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Red Bull RB8 for the 2012 season: Vettel's new company car

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Red Bull RB8 for the 2012 season
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R ed Bull acts mysteriously. So far there is only one short film and two animated photos of the new car. Only a few details can be seen on it. We tried to wrest the first secrets from the Red Bull RB8.

Red Bull covers more than just presents

Brave new internet world. The presentation of the new Red Bull RB8 online is a bad joke. There are two animated photos and a marketing film in which the car drowns in the dark headlights and you can only see the interesting details in fractions of a second. You can see that you can't see anything. Presentations with a plastic exhaust (McLaren) or enlarged side pods (LotusF1) are always better.

What you can see is that the new Red Bull RB8 is based heavily on its predecessor. Why reinvent the best car in the field? Technical manager Adrian Newey had the hardest job in the paddock. He was faced with the question: How can you improve an almost perfect racing car? A car that has been deprived of one of its most powerful weapons with the blown diffuser.

Nevertheless, the ingenious head in Formula 1 always comes up with something new. The nose has the shape of a vulture in profile and curves slightly downwards at the tip. Yes, the Red Bull also has this ugly level in its program. But different from the competition. Newey forms a recess in the top of the chassis and thus forms a web on the edges. It looks like a small wing connects the two webs and thus the air in the gap below is accelerated.

The front suspension remains true to the pressure strut principle. So the new Ferrari F2012 is still the only car with front tension struts. The cooling inlet looks relatively large compared to the McLaren mailbox slots and Ferrari's triangular inlets. One can assume that Newey and his colleagues have thought something. Since the new Lotus E20 also has larger cooling inlets than the other cars, it is likely that the Renault V8 needs more cooling than other engines.

We remember that the Renault engineers fought most of all against the restrictions on late ignition and post injection. Always with the argument that these settings would extend the life of the engines. Maybe it wasnot just politics, but pure necessity. If Renault is really worried about stability, that could mean that you want to stay on the safe side with the cooling.

What is noticeable about the side pods on the Red Bull RB8 is that they are pulled in even earlier and even more than on the predecessor. This creates maximum space to the left and right of the fairing to blow the air cleanly onto the lower rear wing element. And to blow high-energy air there. What is meant is the exhaust.

Based on the sparse documents, it is difficult to see where the exhaust will come out and blow into it. The fairing makes a dent just in front of the upper front wishbone of the rear suspension. If the exhaust escapes there, Red Bull could have a plan to use the wishbone to divert the exhaust gases down towards the diffuser. To do this, said wishbone would then have to be made of steel or coated with a heat-resistant material. At the rear, Red Bull of course stays with the tried and tested pull rod technology. Newey was the first to dig it out with his RB5 from 2009.

We are now waiting for better photos and for the first appearance of the new Red Bull in reality. Mark Webber will show the car in public for the first time on Tuesday. We can be curious to see what barrier measures Red Bull will come up with to keep the competition from curious glances at the RB8. We will contact you as soon as we know more about the car.

On Tuesday, 02/07/2012, we will report in the Live-Ticker exclusively from the test drives of the racing teams in Jerez.


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