Zytek Developing Hybrid Race Engine

Nov 1, 2013

Zytek Engineering has announced the development of a 2014 LMP1 fuel flow regulation-compliant engine.

The fuel-efficient, 4,500cc engine is currently undergoing tests with the objective of supplying customers in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, according to Zytek. The normally aspirated engine will benefit from advanced control/drive-by-wire technology. The application of direct fuel injection also is being explored following significant investment in ultra-accurate fuel mass flow measurement equipment.

“Zytek is fully supportive of the drive to introduce and develop fuel-efficient hybrid powertrains through the motorsport arena,” said Bill Gibson, chairman and founder of Zytek. “The 2014 FIA/ACO regulations present the perfect opportunity to combine technologies developed across the Zytek Group to provide a single source of engine/ERS and control systems within the constraints of a realistic budget.”

The engine incorporates technology from the V-8 ZRS-03 units used in the Renault World Series FR3.5 category, according to Zytek.

In addition to the gasoline engine, an optional electric hybrid system will also be offered for teams who choose to pursue the competitive advantages offered by the 2 or 4 MJ per Le Mans lap Energy Recovery System (ERS) allowed within the regulations. The transmission-linked system is based upon the successful Zytek F1 KERS derived package currently raced in the Honda SGT-300 CRZ in Japan and testing in high-performance format in the 2014 SGT-500 Honda NSX test car.