F1 » Ecclestone: 'Kinetic energy thing' caused Williams fire

Bernie Ecclestone attacks KERS again... blames fire on it.

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Baba duku - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 5:41 AM

First of all an ultra cap would be a better choice than a battery. Which is reusable a million times.
Secondly there is such a thing as recycling batteries. So forget thee landfill pollution, that was in the past.
I do agree that the motor homes need to be run on renewable energy to match the green initiatives of the cars they race.
Any ways hernie has a point but in few years there will be full electric races. And this kers hybrid f1, it's just the taste of whats to come.


May 31, 2012 2:31 PM

it would be strange for kers to cause the fire, as it is a requirement to discharge the units and to isolate them before any work on the car is carried out. initial reports stated that fire started EXTERIOR to the car, at the workbench.

Ptolomy - Unregistered

May 31, 2012 9:16 PM

Williams never put the flywheel KERS into use did they?
And... To hell with all the electric assist and green tech in F1.
And the new engine formula... mandated V6's, rev limits, turbos with boost limits or whatever.... ?
A more exciting approach would be a simple displacement limit and unlimited engine development and layout. Maybe 2.2L in 2014... and 2.0L in 2016... and 1.8L in 2018 and so-on, depending on what power the cars are making at the moment.
I'd like to see a 900hp naturally aspirated 1.5L engine running on common gasoline before I die. I'd say the engineers could accomplish that in about 20 more years of development.


June 01, 2012 7:17 PM

Ptolomy, yes Williams do run the flywheel KERS, Williams have in fact set up a subsidiary company 'Williams Hybrid Power' to further develop the system and sell it on. Their system is currently used by Audi in the R18 Etron Hybrid LMP1 car , also Porsche are using the Williams system in their GT3 R Hybrid Race Car where it apparently is able to provides an extra 163bhp. WHP have also been contracted to develop a system for buses.
Also there are reports that the sytem could find it's way into all roadgoing 911's. All that sort of makes the technology extremely relevant and something that F1 and it's followers should be proud of instead of rubishing it.

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