HSV racer previews hybrid Holden V8
Last updated 13:44 24/10/2012
Holden hot shop HSV appears to be developing Formula One-style hybrid technology to boost the performance of its future V8s while reducing fuel consumption.
A clue to the likelihood that HSV will mate electric power assistance to possibly downsized engines within a few years is a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) it is developing for a proposed racing version of the ClubSport R8.
Holden's performance car partner has built a pair of race-spec R8s that it will pitch as the basis for a cost-effective one-make V8 series in India.
One of the cars, developed in conjunction with HSV's motor sport division, Walkinshaw Racing, is due to feature a KERS power booster modeled on F1's "push-to-pass" system.
In F1, the high-tech racers have high-capacity battery packs that provide a short boost of extra power at the push of a button.
Using mainly advanced lightweight lithium-ion batteries, KERS stores energy recovered each lap by regenerative braking systems, which convert heat into electricity.
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