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KERS in Formula 1

This is part 2 of my F1 blog series ( too short for a series?)

Brought back after its debut in 2009, KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) is one of this years main bits of technology in F1.

Put simply, a percentage of the energy generated, and wasted, in braking, is converted into electrical energy and stored in a power pack. This is then used to power a motor, giving the car an extra 80bhp for around 6-7s per lap.

The drivers can control KERS using a button or paddle on their steering wheel.

Now, Mercedes near perfected the system in 2009, the Brawn era, and this year is no different, match that to their highly effficent DRS system, and th MGP-W02 has massive straight line pace.But this is with conventional KERS. Red Bull, who used the system in 2009, have taken a different route with their 2011 KERS. What RBR have done, is compromised power output, with running a smaller battery pack and motor, but gained in packaging and weight, making the car just as competitive out of the turns.

But RBR havent had it all their own way. Since the start of the season, KERS has been a constant source of problems, which has lead to the dropping KERS for FP1 on Friday.

Back on track, one of KERS greatest moments was in China this year. Hamilton had a great run out of T15, had the run on Button because he used a “double push”; KERS becomes fully available as you go over the start finish line, and took Button into T1.

The electric charge in KERS is quite high, so safety and safety checks are paramount.

KERS will have a great impact on the rest of the season, as the smaller teams will develop their systems for 2010, and will pilot them at the end of the season.

Hopefully this blog series (?) was useful to some of ye, it certainly has been for me 🙂

Till the next time……

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  1. May 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

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