HRT has strangthened its technical collaboration with Williams

The HRT F1 team has announced that it will use a KERS unit for the first time next season.

The devices will be supplied by the Williams team, with the two teams extending their technical collaboration. The original tie-up – announced late last year – was for Williams to supply its gearboxes to the Spanish-owned outfit.

“Williams F1 will also supply the team with KERS and its related technology for the first time,” a statement from HRT reads.

The team also confirmed that its design of next year’s car, the F112, is underway at the team’s design centre in Munich.

The team has also confirmed that Jacky Eeckelaert has been promoted to the role of technical director in the wake of Geoff Willis’ departure to Mercedes GP, but HRT will actually use Mercedes GP’s second wind-tunnel to assist in the scale-model designs of the F112.

“We are working on thoroughly improving the performance of our cars and our target is still to finish in the top ten in 2012,” added team boss Colin Kolles. “This [KERS] deal brings us one step closer to that objective.”

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