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Williams is intent on bringing another major automaker into Formula 1, but which will get the call? Volkswagen has toyed with the idea of entering F1 for some time. The German auto giant is one of the largest carmakers never to participate in the sport, notwithstanding Porsche and Lamborghini, which have in the past and which have since fallen under the VW umbrella. The latest reports suggest that if costs continue to drop and stability is restored, Volkswagen could field an entry – in som
The hybrid drive development unit of the Williams Formula One team has decided to stop working on its Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for the team. Instead, the Williams Hybrid Power (WHP) division will target the flywheel electric KERS at road going applications. In spite of ending the system's motorsports development, WHP has actually doubled the size of its staff as it has adjusted.
With all the money that goes into running an F1 team, and the limited opportunity to make any of it back, we can't see why anyone would view owning a team as a sound investment. Evidently Herr Toto Wollf feels otherwise, as the Austrian financier and gentleman racing driver has acquired a minority interest in Williams Grand Prix Engineering.
Since falling from its glory days of yore – when it won nine constructors championships an seven drivers titles – the Williams F1 team has been desperate to light a fire under its drivers and engineers to get back to its winning form. But we don't think this is what Frank Williams and his deputy Patrick Head had in mind.
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.
While most of the big teams in Formula One, including Ferrari, Renault and BMW, are planning to run battery electric Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) on their 2009 cars, the Williams team is following a different path. One of the few remaining independent teams, Williams has opted for a mechanical system. The system uses an electrically driven flywheel spinning at up to 40,000 rpm to recapture kinetic energy during braking. Under braking, the rear wheels turn a motor/generator that spins u
Formula 1's Kinetic Energy Recovery System, otherwise known as KERS, is causing quite a stir among the teams that are preparing to compete in the 2009 season. BMW is said to have led the push to implement these hybrid systems on schedule this year, and rumor has it that many of the other teams are none too happy about it, with Ferrari admitting that its system is more expensive than planned and that the team would be testing versions of the car with and without the technology. Add Williams and R
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