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Flybrid Systems – building hybrid cars using flywheels not batteries


Flybrid Systems is developing an innovative flywheel based hybrid engine system which will take energy from braking and transfer it through a 60,000 rpm flywheel motion into a fuel saving boost to engine efficiency. It may sound kooky, but Jaguar are already looking at the technology and the Formula 1 racing world is also heavily invested in this type of tech. Don’t expect to see anything on the roads for a few years though, while they iron out the wrinkles.

 The Flybrid device is powerful, small and light giving a better power to weight ratio than any existing automotive hybrid technology. This higher power makes it possible to store more energy during short braking periods dramatically increasing system effectiveness. The system is also very efficient with up to 70% of braking energy being returned to the wheels to drive the vehicle back up to speed. The device is readily recycled and relatively inexpensive to make as it can be made entirely from conventional materials.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

1 Comment

  • While the power element is interesting, what happens if this things breaks loose while spinning at 60k revolutions? Also, wouldn’t these gadgets act as a gyroscope making turning corners difficult?

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