The motorsports industry has a key role to play in driving fuel efficiency and leading technological thinking for the automotive industry as a whole. The sector has become a test-bed for many of the common technologies we see in the automotive industry today, from disc brakes and rearview mirrors to engine air intake and the use of new materials like carbon fiber. Motorsports is an ideal environment to apply the new high-performance systems that ultracapacitors enable and to lead engineering advancements in vehicle performance and efficiency.
Kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) is an advanced technology used in modern racecars and high performance vehicles for recovering kinetic energy under braking. The recovered energy is then used to provide additional power and boost acceleration when needed while reducing fuel consumption. With recent advances in technology, ultracapacitors now provide one of the best technology solutions on the market for KERS applications.
Formula One introduced KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) hybrid power in 2009. The subsequent improvements in vehicle acceleration and fuel efficiency are now widely recognised and the technology has been picked up in other areas of the motorsports world like the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In addition, KERS is filtering through to some passenger cars, motorcycles and even bicycles.