Formula One team Force India has said it will be using KERS on their race cars in the 2011 season. Last year, every team in Formula One had the option of utlizing KERS technology (Kinetic Energy Recovery Sysytem) in their race cars. Some teams had opted for incorporating the technology while others had opted out as using it would increase the overall weight of the car. In 2011 the number of F1 cars using KERS is likely to increase as new rules have increased the maximum permissable weight of the race car by 20kgs. Additionally, all F1 cars will need to have a mandatory 46:54 weight distribution ratio. This ratio will negate the weight related impact of the KERS on the race car.
The CEO of Force India, Otmar Szafnauer, was quoted by Auto Monitor und Sport as “There is no other option than to go with KERS”. Auto Monitor und Sport also stated in the report that there is no clarity on whether Sauber and Torro Rosso will utilize Kers in 2011. It also said the three new teams probaly wont use the technology for the neaxt season.