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Honda Racing CEO Says F1 has no future without KERS

Forumula1.net. Formula One teams must embrace KERS technology if Formula One is to survive, according to Honda Racing CEO Nick Fry. KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems) are to be introduced in the 2009 season.

But several teams, led by Renault’s Flavio Briatore, have tried to delay the introduction of the systems on the grounds of safety and cost. The concerns came after a BMW Sauber mechanic received an electric shock and a battery fire at Red Bull Racing’s Milton Keynes Factory.

However, McLaren, Williams and Honda all ran fully functioning KERS systems at the four day test in Jerez last week and experienced no major problems. Honda’s Nick Fry is adamant that KERS is necessary to secure the future of Formula One and has criticised those teams who want to post-pone its introduction.

“KERS is key to the future of Formula One, and unless we take major steps to make the sport more environmentally sensitive, then there is no future,” he told Forumula1.net.

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Kelly

“KERS is key to the future of Formula One, and unless we take major steps to make the sport more environmentally sensitive, then there is no future,” he told Forumula1.net.

Fans may not realize that sports racing without environmental sensitivity and KERS has no future.

Jorge

"...and unless we take major steps to make the sport more environmentally sensitive, then there is no future"

Why the Singapore race will be held at night ?
They will need a lot of energy for illumination!!

I think once we are in the post-Peak Oil era, this sport will lose popularity.

I think once we are in the post-Peak Oil era, this sport will lose popularity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formula_One_car

"Race fuel consumption rate is normally around 75 liters per 100 kilometers traveled (3.1 US mpg - 3.8 UK mpg - 1.3 km/l). Nonetheless a Formula One engine is over 20% more efficient at turning fuel into power than most small commuter cars, considering their craftsmanship."

Let's say we have 100 cars, and the race is 10,000km long (mind you, that's 30 hours, flat out at 300km/h).

Arithmetic: 75*100*100 = 750000L of fuel, or about 200,000 gallons.

Fact: US gasoline consumption is about 400 million gallons per day.

So, the fuel to run that race would propel the entire US fleet of vehicles for 200000/400000000 days, or 40 seconds.

This number is going to remain about the same as improvements in fuel economy in normal cars would roughly track those in F1 cars.

Reality Czech
I think once we are in the post-Peak Oil era, this sport will lose popularity.
Yet horse racing remains popular.

The fuel use was grossly over estimated by 120X.

Race length = 300 km
22 cars

What is really not sinking in the F1 world is that drag must be GREATLY reduced. It will allow further engine downsizing and fuel savings. But the biggest gain will be better racing. Currently the cars produce so much wake that it kills the down force on the following car. It prevents close racing like the much more entertaining MOTOGP. The teams, Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA really need to get this for the spectacle to improve.

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