Flywheel Hybrid Technology

May 8th, 2008 at 10:49am

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Torotrak is a UK-based company that’s developing a technology called a flywheel hybrid. Instead of using a big, heavy battery to store energy, the Torotrak system uses a spinning flywheel. It’s simple and lightweight compared to traditional electric hybrids, and it’s even going to be used in Formula One race cars. There’s no word yet if any automakers are signing up, but if it starts winning races you can bet they’ll be all over it.

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3 Comments to “Flywheel Hybrid Technology”

  1. Tom Martin Says:

    I remember reading about this in the 1980′s in Popular Science. For some reason, it never came to be. Maybe the sub-dollar gas killed the idea.

  2. Bob Says:

    This idea will not store energy for a long time. My guess is about an hour at most. It will not help with a cold start on a Monday morning but by God, in a road car it will save a lot of gas pulling away from traffic lights.

  3. Hector M Maldonado Says:

    Great project!! i´m wondering ¿how do you overcome the resistance of the flywheel to move around, since it´s innertia oposes to the moving off its axis? ¿do you place the flywheel horizontaly?