The new Renault-powered Red Bull RB6 was launched Wednesday morning in the pit lane of the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in southern Spain. Here is a photo gallery and the technical specifications of Adrian Newey’s latest Formula 1 car.
“For 2010 the regulation changes have been relatively small and meant any research for the 2009 car was relevant to this season, as a result there was much less of a choice to be made between 2009 and 2010 development,” said Newey.
“We initially concentrated on the challenges of almost doubling the size of the fuel tank from the no refueling regulation and what impact the narrower front tire would have. The 2010 aerodynamic work started around June, looking at the monocoque where there’s been a small regulation change to the V-section chassis we use. The rest of the chassis work was aerodynamic optimisation and accommodating the extra 70-odd kilos of fuel.”
“There’s more to it than simply putting a big fuel tank in the car,” Newey added.
“The bigger fuel tank puts more load on the brakes, so the brake cooling has to cope with that. You also have to consider what effect that extra fuel will have on the tire degradation early in the race and if there’s anything we should change mechanically to cope with that. The narrower front tire changes weight distribution and the balance of the car.”
Red Bull RB6
Red Bull Chassis:
Composite monocoque structure, designed and built in-house, carrying the Renault V8 engine as fully stressed member
Seven-speed gearbox, longitudinally mounted with hydraulic system for power shift and clutch operation.
AP Racing clutch
OZ Racing, Front: 12.0in x 13in diametre, Rear: 13.7in x 13in diametre.
Front: Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, Multimatic dampers
Rear: Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, Multimatic dampers
Brembo calipers, Brembo carbon discs and pads
FIA (MESL) standard control unit
Renault engine RS27-2010
Number of cylinders: 8
Max rpm: 18,000 rpm
Number of valves: 32
V angle: 90 degrees
Power output: Not disclosed
Engine construction: Cylinder block in cast aluminium
Engine management: FIA (MESL) standard control unit TAG310B
Oil: Total Group
Weight: FIA minimum weight of 95kg
Photos: Red Bull