Midland-based industrial giant GKN is using space-age Formula One technology to help drive 20 per cent plus fuel savings on London buses.
The Redditch firm has agreed a deal with the Go-Ahead Group to help reduce emissions in cities with the supply of electric flywheel systems to 500 buses.
The innovative GKN system is based on Formula One race technology developed in the UK.
It will help increase the efficiency of every bus to which it is fitted by using less fuel and therefore reducing carbon emissions - the same technology helped Audi's R18 e-tron win at Le Mans recently.
Go-Ahead has placed an order for GKN Hybrid Power to supply 500 of its Gyrodrive systems to the transport operator. The Gyrodrive system uses a high speed flywheel made of carbon fibre to store the energy generated by a bus as it slows down to stop. It then uses the stored energy to power an electric motor which helps accelerate the bus back up to speed, generating fuel savings of 20 per cent plus.
Philip Swash, chief executive of GKN Land Systems, said: "This is an important milestone for GKN Hybrid Power. We've worked in close partnership with Go-Ahead throughout the development of this innovative technology and it's very exciting to move into the production phase."
Chief executive of Go-Ahead David Brown added: "Our collaboration with GKN has been a most constructive one. Flywheel technology will help us make buses an even more environmentally responsible choice."
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