First Look: Mosley's Energy Storage System

FIA president Max Mosley wants to introduce a high-tech energy storage system to Formula One, in a bid to improve overtaking

First Look: Mosley's Energy Storage System

Following lengthy discussions with teams and manufacturers, which have been handed a fresh impetus following the results of an FIA survey that indicated fans wanted a high-tech sport with more overtaking, Mosley is pushing hard for the introduction of the hybrid technology device.

The device will make use of stored energy, produced by the heat of hard braking, in a bid to give drivers the modern-day equivalent of a 'turbo-boost' - where they will have an extra 60bhp on tap for around five seconds.

Regenerative power systems have been banned in Formula One for several years, with McLaren having famously spent time developing such a system, but Mosley now believes their use in the sport should be allowed.

As well as improving the chances of overtaking, Mosley is believed to like the idea because the technology actually has a relevance to road car developments rather than being purely high-tech for the sake of it.

"This concept has had an enthusiastic response from the carmakers," Mosley told the Guardian. "We want to get the emphasis away from hidden technology, whereas this would have direct relevance."

The general support that Mosley has received from teams and manufacturers about the energy storage system makes it likely that the device will be included in the proposals put forward for the new-look F1 planned from 2008.

McLaren managing director Martin Whitmarsh said: "It is the sort of technical challenge which we would be keen to undertake. It's certainly something we would like to get stuck in with."

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