Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Racing Hybrid

The world of hybrid cars has come to racing.  In this case - - the 24 hours of Le Mans.  Audi and Toyota have entered hybrid cars.  For the first time, hybrid racers have a serious shot at winning.  Both team cars will capture energy during braking - - Audi using a flywheel and Toyota using supercapacitors to transfer energy to an electric motor that powers the front wheels.

Toyota will field two hybrids, Audi has entered two turbo-diesels, plus two hybrids. 

The video is a cash of one of the Toyota hybrids.

A link to an interview with Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, head of Audi racing, regarding the hybrid technology - -

Update - - the Audi hybrid (#1) won the race!!!

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