The 2011 Formula One season was supposed to kick off last week in Bahrain, but because of increasing political tensions in the region, the Bahrain Grand Prix was moved to a later schedule, which then bumped the opening race of the season to the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 27, 2011.

With the longer wait for the start of the season, Red Bull decided it was the best time to educate Formula One fans on some new technologies in place for the 2011 season, including the use of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems) and the ability to adjust the car’s rear wing so as to reduce drag.

In this video, which serves as instructional more than anything else, Red Bull driver Mark Webber describes the benefits of using the KERS system within the race. Whether its an aggressive attempt at an overtake or a defensive tactic to keep a rival behind you, the KERS system provides an added boost of energy on the car’s engine, which in turn could spell the difference between being ahead and trailing the competition. The boost can be used in small doses or all at the same time, either at the start of the race where track position is paramount or in the middle of a heated battle with a rival.

Check out the video for a simple yet fascinating lesson on how the KERS system works in the high-tech and fast-paced world of Formula One.


Source: Red Bull

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  (1211) posted on 05.9.2011

hmm. It seems that the detailing of the KERS System is kind of confidential. The flow of this technology wasn’t said in this article. I just wonder if its exclusive only for the Red Bull? BTW, I enjoyed the video.

  (462) posted on 03.24.2011

Too bad that these kinetic energy recovery systems are a tad too expensive to be put into most vehicles. Imagine the fuel savings that you will get if you have this one.

  (467) posted on 03.23.2011

yeah, it was a good thing that he did it that way. It would be really hard if had included all those techno mumbo jumbo, especially for us who are not familiar with the terms.

  (402) posted on 03.23.2011

I thought that Webber was going to very technical on this one, good thing he didn’t it would have been difficult to understand the whole thing for the rest of use who are not familiar with such techie stuff.

  (559) posted on 03.22.2011

Good thing that he didn’t go all too technical on this one, that would make it impossible to understand. Kudos to Webber for considering that.

  (399) posted on 03.22.2011

Well, the KERS does offer a lot in terms of efficiency. And they have actually improved the a lot that it is able to return a significant amount of energy into the system

  (858) posted on 03.21.2011

This definitely clears a lot in my head as to how KERS work. And you are right, there are several car manufacturers now trying to implement it on their vehicles.

  (528) posted on 03.21.2011

Nice. Thanks for the video! It helped me to understand the superb high-tech technology and ultimate pacing of F1! I really can’t wait for the opening of the Grand Prix here in Australia!

  (579) posted on 03.21.2011

Actually, the kinetic energy recovery system is nothing new outside F1, as it is also now being implemented by some automakers to improve fuel efficiency. Though, this one has yet to go mainstream.

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