• fb_100000162435679 avatar Mike Posted: 4/26/2013 6:33am PDT

    In F1, Williams was developing a flywheel KERS (kinetic energy recovery system), but never raced it in F1. They ended up doing a battery based KERS system like all of the other teams.

    However, Williams has licensed this technology to be used by Porsche and Audi in Le Mans style sports car racing.

    Williams is also working on other applications outside of racing with their side business "Williams Hybrid Power".

  • dgatewood avatar dgatewood Posted: 4/26/2013 11:25am PDT

    Sixty years ago I had a six inch toy car with KERS ;) little did I realise then it would make it into a full size vehicle.

  • fb_1559222512 avatar Xiaolong Posted: 4/26/2013 2:34pm PDT

    hahah. I can buy one today for about $5 for my kid as well... :)

  • fb_1559222512 avatar Xiaolong Posted: 4/26/2013 2:34pm PDT

    So, how do they solve the Gyro effect of the spinning fly wheel on the corners or turns?

  • genevb avatar genevb Posted: 4/28/2013 8:19pm PDT

    Same question for me, but admittedly I haven't really studied this too carefully. Wouldn't a vertical rotation axis for the flywheel make more sense if it's storing that much angular momentum? Someone's thought this through and can explain it, I imagine...

  • fb_1559222512 avatar Xiaolong Posted: 4/29/2013 3:45pm PDT

    It makes more sense for average turning. But when you hit a pot hole or a bump, then the effect on the spinning wheel can be just as devastating...

    I guess if they make it slow enough, it might work...

  • block avatar block Posted: 7/29/2013 6:12pm PDT

    I'm confused, it looks like it is spinning "vertically" to me, which would fight/prevent the car from turning. "Horizontally" (like a toy gyroscope) would tend to fight motions that cars don't have much of (forward-aft pitching and side to side pitching)...so horizontal is the best method it seems to me...and is safer if it fails.

  • block avatar block Posted: 7/29/2013 6:07pm PDT

    Would be interesting to see this paired with Ford's 3-banger....or an Atkinson cycle engine (4-banger).