Williams F1 wins award for hybrid technology Williams Hybrid Power (WHP) received industry recognition when it won the Powertrain Innovation of the Year award at the Professional Motorsport World Expo in Köln, Germany earlier this week.
WHP’s award made it a clean sweep for the companies involved in the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid programme this year, with the car itself winning the award for Car of the Year and the project’s lead engineer, Dr Daniel Armbruster, winning the citation for Design Engineer of the Year.
Williams Hybrid Power’s magnetically-loaded composite flywheel technology helped the GT3 R Hybrid programme achieve noteworthy competition results in 2010, including a number of endurance race successes in Europe, Asia and the US.
Commenting on the award, WHP’s Managing Director, Ian Foley said, “We are very pleased with our tangible achievements on track with the high-profile Porsche project. This week’s award for Powertrain Innovation of the Year at the Professional Motorsport World Expo is an further industry validation of our unique approach to hybrid flywheel technology in the automotive sector. Bearing in mind the exponential growth of hybridisation, we believe that this validation together with promising early signs from our other work for road car and light transport applications will see WHP prosper into the medium term and beyond.”
Williams Hybrid Power is involved in a number of engineering projects concerned with the reduction of emissions in hybridisation of traditional combustion-based drivetrain solutions for a wide range of applications from passenger cars to city buses & trams. The patented and unique magnetically-loaded composite architecture of the WHP flywheel offers small and lightweight packaging, deep cycling capability suited to heavy and regular stop-start applications, and a cost-effective & easy-to-integrate solution.
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