Formula 1 racing to go hybrid

Starting in 2009, Formula 1 race cars will be hybrids, eventually capable of storing excess energy to be used for power boosts, a technology that apparently is much more efficient than current hybrids.

If this system can be applied to production vehicles, it will be possible to realize huge improvements in fuel economy and pretty respectable reductions in GHG emissions.

Maybe one day we will have all-electric car racing. Don’t laugh. The General Motors EV-1 electric vehicle could blow the hubcaps off a Ferrari from a standing stop. Full torque at zero RPM.

Who would have thought that one of the most venerated names in racing would be going hybrid? This demonstrates just how mainstream hybrids have become.

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