F1 » Williams plays part in Audi Le Mans success

Williams helps Audi to success in the Le Mans 24 Hours

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Hairpin - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 10:54 AM

Well done WHP, a fantastic proving of the technology and it's robust longevity.
Wishing you all the best for future applications in the commercial and domestic market place as well as motor-sport.

Asian Aussie - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 11:07 AM

Now lets open up the rules on formula 1 so we can have interesting designs being used again.

Lemans was great this year. That Nissan Delta wing was very quick in the rain and although it didn't get very far in the race the idea needs to be taken further.

it is really time to stop watching Motogp and formula 1. Both championships are just not keeping up to the lower formula's.

nedTed - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 1:00 PM

seems to me the flywheel is much better in terms of the environment than the battery one. F1 should have made the Williams version the standard, not the battery.


June 19, 2012 1:39 PM

You have to hand it to Audi. They get bored of dominating with petrol, so they dominate with diesel.
Competition cry foul, they hit them with rule changes. Meanwhile after chasing Peugeot away, they again are bored with domination with just diesel, carve out over 100 kilos of chassis weight and add it back with hybrid gear and massive front tyres. Result, continuous domination. Take that, Toyota!


June 19, 2012 7:18 PM
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The williams system on the F1 car has 2 electric motors, one is connected to the flywheel of the energy store the other is connected to the gearbox, when under braking the motor on the back of the gearbox turns into a generator which provides electrical power to the other motor which spins the flywheel. To harvest that stored energy the system reverses and the motor on the flywheel provides power to the motor on the gearbox. I suspect that the sytem devised by Williams for Audi will be similar but instead of a single gearbox motor there are two motors mounted one on each of the two front wheels and one on the flywheel, as far as the 24 hour lemans race was concerned the stored energy could be harvested at 7 points on the track and only when the car speed was above 120kph.

What a fantastic test of the Williams system, 24 hours of continious running at race pace - that should be okay then. Porsche also have some of their gt3 cars equiped with the system

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