• Jul 22nd 2008 at 6:28PM
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Next year Formula 1 will see the introduction of KERS -- the Kinetic Energy Recovery System. The system stores the energy from braking and makes it available to the driver in an on-demand burst. Due to the magnificent braking forces in braking an F1 car, the system must be called on to store a sizable amount of electricity.

Red Bull got things buzzing last week when an eruption of smoke and fumes lead to a call to the fire department. Today, BMW test driver Christian Klien did three laps in a car equipped with an early edition of KERS, and came back to the pits. When a mechanic touched the car, he got a shock strong enough to throw him to the ground. The mechanic suffered slight injuries to a hand and a grazed arm, but was otherwise unhurt. BMW halted all testing while it looks into the issue, which could simply be a matter of improper grounding. Or, it could be time to suit pit crews up in rubber gear...

[Source: F1 Daily]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      this is dumb. i'm sick of all these new rules. now they have gone and made a rule that is against safety for no real gain anywhere else
      • 7 Years Ago
      The KERS is a mechanical system. That could still generate a charge but the post mentions the storage of electricity, which it doesn't do.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, there are both mechanical and electrical systems; BMW has opted for electrical, using batteries/capacitors, others have opted for mechanical using a flywheel (some report 100,000rpm!).
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        • 7 Years Ago
        Could it be possible for a KERS system to transfer the mechanical energy in to electrical energy for storage and back in to mechanical for use?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Except for when you switched to mechanical and it exploded and tore everything apart. SCARY.
        • 7 Years Ago

        Having taken Basic Physics II hardly qualifies you to be any more than a big douche.

        Was a joke.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No question working with high voltage batteries will require a new approach to maintain F1 cars. However, you can bet new rules will shortly follow the installation of hybrids...that's the F1 way
        • 7 Years Ago

        You have no idea what you are talking about.


        In other words the kinetic energy goes up as the square of the rotational speed. 100,000 rpm dude.

        The kinetic energy stored in rotating devices like this is tremendous. These things are most likely made out of a combination of titanium and carbon fiber. Extreme care must be taken in design not only of the rotor, but also the containment vessel.

        Hardened scatter shields are required to protect drivers from engine flywheels in most forms of racing where flywheels see 10,000 rpm? average with forged steel or aluminum. Guys have lost their legs in years past from this. Think about 100,000 now.

        Leave the engineering up to the engineers please.
        • 7 Years Ago
        After this, I'd be asking my crew chief to switch to the flywheel.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What are you making this exploding flywheel out of? Pottery?
      • 7 Years Ago

      Yeah, we don't need any explosions.

      Me thinking this may -not- be introduced in 2009...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Even without it slicks and less downforce should make it all interesting anywayz. Save it for when they arent tazering all the pit crew
      • 7 Years Ago
      Max Mosely immediately asked for this to be installed in his basement...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Lol comment of the day =D
      • 7 Years Ago
      hmmmm.... BMW & Electrical issues....seriously is anyone surprised? lol

      I kid, I kid
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