Formula One race cars are borrowing a concept used in hybrid vehicles, capturing energy from braking. Magneti Marelli's Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery System stores energy created during braking and applies it to provide extra power on demand. Some drivers feel it can improve speed by as much as much as 0.4 sec per lap. Magneti Marelli is using Murata Electronics' capacitors to store this energy. The EVC series' ceramic capacitors are small enough to squeeze in anywhere, measuring only 32 × 40 × 3.7 mm — helping reduce weight, which can impact balance and performance depending on the mass distribution inside the car.
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
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