Formula One Racers Are Now State-of-the-Art Hybrids
For the 2014 season, Formula 1 cars will have smaller engines, plus two ‘energy recovery systems’ (ERS): regenerative braking, like most road hybrids, and an exhaust gas-driven electrical generator – the kind of electrically-enhanced turbo charging that has yet to reach road cars.
Regenerative braking is not new to Formula 1. Hybrid technology was first introduced to the race series in 2009 with ‘Kinetic Energy Recovery System’ (KERS), whose influence has been increased by regulation over the years.
However, today is the day when cars both ERS systems, and far more energy storage, start pre-season testing in Jerez, Spain.
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