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13Speedbumps or electricity generators? How about both?

As a civilization, we're a pretty wasteful bunch. We aren't just talking about the number of uneaten chicken McNuggets disposed of every day, either. We allow untold volumes of kinetic energy to go sailing out into the ether; energy we could use to power any number of electricity-grubbing objects in our lives. New Energy Technology aims to change that, at least when it comes to speed bumps. The company recently tested its MotionPower Express system in Roanoke, Virginia. As a vehicle passes over

AddMcLaren, Ferrari, Williams, Renault all favor return of KERS to F1 in 2011

The McLaren Formula One team has joined Ferrari, Renault and Williams in backing the return of kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS) to the series in 2011. A handful of teams experimented with these hybrid drive systems in 2009 but everyone abandoned the systems for 2010. McLaren was actually the only team to win a race with a KERS-equipped car in 2009.

4Maserati to follow Ferrari down path of hybrid sportscars?

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 just such a Maserati are making the rounds on the Interwebs.

AddMaserati to follow Ferrari down path of hybrid sportscars?

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 just such a Maserati are making the rounds on the Interwebs.

AddZytek developed the Mercedes F1 KERS system

It turns out that when the time came for the McLaren-Mercedes Formula One team to develop a hybrid drive KERS for this year's car, it did not do the job in-house. Instead, it went to a specialist with perhaps more experience than anyone in developing such systems, Zytek. The UK engineering firm developed the hybrid powertrain for the first modern race car of the type, the Panoz Q9, a decade ago.

AddMcLaren gets first ever victory for a KERS-equipped race car

2009 has not been a good season for the McLaren team and defending world driving champion Lewis Hamilton. Nonetheless, the team – along with Ferrari – are the only ones still persevering with the new kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS). This weekend in Hungary, the efforts finally paid off with the first-ever victory for a car equipped with the hybrid electric drive system.

AddWilliams will likely never race flywheel KERS, may have commercial application

The Williams Formula One team developed one of the most unusual approaches to a hybrid KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) but it looks increasingly unlikely that the system will ever be used in competition. The current F1 teams have previously voted unanimously not to use KERS in 2010, even though the rules allow it.

AddNew Energy to test MotionPower energy generator at Burger King drive-thru

We've seen plenty of devices that are meant to recapture the kinetic energy of an automobile as it moves overhead, most recently at a Sainsbury's supermarket in Gloucester, United Kingdom. Oddly enough, we'll soon see the technology at a Burger King franchise in New Jersey as a company called New Energy has announced plans to trial its MotionPower energy generator at the fast food joint's drive-thru.

11BMW gives up on KERS for the remainder of the 2009 F1 season

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 using the kinetic energy recovery systems this year, team boss Mario Theissen said the development process has been useful for the company's production hybrids. Lessons learned in developing the elect

AddBMW gives up on KERS for the remainder of the 2009 F1 season

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 using the kinetic energy recovery systems this year, team boss Mario Theissen said the development process has actually be useful for the company's production hybrids. Lessons learned in developing th

AddOnly four cars to run KERS at Monaco Grand Prix

The ongoing debate among Formula one teams over whether to run kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS) continues as those teams head to the streets of Monaco this weekend. While as many as eight cars have used the new hybrid systems at races earlier this year, only four are expected to use it this week. Only the cars of Ferrari and McLaren have committed to running KERS in Monaco.

AddMercedes-Benz with KERS? Don't hold your breath

McLaren MP4-24 - Click above for a high-res image gallery

19Mercedes engineer says KERS 'not relevant to road cars'

McLaren MP4-24 - Click above for a high-res image gallery

AddSAE 2009: Torotrak mechanical flywheel KERS, likely coming to next Jaguar XJ

Adding an electric motor and battery to a vehicle is just one of many ways to create a hybrid. We've seen hydraulic hybrids being tested in a variety of commercial vehicle applications. Torotrak has an altogether different mechanical system based on flywheels. The Torotrak system first came to our attention a couple of years ago when the FIA proposed allowing kinetic energy recovery systems on Formula One cars. Subsequently, at least two F1 teams licensed the Torotrak system for use, but none ar

7Confirmed: Ferrari testing hybrid powertrain in 599 prototype

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AddConfirmed: Ferrari going hybrid

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AddAs Formula 1 prepares to launch KERS, safety concerns mount

The opening of the 2009 Formula one season is only a month away in Melbourne, Austraiia and, for the first time, teams will be able to compete with KERS hybrid drive systems aboard. It's not clear yet how many of the teams are actually ready to run their systems, but there is one big concern: safety. Most of the teams are believed to be working with some sort of electric hybrid rather than a mechanical flywheel system. Drivers and pit and safety crews are working on procedures for handling the c

AddVIDEO: Red Bull Racing preview of its new KERS-equipped F1 car

Up to this point, most Formula One race teams have maintained their usual veil of secrecy on what's inside their new cars. The Red Bull team has produced an interesting computer generated animation video that gives a little peak inside the new RB5 car that they are running for 2009. The most interesting aspect is the new KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) hybrid drive. Red Bull is one of the teams opting for an electric hybrid system. For 2009, teams are allowed to use KERS for the first time

AddFerrari tested at least three different KERS configurations in F1 car

Ferrari reportedly tested at least three different kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) configurations on its Formula One cars during 2008 and was dissatisfied with all of them. The most unusual setup involved mounting the batteries in the nose of the car. From a weight distribution standpoint, this was considered the most desirable approach. Unfortunately, this layout caused problems and required running the high voltage wires alongside the cockpit. The front-mounted battery also caused issues

AddBMW to Ferrari re: KERS: Sorry 'bout your lack of competitiveness

It must take guts to call out Ferrari, considering that the Italian marque has been a dominant force in both road-going supercars and in race-ready hardware. In fact, Ferrari managed to take home the coveted Constructors' Championship last year, ably defeating BMW, which finished in third position for the year. Regardless, BMW has some harsh words for Ferrari regarding the 2009 season and the use of the KERS energy-recovery hybrid drivetrain.

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