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by George Skentzos

In a bid to make Formula One a greener motorsport, some teams have been trialling a new experimental technology known as the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS).

This system stores electricity generated from braking allowing maximum boost power of up to 60kW – effectively creating a hybrid F1 – which officials plan to utilise as part of overtaking maneuvers.

As a result, one member of the BMW Sauber F1 team literally received quite a shock when he came in contact with the KERS-equipped F1.07C after a test run.

The static build-up of electricity knocked him off his feet as he touched the car being driven by the team’s test driver Christian Klien – who was of course insulated by the massive rubber tyres around him.

A similar incident occurred a week earlier at the Red Bull Racing garage where a KERS battery malfunction caused a fire scare.