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Old 05-04-2009, 01:48 PM   #1
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The findings reached by Mercedes-Benz after their Formula One technicians have demonstrated their Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) is that KERS has no direct bearing to road car applications. Although the mechanical fly wheel system cannot be used by road cars, the electrical system could be adapted, but with extensive modifications just to make it appropriate.

Mercedes road cars department sees no agreement between KERS and their objectives on the road car aspect. Although it is an interesting technology, Mercedes believes it has no applications now or in the future in road carsBut Mercedes is also quick to point out that KERS could be advantageous to road car development in different ways. For the car maker, how the KERS works is not the issue, whatís important ist that the technology is pushing itself to the limits and this is a welcome thing.

This year, the McLaren Mercedes Formula One team has run electrical KERS system on both of its cars in every race this season, and itís one of just two teams to do that. Other Formula One teams complain that KERS are too expensive to develop to be practical and too heavy to be of significant advantage.

The FIA, the Formula One governing body, however, insists in permitting the system because it believes that it has a direct effect on fuel-saving for the road car. It has been reported that Jaguar is currently working with Torotrak to develop a flywheel-based KERS system which it is planning for it succeeding XJ model.
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:13 PM   #2
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I really hate KERS. Or at least the option to run it. Make all the teams run it or none of them...
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:31 PM   #3
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I'd love to see KERS make it into some cheap Chinese cars. We ain't seen nothin' yet for great crash footage...
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:45 PM   #4
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look my opinion of formula 1 is so low now i barely care. it is such a shame what eccelstone has done to the sprt. in 97-05 i was in love with the sport staying up till the early hours to watch the races. now i just dont care. to me the le mans series racing has replaced f1 as the pinacle of motorsport. f1 is about being the pinacle of technology, the fact of the matter is it hasnt been for the past 3+ years. endurance racing has contributed so much to racing over the past few years. look at how audis diesel r10 has affected there own ideas, and the perception that diesel can be sporty. when was the last time technology was directly applied from f1 to a road car? maybe paddle shifted gearboxes back in 2000. look i think that this is a kewl idea outside of the context of racing but if you are gonna force something on f1 make it at least a practical application like the use of e85 as fuel instead of petrol. i mean no traction control is one thing i understand but no abs. we have more features on road cars. come on f1 do something.
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:37 PM   #5
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I cant say I disagree with you. LMP1 cars are extremely impressive...
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I cant say I disagree with you. LMP1 cars are extremely impressive...
and lemans racing a hell of a lot more fun to watch.
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look my opinion of formula 1 is so low now i barely care. it is such a shame what eccelstone has done to the sport. in 97-05 i was in love with the sport staying up till the early hours to watch the races. now i just don't care. to me the le mans series racing has replaced f1 as the pinnacle of motorsport. f1 is about being the pinnacle of technology, the fact of the matter is it hasn't been for the past 3+ years. endurance racing has contributed so much to racing over the past few years. look at how audis diesel r10 has affected there own ideas, and the perception that diesel can be sporty. when was the last time technology was directly applied from f1 to a road car? maybe paddle shifted gearboxes back in 2000. look i think that this is a kewl idea outside of the context of racing but if you are gonna force something on f1 make it at least a practical application like the use of e85 as fuel instead of petrol. i mean no traction control is one thing i understand but no abs. we have more features on road cars. come on f1 do something.
agreed... I actually enjoyed F1 more when the rules were not so tight in an attempt to stifle innovation. It seems now that the only innovations in the sport come from the FIA themselves..

Le Mans prototype racing on the other hand... Impressive stuff... I can see how the different approaches taken by the manufacturers plays out over the course of the race. Innovation is much more evident in that form of racing.
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