(08-29-2012 03:32 PM)jaxx Wrote: That's a cool car pappy. I hope NASCAR follows along real fast. The dumpy cars they use now need upgraded and being fuel efficient would be downright amazing.
Well, as the article points out, Formula 1 cars have been essentially hybrids for 2 years now.
Without getting too technical, the cars employ and electric motor/generator attached to the drive train. At the start of each lap the motor generates enough energy into the cars batteries which, when called upon by the driver, can add a burst of 80 HP for 8 to 10 seconds. Next year the capacity will increase to about 120 HP.