I can see why Volvo does not refer to their experimental Flywheel KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) by the acronym FKERS (although it would make for hilarious interviews). But, all giggling aside, we've been hearing a lot of KERS laTely. Ferrari has one in the LaFerrari. Porsche is putting one in their 918. Same with the Audi e-tron R18 Quattro. Hell, even Formula 1 cars use them. You can not turn a corner without bumping into some carmaker working on a car with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System.

So, what makes Volvo's Flywheel KERS so special? To begin with, Volvo has been playing around with flywheel propulsion since the 1980s when they tested it in a Volvo 260. However, due to limitations in materials, the whole system, while interesting, was not really viable. The large steel flywheels from the 80s were too heavy and had limited rotational capacity.

Not so today. Thanks to carbon fiber, the Volvo system's flywheel weighs a scant six kilos, has a diameter of 20 centimeters and spins in a vacuum to decrease losses of kinetic energy due to friction. Here's how the new system works:

During the retardation, the braking energy causes the flywheel to spin at up to 60,000 revs per minute. via a specially designed transmission. The combustion engine that drives the front wheels is switched off as soon as breaking begins. it reaches cruising speed. "

By harnessing the kinetic energy of the flywheel, Volvo claims a KERS-equipped car will achieve 25 percent better fuel economy. To test the whole shebang, Volvo bolted a KERS to an S60 test car. The S60 has a turbo four-cylinder internal combustion engine powering the front wheel and the KERS, which adds an additional 80 horse, powering the rear. With this setup, the S60 will jaunt from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds. A similar Volvo S60 powered by a traditional 3.0 liter T6 6-cylinder turbo engine put to the ground via all-wheel-drive take 6.6 seconds 0-62. The KERS is faster and gets 25 percent better fuel efficiency. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Like most hybrids, the greatest gains in fuel economy will come in urban areas and in periods of heavy braking and frequent stop / starts. Volvo estimates in ideal condition a KERS-equipped car could drive without using the internal combustion engine about 50 percent of the time when driving according to the New European Driving Cycle .

Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems have already made it onto the roads in the form of the Ferrari LaFerrari. But, if you're like me, a supercar that costs over $ 1 million is slightly out of reach. Perhaps in the near future, a similar but more affordable system will sit comfortably in your driveway.

Source by Nick Glasnovich

So how do you choose the right horse to place a bet on? A lot of it has to do with trial and error, so you can take the long route and place little bets on each horse and not know why or what to look for.

Or you can read this article so you can make a better decision when placing your bets.
These tips are from people who have been betting on horses for years.

These tips should help you win more money and place better informed bets. 4 Horse Race Betting Tips:

1. Study all the horses in the race before the race begins, finding a winning product is just finding a winning horse, you have to study your product. In this case your product is the horse. So you have to check out the breeding of the horse as well as it's living conditions and if they are fast and or won a race. Do not fall in love with a horse and bet just because. You want to make sure they are well feed, live good and win races.

2. Winning Is In The Genes
If you were honest and you saw a thoroughbred horse standing next to a little horse half the thoroughbred size, would you bet on that horse?

The fact is if you pick horses that where bred to race. you will have a better chance of winning. Look for horses that have been bred to race form the beginning and you will be well on your way to picking a winner.

3. Become A Good Researcher
Think of your job as researching enough to be able to pick a win, just by research news TV, magazines about horse racing. You will know if you have a winner or a loser. Track horse races and different events, travel, study different patterns and other factors like history. If you do it correctly you should do great for the most part.

4. Different Horses For Different Races
When studying your horses, look at the way they run the track. Every horse is different in way they run the track. No one horse can win all races so choose the right horse for the right race. By watching how they run.

By doing these tips you will not waste your time or money and who knows you might even win some serious cash. So even though you're betting and taking a risk, by doing research you will have a far better chance or success.

Source by Jason Szova

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