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    Read This: Volvo S60 F-1 KERS system adds some noise, increases efficiency up to 20%

    You can sign us up for this one. Volvo is testing a prototype S60 sedan equipped with a Formula One-type Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) at its Sweden headquarters and recently took some folks from Green Car Reports for a test drive. While noting that the KERS' rear-axle mounted flywheel ...

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    Report: Patents reveal Ferrari working on non-KERS hybrid

    Ferrari is known for hyper-exotic supercars, speed and big price tags. There is a reason, though, that we didn't mention fuel efficiency. Hopped-up V8 and V12 engines don't exactly conjure up images of tree-hugging, and, for the most part, our Autoblog pals are more than okay with that. That ...

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    Report: Pininfarina P4/5 Competizione going hybrid?

    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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    Team Lotus extends Formula One engine deal with Renault, will use KERS in 2012

    Team Lotus of Formula One confirmed it will extend its F1 engine deal with Renault through to the end of 2013. The team, headed by entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, announced at the Singapore Grand Prix that it will employ a Red Bull-developed KERS system starting in 2012. Fernandes said the Team ...

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    Renault, Red Bull ready for more racing

    Red Bull Racing and French automaker Renault have confirmed a five-year extension of their successful Formula One partnership. This agreement will see Red Bull run with the current V8 engine and KERS hybrid system for the next two seasons, during which time Red Bull will collaborate with Renault ...

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    Report: F1 back-tracking on electric propulsion in pit lanes

    Formula One racing certainly holds an electrifying level of excitement for the legions of fans around the world, but don't go counting on that translating to electric propulsion just yet. We recently reported on the FIA's new technical regulations for 2014 and beyond, which, in addition to ...

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    Renault concerned about silent electric F1 cars in the pit lane

    Of all the teams and manufacturers in F1, typically Renault has been the most supportive of the FIA's push for more environmentally-friendly means of propulsion. The French manufacturer – which has, in the "civilian" market, often been at the forefront of the electric car scene – was ...

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    Official: Official: FIA mandates electric-only propulsion for F1 grand prix pit lanes

    Go back into the history of grand prix racing, and the only green you'd expect to see was the color of a British racing car and the vast quantity of cash injected into the sport. But today, Formula One is a different scene, thanks in no small part to a push by the FIA for a more environmentally ...

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    Report: Porsche denies KERS coming to 911 range

    In mid-May, we reported that the next-gen Porsche 911 will significantly depart from previous 911 models. The chief novelty of the 991 (Porsche's code name for the next-gen 911), confirmed by Porsche sources in Germany, was that the entire 911 lineup would benefit from KERS technology. Now, the ...

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    Volvo to test fuel-saving Flywheel KERS system [w/video]

    Volvo has received a grant of 6.57 million Swedish kronor ($1.05 million U.S. at today's exchange rate) from Swedish Energy Agency to jointly develop and test a flywheel kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) with SKF, a Swedish bearing company founded in 1907. The system, called Flywheel KERS, ...

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    Report: Red Bull Racing to tap Nissan's battery tech experts

    Battery tech experts over at Nissan will be tapped to boost the performance of vehicles fielded by the world champion F1 Red Bull Racing team, according to What Car? Having recently signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Infiniti, Red Bull is now seeking a collaborative agreement on ...

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    Saft supplying five Formula 1 KERS cars with VL li-ion batteries [w/video]

    Saft has revealed that it will supply its "state-of-the-art" batteries based on its VL lithium-ion cells to five of the 12 Formula 1 (F1) teams competing this season, including Ferrari and Lotus Renault GP. The batteries are a vital part of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that is being ...

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    Chip Yates reveals KERS secret of Swigz superbike [w/video]

    Swigz Pro Racing superbike with KERS – Click above to watch the video after the jump
    Chip Yates hasn't yet run a single race with his new Swigz superbike but he's confident that when he does, the KERS – the kinetic energy recovery system – will make it a competition-shattering ...

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    Report: 2014 Lotus Elite to feature Toyota's hybrid tech

    2014 Lotus Elite coupe concept
    In 2014, Lotus plans to offers a production version of it $179,000 Elite coupe concept to the public (well, to the members of the public with a pile of unwanted cash, anyway). Lotus has dished out a load of details about its Elite prior to its official unveiling in ...

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    2014 Lotus Elite coupe to offer optional KERS hybrid system

    2014 Lotus Elite coupe concept
    Admittedly, 2014 is a long time away and a lot of things could happen between now and then to squash Lotus' plan to offer a production version of its Elite coupe concept. But, if nothing is dramatically altered within four year's time, then we'd expect to see the ...

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    Chip Yates opens electric superbike kimono, will take it completely off in October
    1283087220 Pro Racing electric superbike – Click above for high-res image gallery
    One of the biggest disappointments of the 2010 TTXGP North America championship might have been the non-appearance by Chip Yates and the Pro Racing team. Up until the first race, we had expected them ...

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    IndyCar announces downsized, boosted engines for 2012, KERS possible

    Following last weekend's running of the Indianapolis 500, the Indy Racing League announced that when its next-generation engine rules go into effect, smaller displacement, boosted engines would replace the current, normally aspirated 3.5-liter V8 engines. The specifics of the new powertrain ...

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    Ferrari Boss Felisa: "Hybrid means we can protect the V12"

    Ferrari 599 HY-KERS – Click above for high-res image gallery
    In the Eighties, you wanted your MTV. Now that you're a little older and a lot richer, you want your naturally aspirated V12 Italian cars, and both Ferrari and Lamborghini plan to deliver. The raging bulls at Sant' Agata are ...

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    McLaren, 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 ...

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    F1 teams consider bringing back KERS for 2011

    BMW Sauber F1.09 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    A great debate is currently taking place between Formula One teams as to whether they should reinstate the use of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for next year. The proposal is being considered by the team principals ...


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