Automotive jargon watch: flybrid
From Auto Talk
Chris Vander Doelen, Windsor Star
Published: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/automotive/story.html?id=b5f13426-ea03-4e3b-958d-3e9d2c75c900&p=1
Automotive jargon watch: flybrid. You're going to be hearing more about these tricky little suckers, since they have been approved for use in Formula One racers next year.
Nearly every F1 car will be a flybrid in 2009, as the race series tries to become more relevant to mass market trends. It's also trying to convince potential fans it's a "green" sport.
Once race application has been proven, flybrids could eventually end up in mass market vehicles. Jaguar and Ford are already looking at potential applications in luxury passenger cars.
A flybrid is hybrid gasoline/flywheel system which stores kinetic energy in a rapidly spinning wheel (up to 64,000 r.p.m.) which is sealed in a vacuum to keep atmospheric friction - and therefore heat - to a minimum.
[Torotrak not mentioned but there is only one group of companies developing a flybrid for F1 and that group includes Torotrak along with Xtrac and Flybrid Systems themselves]