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    Zytek Hybrid at Petit Le Mans

    Looks like we will get to see a hybrid powered prototype this year!


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    Very interesting!
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    Not only did they beat the manufacturers, they also beat the F1 teams...

    Although it does seem sketchy that all the high power battery sits beside the driver....
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    that could be really interesting, I'm looking forward with circuits like Monza with big braking and powerful acceleration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeonOfTheDead View Post
    that could be really interesting, I'm looking forward with circuits like Monza with big braking and powerful acceleration.

    And Le Mans.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by RacingManiac View Post
    And Le Mans.....
    I didn't notice they will enter Le Mans too, but that's even more interesting!
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    If its a Zytek and if it does well I am sure other interest will pop out....and I'd imagine Zytek will want that car to be on the grid for the 24 hours next year....
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    Please correct me if I'm wrong. The ACO hasn't finalized the rules for electric hybrids, right? If so I can only imagine how much the future regulations for hybrid prototypes hinge on Corsa's performance at petit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacingManiac View Post
    If its a Zytek and if it does well I am sure other interest will pop out....and I'd imagine Zytek will want that car to be on the grid for the 24 hours next year....
    Can it be competitive with a 4.5L engine is what I wonder?

    I think not.

    Does anybody have any idea how much of a boost in ho and how long the KERS will provide?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitdy View Post
    Does anybody have any idea how much of a boost in ho and how long the KERS will provide?
    AFAIK in Formula 1 the boost isn't so relevant, just son tenth per lap, but it should be use not to improve the overall performance but just to overtake.
    in LMS there is a different type of racing, the race are longer, the cars are heavier and overtaking is easier, so probably the KERS's performance will be more consistent and durable.
    something that F1 can't do, is recovering energy from the frontal wheels, but I think in LMS is much easier to do and that would allow to recover double the energy with the same components
    maybe they are looking to improve the fuel efficiency more than obtaining an higher power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitdy View Post
    Can it be competitive with a 4.5L engine is what I wonder?

    I think not.

    Does anybody have any idea how much of a boost in ho and how long the KERS will provide?
    I wonder if Zytek will switch to turbochargers with the new Q10 prototype. Jon Field from Intersport Racing was leading the Audis at Road America in early August in his # 37 Lola B06/10 with a twin-turbo'd AER V-8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by togos452 View Post
    I wonder if Zytek will switch to turbochargers with the new Q10 prototype. Jon Field from Intersport Racing was leading the Audis at Road America in early August in his # 37 Lola B06/10 with a twin-turbo'd AER V-8.
    But Intersport has not done well any other time however.

    I've heard that the MZR-R makes the most power in LMP2 which confuses me as according to Wouter, the I4 also causes less vibrational problems than the V8s in this class. Why then did Acura and Porsche opt for the 3.4L V8s - I heard the Acura may be based off an Indy engine(?). Maybe the V8s are torquier?

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    Maybe just easier to manage for cooling and other reason....perhaps also stronger structurally since the block is a chassis member....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitdy View Post
    But Intersport has not done well any other time however.

    I've heard that the MZR-R makes the most power in LMP2 which confuses me as according to Wouter, the I4 also causes less vibrational problems than the V8s in this class. Why then did Acura and Porsche opt for the 3.4L V8s - I heard the Acura may be based off an Indy engine(?). Maybe the V8s are torquier?
    But Jon Field overtook everybody in the Utah race in May, 2008 at the start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by togos452 View Post
    But Jon Field overtook everybody in the Utah race in May, 2008 at the start.
    I stand corrected.

    No less, the Lolas have hardly been competitive.

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