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30 Seconds To Know: Explaining F1’s KERS and ERS systems (VIDEO)

Jun 16, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

As part of Formula One’s technical revolution this season, the former Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS, essentially got an upgrade and became the new Energy Recovery Systems, or ERS.

For those of you that are new to F1, the ERS is made up of two separate systems known as the MGU-K (Motor Generating Unit, Kinetic) and MGU-H (Motor Generating Unit, Heat) as well as an Energy Store and electronics.

But as F1 on NBC Sports’ own Steve Matchett explains in the above Xerox 30 Seconds To Know clip, the purpose of both the old and new systems are ultimately the same.

F1 returns to action this coming Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with the Austrian Grand Prix from Red Bull Ring.

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