Volvo and an engineering technology called Flywheel Automotive recently has been conducting some tests on lightweight Flybrid flywheel KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology. It is supposed to help a car’s performance as it cuts fuel comsumption and emissions.
Amazing right? Here are some more stuff you ought to know:
- The research forms part of Volvo’s continued Drive-E Powertrain research and development programme, which demands no compromise between performance and efficiency.
- The system is the first full-scale trial of a rear-axle mounted flywheel system in a front-wheel-drive passenger car. The Flybrid KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) is fitted to the rear axle of a VolvoS60 powered by a 200kW five-cylinder T5 petrol engine.
- The partnership, using real-world driving data from tests on public roads and test tracks in both Sweden and the UK, has shown that the flywheel-based hybrid technology can deliver an 55kW performance boost, together with fuel savings of up to 25 per cent.