BMW Prepares Hybrid Race Car
May 30, 2008 4:55 p.m.
FRANKFURT -- BMW AG is developing hybrid technology for a Formula One race car to hit the track next year, according to Mario Theissen, director of motor sport at the German auto maker.
The team is responding to new rules presented in March by Formula One's governing body, the Paris-based Federation Internationale de L'Automobile, which will allow Formula One teams to boost the power of their cars using fuel-saving technologies, including hybrid.
"From 2009 BMW will use hybrid technology in Formula One," Mr. Theissen told guests assembled for the opening of a new BMW dealership in Frankfurt, Germany, late Thursday. Other Formula One teams are expected to explore similar technologies.
The FIA says it issued the new rules to make new fuel-saving technologies the only way that Formula One teams can increase the power of their engines, and so give a boost to research into technologies that can be used in the broader car industry to cut the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming. Car manufacturers, many of which sponsor Formula One teams, are under growing pressure to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.