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Zytek hybrid system takes global honour

Zytek's hybrid system, as used in the ALMS and in F1, is named as Powetrain Innovation of the Year
The Zytek KERS system as used in both the American Le Mans Series and in F1 has been named as the Powertrain Innovation of the Year at the Professional Motorsport World Expo in Cologne.

The system has proved to be a success in sportscar competition after Corsa Motorsports elected to run a hybrid LMP1 car in the ALMS, having previously competed in the GT2 class.

The team's Ginetta-Zytek, driven by Johnny Mowlem and Stefan Johansson, finished third overall in only its second race at Lime Rock Park and then took fourth in the season finale at Laguna Seca where it was noticeably closer to the Acura teams.

The Zytek KERS system has also proven to be a huge success in F1, helping McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton to secure two wins and fifth place in the drivers' championship during the 2009 season.

“It is a great honour for Zytek to receive this award,” Zytek operations director John Manchester said. “Motorsport is one of the best environments in the world to showcase and develop technology and this type of focus can help to educate people about hybrid systems and ultimately lead to the transfer of technology onto to our ever day road vehicles.”


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Mike - Unregistered

November 11, 2009 10:58 AM

Good to see some real innovative technology in F1 instead of the endless refinement of known systems as recently criticised by Ross Brawn. And we should not forget that the man who brought KERS to Formula One was the much-maligned Max Mosley.

BoSox

November 12, 2009 3:29 AM

With only Williams running KERS in 2010, I hope that the Zytek system and the upcoming Bosch system will be more widely used in Le Mans racing and eventually trickle to GT racing. This is where it can reach the broadest of championships and have the biggest impact.



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