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Williams Unique KER’s Technology On the Podium

by F1Fan on April 10, 2010

While not directly Formula One related, Williams subsidiary Williams Hybrid Power (WHP) today issued a press release marking Porsche AG’s third place finish of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid which uses WHP’s patented kinetic energy recovery system.

Here is a transcript of the WHP press release:

Oxford, UK, 10 April, 2010.
Williams Hybrid Power (WHP) today offered its congratulations to Porsche AG following a successful race for the 911 GT3 R Hybrid which uses WHP’s magnetically-loaded composite flywheel technology. Although the car completed a full race distance in the opening round of the championship, today’s result marks the first occasion when the system has been operated at its full performance potential. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid, driven by Joerg Bergmeister and Wolf Henzler finished in 3rd place. Having completed 28 laps of the 20.8km track in the 4hr endurance race, the hybrid programme had reached a major milestone in its development programme, following a week of intensive testing on the demanding Nordschleife circuit. At the conclusion of the race Bergmeister said,

“The hybrid system clearly helped us to save fuel. Moreover, it’s a great feeling to have those extra 120kW from the electric motors when you accelerate out of the corners.”

Ian Foley, Williams Hybrid Power’s Managing Director said,

“We are delighted with the progress Porsche AG have made with our MLC flywheel technology in the GT3 R Hybrid, particularly over the past few weeks. The system has now operated at its full output over a considerable distance during testing last week and racing today. I feel we are now a definite step closer to the goal of showing how flywheel technology can benefit both performance and fuel economy in the forthcoming Nürburgring 24 hour race on 15th and 16th of May.”

WHP’s patented magnetically loaded composite (MLC) flywheel is a novel and green electro- mechanical energy capture, storage and recycling technology with wide applicability for competition, road car and other transport solutions. The small and compact electro-mechanical system, first developed for Formula One, promises considerable fuel savings and associated emissions reductions in road car application. More information about WHP can be found at www.williamshybridpower.com.

Originally developed as AT&T Williams F1’s solution for the FIA’s KER’s requirement, the system never saw the light of day on a Formula One car. Only Ferrari, McLaren and Renault had KER’s solutions during the 2009 season before the teams elected to scrap the KER’s requirement for 2010 because of the cost, weight penalty and reliability issues.

Williams however saw many possible applications for their unique solution and formed WHP to pursue this new market. Earlier this year WHP announced that it had signed an agreement with Porsche AG to supply the hybrid system for the 911 GT3 R and is also developing the technology for larger, infrastructure applications at its new research facility in the Qatar Science and Technology Park in the Middle East.

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Conrad April 11, 2010 at 8:42 am

Glad to see you giving Porsche a little love!

F1Fan April 11, 2010 at 10:03 am

Now that they are part of the Mother Ship, I am coming around.

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