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22 Dec 2013

Red Bull Racing created a legacy in the sport by achieving 4 consecutive constructors titles in 2013, equaling McLaren and leaving the door firmly open to beat Ferrari's record of 6.  Meanwhile their German starlet Sebastian Vettel also claiming his 4th consecutive title, accrued enough points in 2013 to take the constructors title on his own, affirming his and the teams superiority.

For 2014 a new challenge awaits Vettel and his new compatriot Daniel Ricciardo, who joins the team from Toro Rosso just as Vettel did at the turn of the last regulation change. 

A smaller capacity (V6, 1600cc) engine, return to turbos and the prominence of more electrical energy to power the car (appromimately160bhp for 33.33 seconds per lap), means we refer to them as power units from here in.  Torque delivery will make the car's more difficult to drive but it's a technical challenge that's not insurmountable, especially for a team with great connections to both Infiniti and it's partners.  Red Bull's technological approach will undoubtedly pay dividends at the inception of the new rules, I look forward to dissecting the changes they've made not only to the power unit but the aerodynamics too.


  1. This blog post is for a competition with Red Bull Racing's partner Infiniti -

    The requirements were to write a blog post in 200 words or less summarizing the team/drivers achievements so far along with the challenge faced by 2014.

    I included an illustration of what I think the RB10 could look like, based on the evolution since the RB5 and the prevailing regulation changes.

    The prize is a VIP style visit to the first test in Jerez and so would give me a fantastic opportunity to see the RB10 up close.

    1. I hope you win.

    2. Why is there a coanda ramp on the illustration of the sidepod. Wouldn't it be more logical for Redbull to return to its successful clean streamlined sidepod from 2009/10/11 which will allow for more air to get to the top of the diffuser.

    3. I applied the cross under tunnel as its sort of a Red Bull signature now. The principle of isolating the airflow around the side of Sidepod is still relevant in 2014, even though the location of the exit would need to be changed.
      Lest we forget that the successful version of the tunnel was actually the 3rd iteration and still continued to be tuned for the necessary effect. The original tunnel for example exited right into the lower section of the downwash ramp... Whilst on the topic I consider the Red Bull/Lotus/Sauber ramp to be more effective as it isolated that downwash and helped the exhaust plume to be less influenced by throttle position peaks and troughs by virtue of using the bodywork for attachment and smoothing of the airflow.

  2. If there's anyone who deserves to win such a thing, it's you. Good luck!


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