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SKF supplies bearings to Zytek’s hybrid-electric race car

2009 November 12, 09:08 CET

SKF has been chosen by Zytek Engineering to supply customized and standard deep groove ball bearings to the electric motor generator unit and the intermediate shaft of the new Ginetta-Zytek GZ09HS racing car.
The car, manufactured by Zytek Engineering and managed by Corsa Motorsport, is the first racing car to feature an advanced alternative-fuelled hybrid propulsion system. It has the ability to run on either one or both of two propulsion systems – a normally aspirated V8 (petrol) engine and a 35kw electric motor, powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery, which can be recharged using a kinetic energy recovery system. This hybrid propulsion system is unique in racing today.
GZ09HS has received a final homologation from FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), and has been closely inspected by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) who describes it as a very sophisticated car.

A remarkable achievement for the new GZ09HS took place earlier this year in Lakeville, Connecticut, USA, when it conquered the first ever podium position for such a hybrid car at an American Le Mans Series race.

Zytek is a British engineering company with a substantial automotive engineering experience, capable of providing major vehicle manufacturers with advanced power train and chassis control systems. The company has lately been involved in the design, development and manufacturing of innovative hybrid and electric drive trains.

SKF continues to provide engineering services to Zytek and the two companies are now ready to work on the development of the next generation of electric motors, which represents a novel energy efficient power source in the field of motor sport.

Göteborg, 12 November 2009

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For further information, please contact:
PRESS: Ingalill Östman, SKF Group Communication, tel: +46 31-337 3260, mobile: +46 706-973260, e-mail:

TECHNICAL PRESS: Colin Roberts, SKF R&D Co. B.V., tel +31 30 6075608, mobile: +31 653 944 111, e-mail:

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