Corsa hybrid prototype ready for first test
Corsa Motorsport’s new Ginetta-Zytek GZ09SH hybrid sports prototype tested for the first time at Silverstone today, with Johnny Mowlem at the controls. Mowlem will team with Stefan Johansson to debut the ground-breaking GZ09SH project at May 17’s Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix.
“The car (with the hybrid system engaged) has not turned a wheel in Europe,” team owner Steve Pruitt said. “So it’s a lot of hope and faith. Our engineers say everything is moving along well in getting the car put back together. It has a lot of peculiar facets and unique things that haven’t been tried.”
The Corsa Ginetta-Zytek will employ a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that enables the collection and conversion of mechanical energy to electrical energy. It permits the use of an electric motor, resulting in more efficient power and a lower carbon footprint. How the car performs and behaves with KERS engaged is still a big mystery to Pruitt.
“We still just don’t know how (the captured energy) is going to be applied specifically. I’m anxious to get Johnny’s feedback,” Pruitt said. “The project offers an interesting dynamic. It has a lot of potential and challenge. But it’s frustrating on the same level. You have to go about it in logical steps.
“It is a very complicated and technical endeavor, much more than what we thought when we decided to do this about a year ago,” he added. “Once we capture the energy and it’s converted to the DC motor, it really circumvents the internal combustion engine. The general spirit of the rules results in developments that can be passed on to road-going technology.”