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An academia-industry collaboration between RESPECT – an acronym for Remanufacturing, Sustainable Production, and Enterprise Centre for Technology – and Ultra Impact Technologies (UIT) will see the development of energy efficient technology for automotive applications. This project will kick-off with the development of a cost-effective modular Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that will be installed in an experimental LMP3 hybrid race car.

With a goal of producing energy efficient technology for the mass market, RESPECT will be leading a team of automotive experts from universities and research institutes, with industrial development coming in the form of UIT fronting a team of technical partners including racing gearbox manufacturer Hewland Engineering from the UK and LMP3 chassis manufacturer Onroak Automotive of France.

UIT will be producing an ultra-capacitor based KERS, and the system will be installed in a racecar that may enter the 2017 Asian Le Mans Sprint cup season as a hybrid, but will not be eligible for points or classification. The intent is to show the modular KERS as a technology demonstrator, with the aim of developing a cost-effective product for eventual commercial applications.

This is inline with Malaysia’s goal of becoming a regional hub for energy efficient vehicles, including a push to have 100,000 electric vehicles on local roads by 2020. The collaboration is supported by Agensi Inovasi Malaysia, a statutory body created to seed wealth creation through knowledge, technology and innovation.

Aside from the development of the modular KERS, Azrai Razuan, chief executive officer of UIT, also mentioned that a Euro 6 compliant two-stroke engine was being developed to leverage on energy efficient hybrid technologies, but refused to divulge any further details.