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BMW Tries to Lighten Load to Accommodate KERS for Kubica

Posted in BMW Sauber, Formula 1, Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2009 by autoracingpower

KERS - Kinetic Energy Recovery System

KERS - Kinetic Energy Recovery System

BMW Sauber is attempting to launch a lighter version of its F1.09 in time for the Spanish Grand Prix to increase the chances of Robert Kubica being able to use KERS in his car. Kubica hasn’t been able to use KERS yet due to the extra weight it adds. The extra weight hurts the handling and increase the tire degradation.

Nick Heidfeld, Kubica’s BMW teammate has been able to use the KERS since he is weighs much less than Kubica.

Source: Autosport.com

BMW is confident that KERS provides an advantage on the track, which is why they are making such an effort to equip Kubica’s car.

Will BMW Sauber have KERS for Australia Opener?

Posted in Auto Parts, BMW Sauber, Flywheel, KERS, Nick Heidfeld with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2009 by autoracingpower
KERS - Kinetic Energy Recovery System

KERS - Kinetic Energy Recovery System

Nick Heidfeld has said that BMW Sauber has yet to make a decision on whether the or not they will be using a kinetic energy recovery system for the opening race in Melbourne, Australia.

Williams and Toyota have stated that they will not have cars with KERS on the starting grid. Red Bull has announced that they might postpone the introduction of their KERS system.

BMW Sauber is believed to have one of the most advanced kinectic energy recovery systems and has been one of the biggest supporters of the technology in Formula 1. The precise benefits gained by using the KERS is still not known. While the system delivers an instant horsepower boost at the driver’s command, the system adds an additional 40 kg of weight to the car, changes the weight distribution, raises the center of gravity, needs more cooling, and affects stability in braking. And then there is also the question of reliability.

“Reliability seems quite good and we are testing it quite often, not all the time, but on and off to understand the benefits that we will hopefully have,” Heidfeld stated on the Formula 1 website.

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Source: AP

F1 Car Launched: BMW Sauber F1.09 Photos

Posted in Formula 1, Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by autoracingpower

bmw-sauber-f109-3BMW Sauber has launched their 2009 Formula 1 car, the BMW Sauber F1.09. Team drivers for BMW in the 2009 season will be Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld. Last season, Kubica and Heidfeld finished in 4th place and 6th place, respectively.

Source: autoblog.com, gpupdate.net