Four teams to test KERS next week

Fri, 12 September 2008, 07:10

After the electric shock incident, BMW-Sauber will get its track testing of KERS technology back on track at the Jerez test next week, the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport reports.

In fact, it emerges that, as well as the Swiss based team, McLaren, Honda and Williams are also planning to run KERS systems at the final in-season group test of 2008.

It is believed test drivers Gary Paffett and Pedro de la Rosa will be at the controls of McLaren’s initial KERS efforts.

But chief executive Martin Whitmarsh cautioned: “The prototype is too heavy. The next version will weigh a lot less.”

BMW-Sauber tester Christian Klien, meanwhile – who was at the wheel when the team mechanic was shocked at Jerez in July – was due to give the system a trial run on Friday, at BMW’s own test circuit in Miramas.

Honda test driver Alex Wurz will head the Japanese team’s KERS efforts at Jerez next week, and it is believed Super Aguri refugee Anthony Davidson may also be present.

Jerez will also mark the track debut of Williams’ unique KERS system, which uses a flywheel rather than a normal battery to store the collected energy.

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