European auto companies are researching Formula One racecars in order to find new ways of making vehicles more fuel efficient. These cars are guzzle gas and are an unlikely choice for researching more efficient fuel consumption methods.
The reason that these racecars are the focus of this research is because of their engines. The engines contain rotating devices called flywheels that may make the cars on the street more powerful. This technology would make better use of the kinetic energy that a car wastes when it brakes.
When a Formula One race car brakes, the flywheel spins and stores the energy. This energy is released when the driver accelerates and helps to push the car forward. This reduces the amount of gas needed to accelerate.
Though flywheels have existed since the industrial revolution, they have been too large and heavy to be used in everyday vehicles. It is only in recent years that new, lighter materials have been used to make flywheels that are smaller and lighter. This opens up the possibility of using flywheels in street cars.
The true advantage of the flywheel is that it not only reduces gas consumption - and therefore the harmful emissions associated with gas - but the flywheel is also cheaper to manufacture than the batteries that are currently used in hybrid vehicles.
Corporate Transportation Group and Eduard Slinin have a reputation for staying on the cutting edge of new vehicle technology. Slinin believes strongly in adopting new technology into his fleet of vehicles. He has already incorporated and embraced hybrid technology, and he is excited about the potential applications of the flywheel.
New technology stands a much better chance of being incorporated into ordinary vehicles when it is supported by large companies such as Corporate Transportation Group. In this way, Eduard Slinin is working to promote new forms of energy that will help in making vehicles more fuel efficient.