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    Official: Volvo testing F1-style KERS system, cites 25% fuel economy bump [w/video]
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    Volvo has been experimenting with flywheel propulsion systems since the eighties, but only recently has technology caught up with the possibility of real-world applications. In 2011, the Swedish carmaker was granted 6.57 million Swedish kronor (about $1M US) by the Swedish Energy Agency to work ...

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    Report: Hi-po Toyota GT86 to get KERS?
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    We happen to like the Toyota GT86 – and, it of course goes without saying that the same applies to the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S, as well – just the way it is. Yes, that includes the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine and its 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm. That said, a ...

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    Report: Pininfarina P4/5 Competizione going hybrid?
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    Race cars are going hybrid these days. Formula One racers store regenerated brake energy. Porsche packs a flywheel into the 911 GT3 R. Just the other day, Toyota unveiled its new TS030 Hybrid endurance prototype. And now even Jim Glickenhaus' one-off Ferrari-powered, Pininfarina-designed P4/5 ...

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    Report: McLaren F1 successor to pack KERS into clean-sheet design
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    If you were impressed by the MP4-12C, well, you should be. It's an otherworldly performance machine. But we ain't seen nothing yet from McLaren Automotive, which is gearing up to launch an even more capable supercar. Whereas the 12C is targeted at the Ferrari 458 Italia, the next project down ...

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    Official: Team Lotus renews deal with Renault, gets Red Bull KERS
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    Glancing down the F1 roster this year has lead to a little confusion for many. That's because there are two teams that lay claim to the Lotus name, and they're both powered by Renault. The French automaker and engine supplier is stuck in the middle of the naming-rights tug-of-war, but if you were ...

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    Maserati to follow Ferrari down path of hybrid sportscars?
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    What's the world coming to when two of Italy's most storied supercar manufacturers – we're talking Ferrari and Lamborghini here, in case you couldn't tell – are planning to launch hybrid automobiles? Well, actually that'd be three of Italy's most storied automakers, now that rumors of ...

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    Videos: Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid uses Williams F1 flywheel KERS
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    Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The hybrid drive system being used by Porsche in its new 911 GT3 R isn't what you find in your average Prius or Fusion. Instead of a battery for energy storage, the 911 will use an electro-mechanical flywheel. The system ...

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    Report: Ferrari to show 599 hybrid concept in Geneva
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    Italian pub, Quattroroute reports Ferrari will show its first road-going hybrid next March at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the 599 GTB, the Ferrari hybrid is expected to use a derivative of the kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) used on the prancing horse's Formula One cars during part of the ...

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    BMW gives up on KERS for the remainder of the 2009 F1 season
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    After using its KERS hybrid system on and off through the first half of the 2009 Formula One season, the BMW-Sauber team has decided enough is enough. The team will shelve the system through the remainder of the year while it focuses on aerodynamic development. In spite of the utter lack of success ...

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    F1 teams vote to scrap KERS in 2010
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    Ferrari at the 2009 Turkish Grand Prix – Click above for high-res image gallery
    It's no secret that the FIA and the Formula One Teams' Association are jointly interested in reducing the cost required to compete in F1 racing, and the FOTA has taken a step in that direction by resolving to ...

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    Mercedes engineer says KERS 'not relevant to road cars'
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    McLaren MP4-24 - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    Of the ten teams competing in this year's Formula 1 championship, McLaren-Mercedes is the only one that's equipped both of its cars with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) for every single race of the season. Whether the 60 kW power ...

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    Confirmed: Ferrari testing hybrid powertrain in 599 prototype
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the Ferrari 599XX
    One of the stated reasons that automakers send prototype race cars around tracks at high rates of speed is to further the development of new technology for their road-going automobiles. There's no higher form of automotive motorsport than ...

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    BMW Sauber discovers cause of KERS shock
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    According to Team BMW Sauber, it has "concluded their investigations into the KERS incident at Jerez." Incident? You mean that time when one of your mechanics was literally thrown to the ground after doing nothing more than touching your car? Right, that one. If you are truly interested in ...

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    Ferrari split as Formula One goes hybird
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    Formula One is going hybrid starting next year, according to statements released by the sport's governing body the FIA. The Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) will be phased in over a period of several years, starting with the 2009 season and culminating with the full-fledged implementation by ...

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