Red Bull RB5 officially revealed

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Red Bull RB5 - 2009 F1 car

Red Bull RB5 - 2009 F1 car

The Red Bull RB5 broke cover today – it’s the seventh 2009 F1 car to be revealed.

See below for more pictures of the Adrian Newey-designed RB5.

We got a sneak peek of the RB5 last week when Red Bull issued a promotional video which also explains the key technical changes for 2009.

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72 comments on Red Bull RB5 officially revealed

  1. Has anyone else noticed the little pod under the belly of the car just ahead of the splitter? Looks like it might be purely for ballast!

  2. mattclinch said on 9th February 2009, 10:43

    non-independant rear suspension? an exhaust that exits immediatley under the rear wishbone? base of the rear wing attached to the diffuser?

    newey never disappoints!……

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th February 2009, 10:55

    The press kit is being uploaded to the drop.io as I write this…

  4. Scott Joslin said on 9th February 2009, 11:02

    Ben apparently on F1 Technical forums, some people think that pod is a lazer ride hight sensor and apparently Ferrari used one a couple of years ago but we could not see it for all the bardge boards.

    That rear suspension is very interesting though!

  5. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th February 2009, 11:06

    Autosport’s tech analysis has some interesting points.

  6. Yorricksfriend said on 9th February 2009, 11:12

    The rear wing sideplates, I can’t remember the proper term for them, they seem to go down further than on any of the other 09 cars

  7. liquidmetal99 said on 9th February 2009, 11:30

    looks pretty neat! theyve always had the better aesthetic sense out of the lot :)

  8. Stealthman said on 9th February 2009, 12:02

    Looks pretty good. I’d say it looks more “lean” than the other cars which does a lot for the aesthetics.

  9. Damon said on 9th February 2009, 12:06

    I was hoping for at least one car having a low nose this year :(

  10. Isn’t the nose really narrow – you wouldn’t think there was any strength there!
    These studio pics make it look like a model kit – stick a large whip aerial on it and its an R/C car :-)

    • John H said on 9th February 2009, 13:28

      Indeed. I can’t understand the trade off for having such slender members – ok the wind tunnel tests give optimal speed, but in a race, these are just going to break after even the slightest of nudges.

      Perhaps 0.01secs a lap, but I think the balance is going to cost them.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th February 2009, 14:07

      Yeah especially if you compare it to the Renault’s.

      slender members

      Wow. I really hope that phrase doesn’t catch on.

    • Yorricksfriend said on 9th February 2009, 15:52

      HAHA well now that you’ve said that Keith there’s a possibility it might

    • slender members – the drivers surely?

  11. ajokay said on 9th February 2009, 12:34

    This car is beautiful, easily the best looking of the year. And I can’t see the Force India beating it.

  12. Beautiful car; but as always, other teams will start stealing ideas from RB5.

  13. Arthur954 said on 9th February 2009, 13:29

    I wish they would ban those aero wheel covers, so that the wheels could be painted in any colour

  14. Graham said on 9th February 2009, 13:33

    Great looking car, still think the mclaren has the edge on it though in the looks department. Just hope the RB car is fast and reliable straight out of box, will be nice to see them mixing it with mclaren and ferrari.

  15. John H said on 9th February 2009, 13:34

    nice vent ‘zip’ around the base of the side pods! Is this legal?

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