Posted 11.06.09

Prestigious award to manufacturer that is pioneering next wave of auto technology


The KERS-Zytek Automotive powertrain used in both the American Le Mans Series and Formula One was named the Powertrain Innovation of the Year at the Professional Motorsport World Expo in Cologne, Germany. Corsa Motorsports – based in Sandy, Utah – developed and deployed the powertrain system for the first time in the 2009 American Le Mans Series in conjunction with the Ginetta-Zytek group. The LMP1 prototype race car finished third overall in only its second race at Lime Rock Park in July and fourth in the season finale in Monterey, Calif., at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Stefan Johansson (left) and teammate Johnny Mowlem (right) drove the Corsa GZ 09HS in 2009 with an overall podium finish at Lime Rock

The motor and power electronics were cited for addressing substantial challenges that included designing subsystems that are exceptionally light and can be integrated into a system that does not affect the aerodynamics or handling of the car while withstanding the harsh thermal and mechanical environment of two of the world’s most demanding race series.

Turning the concept of kinetic energy recovery into a race-winning reality was a major breakthrough and Zytek made a vital contribution to this achievement, observed Awards judge and freelance motorsport technology writer Charles Armstrong-Wilson.

Johnny Mowlem and Stefan Johansson piloted the Ginetta-Zytek 09HS in 2009.

John Manchester, Zytek Operations director commented,

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