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

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, 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…

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 raised … » 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