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Lhasa   Thursday, 07/10/08 02:40:36 PM
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Automotive jargon watch: flybrid

From Auto Talk
Chris Vander Doelen, Windsor Star
Published: Tuesday, July 08, 2008

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]

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