F1's 2014 electronics revolution explained

F1's 2014 electronics revolution explained

They are hidden from the eye, but the electronics needed to control this year's complex energy-recovery systems will soon make the news when their failings translate into penalties. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains how they work

Since KERS was introduced in 2009, one of the less-talked-about parts of energy-recovery systems has been the battery and the electronics needed to manage the electrical energy passing from the Motor Generator Units.

With the huge increase in the potential power from ERS for 2014, the design of these systems is ever more critical, doubly so given the limit of five of each of the energy store and control electronics per driver per season. This means reliability is paramount if teams are to avoid grid penalties for busting their allowance later in the season.

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