Mercedes-Benz says that KERS cannot be used by road cars

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

The findings reached by Mercedes-Benz after their Formula One technicians have demonstrated their Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) is that KERS has no direct bearing to road car applications.

Although the mechanical fly wheel system cannot be used by road cars, the electrical system could be adapted, but with extensive modifications just to make it appropriate. Mercedes road cars department sees no agreement between KERS and their objectives on the road car aspect.

Although it is an interesting technology, Mercedes believes it has no applications now or in the future in road cars.

But Mercedes is also quick to point out that KERS could be advantageous to road car development in different ways. For the car maker, how the KERS works is not the issue, what's important ist that the technology is pushing itself to the limits and this is a welcome thing.

This year, the McLaren Mercedes Formula One team has run electrical KERS system on both of its cars in every race this season, and it's one of just two teams to do that.

Other Formula One teams complain that KERS are too expensive to develop to be practical and too heavy to be of significant advantage.

The FIA, the Formula One governing body, however, insists in permitting the system because it believes that it has a direct effect on fuel-saving for the road car.

It has been reported that Jaguar is currently working with Torotrak to develop a flywheel-based KERS system which it is planning for it succeeding XJ model.

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