a system is totally unpractical. And that’s why the KERS system found a different approach to the problem. The kinetic energy created be the brakes is conserved within a fast-spinning flywheel, positioned somewhere near the gearbox. The driver can use it, is a short period of time, to give the car a considerable addition to power, a thrust forward, with the push of a button.

F1 cars on the track

The main purpouse of this Kinetic Energy Recovery System is to reduce carbon emissions, as pollution is issue number one for racing of all kinds, in the future. Also, the boost that the stored energy gives F1 cars is useful, and thus engines can be made smaller and lighter. Max Moseley announcement stated that the standard 2.4-litre V8 engines used on F1 racing cars can by replaced with 2.2-litre turbo V6 plus the KERS system, and the result would be same speed same power. Stunning, to be sure. Gearboxes will be the same, seven-speed manual. As the use of biofuel has been suggested many a time for future F1 cars, this KERS, British designed, dream project just might be the other way around.

4 Responses

  1. crysta1c1ear:

    It is very likely that the cars racing stars like Hamilton, Alonso and Raikkonen will be driving from 2010 and forth will use a state-of-the art transmission system.

    Oh good.
    They must be sick of driving round a heap of old fashioned rubbish and will look forward to getting something up to date at last.
    And err, isn’t KERS part of the 2009 rules changes? Why do these three driver have to wait till 2010? I think its amazing those drivers can win with out of date stuff and it is appauling that some F1 drivers have to wait till 2010 to get someting state-of-the-art.

    Posted on June 15th, 2007 at 11:44 pm

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