Formula 1's Advanced Hybrid System Is Coming To Your Next Car

That may look like an ordinary Volvo S60, but it's far from it. Inside that handsome but inoffensive Swedish body is the same technology that helped make Formula One cars so fast in the last few years — the hybrid Kinetic Energy Recovery System. That's good news if you like efficiency and speed. » 3/28/14 9:00pm 3/28/14 9:00pm

Could You Have A Clockwork KERS System On An F1 Car?

KERS, as we've all explained to our grandmas, is the Kinetic Energy Recovery System that's in use on F1 cars to give them momentary bursts of power, like the TURBO button in a video game. The system uses energy recovered from braking, and there's something very satisfying about storing wasted energy and then spitting… » 5/02/13 4:51pm 5/02/13 4:51pm

Show Us The Best Electric Sports Cars Out There

Performance cars with electronic help are already here. The fantastic Porsche 918 is almost ready, BMW has put through its i8 diesel-electric supercar some ice almost a year ago, and with Ferrari's Enzo replacement (whatever they will call it), plus the "97%" ready McLaren P1 also using KERS, there is no question that… » 1/07/13 3:00pm 1/07/13 3:00pm

This Sound Is The Future Of Racing

This is the Toyota Le Mans prototype pulling out of the pits in hybrid mode before then exploding with a mighty V8 roar. It might sound like something out of Star Wars but it's the future of racing. » 1/26/12 4:30pm 1/26/12 4:30pm

Will Volvo beat Porsche to a streetable flywheel KERS system?

And the first automaker to develop a Porsche-style flywheel KERS hybrid system for the street could be... Volvo? File this one under How the Swedes Got Their Shwerve Back. » 5/26/11 3:30pm 5/26/11 3:30pm

F1 cars may go electric-only in pits

It looks like changes to the KERS system in F1 cars will allow them to go electric-only in the pits for 2013 using a significantly more powerful EV system. Is this a greenwashing job or awesome tech? (H/T to Twiggy!) » 4/29/11 4:00pm 4/29/11 4:00pm

The 2011 Australian Grand Prix in Crayola

After a winter off-season extended by the cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Formula One finally returned on a windy autumn afternoon in Melbourne. Four months without a Grand Prix, it would have been a fun race even if it weren’t fun. But it was fun. Warning: spoilers. » 3/28/11 4:00pm 3/28/11 4:00pm

Jenson Button uses the "button" to pass in Australia

If there'd been any question whether the return of KERS energy-recovery and new adjustable rear wing would mean more passing in F1, McLaren's Jenson Button answered it this past weekend in Australia. Yes, Button pushed the button, and it worked. » 3/28/11 12:30pm 3/28/11 12:30pm

What a Formula 1 race car has in common with a Prius

With Formula 1's season set to start in Melbourne Sunday, Red Bull had Sebastian Vettel explain the science behind the hybrid KERS system and adjustable rear wing. That KERS button could be handy on a few more steering wheels. » 3/21/11 2:00pm 3/21/11 2:00pm

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Testing New KERS System?

Good morning Fiorano! A FerrariChat member caught what looks to be Ferrari's 599 GTB Fiorano update being flogged on, you guessed it, the Fiorano test track. Is it the next 599, or the first look at the upcoming 599 hybrid? » 12/14/10 9:30am 12/14/10 9:30am

Watch Petit Le Mans This Weekend Or Watch Nothing At All

Petit Le Mans, the 10-hour endurance race at Road Atlanta, is this weekend. Peugeots, a Porsche hybrid, Panoz — If you've got a TV and you love cars, what the hell else would you watch on Saturday? » 9/28/10 3:20pm 9/28/10 3:20pm

Ferrari Confirms 599 GTO, Spy Shots Hit The 'Net

Ferrari CEO Amadeo Felisa recently confirmed that the Prancing Horse plans to release a streetable version of the 599XX. The car will be dubbed 599 GTO, weigh 3600 pounds, and produce 650 HP. A range-topping Enzo successor is also planned. » 2/05/10 6:00pm 2/05/10 6:00pm

2009 Japanese Grand Prix: A Jolly Good Race

With the wacky 2009 championship down to its antepenultimate race at Suzuka Circuit, Jenson Button’s eroding cushion of points was looking increasingly fragile. Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel smelled blood. Spoilers, shmoilers! » 10/05/09 3:20pm 10/05/09 3:20pm

Jenson Button, Brawn GP Win Rain-Soaked, Red-Flagged Malaysian Grand…

Following his second pole, Jenson Button of Brawn GP maintains his immaculate record in a race suspended after 31 laps of torrential rain. BMW's Nick Heidfeld and Toyota's Timo Glock round out an unusual podium. » 4/05/09 11:00am 4/05/09 11:00am

Peugeot Sport Reveals 908 HDi FAP Hybrid

Based on the race-proven 908 HDi » 9/15/08 12:40pm 9/15/08 12:40pm LMP racer, the new Peugeot 908 HY adds electric power to the already potent mix in the form of an 80 HP gear-driven electric motor/generator that replaces the starter motor on the standard car. Juice is stored in 10 lithium-ion battery packs strategically placed in several locations to…

KERS Electric Shock Explained; Watch Your Pencil Protectors

According to BMW Sauber, the reason behind the KERS electric-shock incident, seen above, which occurred during testing at the Jerez Speedway, was magic. Or at least, that's what the formal explanation looks like if you don't have a solid knowledge of electrical engineering. We're pretty good at chasing sparks and… » 8/21/08 3:40pm 8/21/08 3:40pm

BMW, Williams, Honda Think KERS Will Be Ready To Go, Veto Delay Request…

In the ongoing saga of the kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) introduction to F1, some teams are beginning to wonder openly if the devices will be ready for competition in the 2009 Formula One season. Well-publicized events like the BMW mechanic being shocked, a battery fire at Renault and testing issues have… » 8/05/08 1:40pm 8/05/08 1:40pm

Here's What Being Electrocuted By A Formula One Race Car KER System…

Remember when that mechanic for BMW Sauber's F1 team got electrocuted after he touched their KERS-equipped (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) Formula One car? Now we've got video. True, it wasn't enough to kill the poor guy, but still a pretty rough day if you're that mechanic, right? No, there weren't any giant… » 7/30/08 9:20am 7/30/08 9:20am

Toyota F1 Boss Says Team's Hybrid System May Not Be Ready For 2009…

Following the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) shock received by a BMW/Sauber mechanic earlier this week, Autosport reports Toyota may not have their KERS system ready in time for the start of the 2009 season. Toyota F1 team president John Howett expressed concern about the new technology in an interview, saying… » 7/23/08 12:30pm 7/23/08 12:30pm

F1 Hybrid System Zaps BMW Mechanic

BMW Sauber Racing was out testing their kinetic energy recovery system (KERS), a hybrid setup mandated for the 2009 Formula One season, when a mechanic pushing the car got zapped. Thankfully, the guy wasn't seriously injured, but it seems all of the new-fangled gizmo-gadgetry associated with KERS has been acting up a… » 7/22/08 1:00pm 7/22/08 1:00pm