Motorsports pushes new technology forward
Racing is inherent in development of new automotive technologies. We have seen that in Formula 1 for decades, but now car manufacturers are turning green, a desire for another platform arises. City Challenge will provide a playground for every manufacturer that wants to accelerate new technologies for sustainable mobility.
Transport of people and goods has nowadays a great impact on the environment. According to the World Energy Council it accounts for between 20% and 25% of world’s energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Most governments have already decided that it needs to change and stimulates car manufactures to produce vehicles that have a less environmental impact. A race between the manufactures to come up with fuel efficient, hybrid and electric cars have begun.
New advanced technology won’t be put in the car just when it’s invented. Thoroughly testing and developing go before introduction. The ultimate platform to try out applications is in racing. A great example is Porsche that introduced their 911 GT3 R Hybrid, a purpose built hybrid race car which provides know-how on the use of hybrid technology in road-going sports cars. But there is no competition where it can meet its direct rivals.
Like the Porsche, and the 2012 Audi Le Mans racer, the car holds a flywheel instead of a battery pack. The flywheel itself is an electric motor with its rotor spinning at speeds up to 40,000 rpm, storing energy mechanically as rotation energy. It is charged whenever a driver brakes, with the motors reversing and storing energy which will improve acceleration.
It was first been developed as the Kinectic Energy Recovery System for the Williams Formula 1-team, but has soon found its way among other race categories. A subsidiary of the team made its high-power energy storage components ready for a variety of applications including hybrid passenger vehicles, hybrid busses, public transport and smart grid infrastructure for example.
City Challenge as a platform
However, the pinnacle of motorsports isn’t producing that much innovation for road cars anymore, as the manufacturers are focussing on alternative energy systems. City Challenge delivers a platform where car manufacturers are able to test new innovations that are useful for accelerating applications for cars on the road. City Challenge will lead the way by reintroducing the technical purpose of racing.