gibells wrote:Question is whether they're be able to glean information learnt by McLaren after choosing to ignore the unit in 2009. Kers + Big fuel tanks is going to be a packaging nightmare. Is there any credit in modifying Honda's concept of having the batteries in the nose (a la Honda's 2009 effort as we have just discovered)? It may play into the weight distribution hands.
I believe MB HPE was already an A123 Systems customer in 2009.Raptor22 wrote:On teh KERS for W02, have a look at Honda's KRS system they unveiled at the Green car Conference. I have a feeling a lot of the ideas in there will find its way into W02.
I also wonder if they will be running A123 battery packs
A123 was born out of the research labs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was funded initially with a $100,000 grant from the US Department of Energy in 2001. Among the companies using A123 batteries, battery systems and technology in the fields of transportation, grid energy storage and portable power are AES, BAE Systems, Better Place, Black and Decker, Cessna, Chrysler, Daimler, Delphi, Duke Energy, General Motors, Google.org, LADWP, Madison Gas and Electric, Magna Steyr, Mercedes Benz High Performance Engines, Procter and Gamble, Sempra and Volvo Truck.(Source:http://ir.a123systems.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=403091)
ESPImperium wrote:According to @RacecarEngineer (Racecar Engineering) on Twitter the MGP W02-01 (Assuming that is the chassis) was fired up for the first time just a few days ago.
Id asume the W02-01 will get shaken down in about 5 weeks time, as they will probably use that chassis for seat fittings and initial changes before that time. But it could be that the Mercedes team want W02-02 to do testing and for 03 and 04 to go racing in Bahrain with 01 being used back in Brackley.
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