Lime Rock: Johnny Mowlem preview

MOWLEM TO RACE ZYTEK WITH HYBRID POWER AT LIME ROCK LIME ROCK PARK, Conn. (July 15, 2009) -- Johnny Mowlem and the Corsa Motorsports team will bring a new revolution to New England when the team competes in the July 18 American Le...

MOWLEM TO RACE ZYTEK WITH HYBRID POWER AT LIME ROCK

LIME ROCK PARK, Conn. (July 15, 2009) -- Johnny Mowlem and the Corsa Motorsports team will bring a new revolution to New England when the team competes in the July 18 American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.

The Lime Rock race will be the first competitive appearance for a hybrid racecar.

The Corsa car, the Ginetta-Zytek 09HS hybrid racer, packs both electric and internal combustion power into its slender frame. Mowlem and co-driver Stefan Johansson will pilot the car around the 1.53-mile course through the stunning Connecticut landscape.

"Nothing moves development forward like racing," Mowlem said. "We generated a great deal of information about the car and we've been able to apply it to the car for this race. We've had a long stint between races and that has worked to our advantage."

The car raced with conventional power in the most recent ALMS race but has recently completed the acceptance process to race as a hybrid. The battery pack has proven to perform well.

Let the revolution begin.

Mowlem has shouldered much of the driving portion of the development process, making him the most experienced hybrid racer among the world's elite sports car drivers.

At the heart of the Corsa/Zytek program is the revolutionary KERS (kinetic energy recovery) hybrid power plant, a combination of an ethanol-fueled (E10) internal combustion engine and a three-phase induction electric motor. The normally aspirated 4.5-liter V8 produces an estimated 625 hp. The electric motor is a direct drive Zytek proprietary design powered by an on-board lithium-ion energy storage system with a KERS supplemental regeneration system.

The race airs live on SPEED. Race time is scheduled for 2:05 Eastern Time in the United States.

-credit: johnnymowlem.com

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Series ALMS
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Johnny Mowlem