Volvo’s Revolutionary Flybrid
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.