Williams KERS helps Audi win Le Mans

Ferrari was a Le Mans winner at the weekend, but so too was Williams. It has emerged that British F1 team Williams helped Audi win the top prototype course, LMP1.

Audi’s R18 cars – which finished in first and second place – were fitted with Williams technology – their flywheel KERS system.

Ian Foley, Managing Director of Williams Hybrid Power, commented, “Because of Audi’s pedigree at Le Mans there was pressure to get this project right, and to see our technology play a role in this historic triumph is immensely satisfying.

“Our flywheel technology started its life as a motorsport application and whilst it’s since been adapted for a variety of other purposes, motorsport will always be close to our heart and is the ultimate proving ground for our technology. Hopefully we have shown that innovative hybrid systems not only help the environment, but give a race car a fundamental performance boost in terms of power injection and fuel saving.”