04/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Formula One Racing Adopting Prius Technology

As often as not, the flow of new automotive ideas is the other way round, from road to track. In fact, the biggest innovation being introduced to F1 racing this year comes from the lowly Toyota Prius and its hybrid forebears.

The technology in question is KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) for capturing and storing the car's braking energy instead of wasting it as heat. The idea is that racing drivers will then be able to use the stored energy to deliver quick bursts of speed for overtaking--and thereby make the sport more entertaining.

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