Red Bull launch the RB6

2010 F1 season

Red Bull launches their RB6 at Jerez this morning

Red Bull launches their RB6 at Jerez this morning

Red Bull have revealed their 2010 F1 car, the RB6.

Here are the first pictures of the new car.

Red Bull have taken a gamble by missing the first test of 2010 to work on the design of their RB6. Designer Adrian Newey expalined the changes on the new car:

The RB6 is very much an evolution of the 2009 car. We tried to refine and evolve it rather than go to new concepts.

As a result, the car looks similar with elements such as the chassis and pull-rod rear suspension retained. The two main challenges were the larger fuel tank and the smaller front tyre. With the fuel tank, there was more to it than simply putting a bigger tank in the car – it puts more load on the brakes, so the brake cooling has to cope with that and you also have to consider what effect that extra fuel will have on the tyre degradation early in the race and if there’s anything we should change mechanically to cope with that.

The narrower front tyre changes weight distribution and the balance of the car. I think it’s a sensible evolution of the 2009 car. One obvious difference is that the 2009 car was not designed to suit a double-diffuser and we had to try to put one on as best we could around the existing rear suspension and gear box. With this car we’ve been able to design that part of the car from scratch.
Adrian Newey

Red Bull RB6 launch pictures

See here for pictures of the RB6 on-track: F1 testing pictures: 10th February

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115 comments on Red Bull launch the RB6

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  1. STRFerrari4Ever said on 10th February 2010, 7:57

    Mmm definetly looks good seems like they’ve kept the pullrod suspension but more pics later on will tell us the full story.
    Also it’s great to see they’ve got some more sponsors on their car good on them!

    Thank you Keith for getting this before anyone else!

    • They have kept the pullrod arrangement – it’s visible in at least two of the photos.

      • LewisC said on 10th February 2010, 9:00

        That’s interesting – BBC are saying the pullrod system has been dropped.

        Looks just like the RB5 to me though – looking forward to the comparison images.

        • F1technical.net is describing the RB6 as retaining the pullrod system – http://www.f1technical.net/news/14157.

        • damonsmedley said on 10th February 2010, 10:01

          Hmmmmm… Are the raised sides of the cockpit no longer a requirement?

          • Praveen Titus said on 10th February 2010, 15:38

            That’s an important question. Either the cockpit sides aren’t raised enough or the cockpit has actually become smaller, since drivers’ helmets look to be jutting out of the cckpit substantially more than last year. That can’t happen unless all the drivers have grown taller! Did the need for a larger or longer fuel tank cause the cockpit size to be reduced?

        • 3 Wheels said on 10th February 2010, 11:47

          Adrian Newey is saying that they’ve retained the pull rod suspension and I think he should know.

        • MigueLP said on 10th February 2010, 20:53

          its the same car an evolution like the STR this year the str had to design on their own but it doesnt seems the case

  2. Deurmat said on 10th February 2010, 7:57

    mercedes nose? mclaren fin?

  3. At last we get to see it. Can’t wait for a few more pictures.

    Webber testing today and tomorrow.

  4. It’s certainly a Red Bull nose and fin (they created the first shark fin, and the first shark fin that attached to the rear wing). Very much evolutionary, as you’d expect from the car that won the last 3 GPs last year.

  5. well it would be a bit ironic after all the fuss over noses over the last couple of weeks, if they didn’t have a ”nose”redbull

  6. filomena said on 10th February 2010, 8:05

    Man that looks so cool! Hope it goes as good as it looks!

  7. razer13 said on 10th February 2010, 8:06

    It looks a lot like a carbon copy of last year’s car, the RB5, just adapted to 2010 standards. But then again it shouldn’t because the aero design of the RB5 (except for the DDD) really set the standard for the aero of the cars post new rule regulations. With less mistakes, and the Renault expecting to be strong on mileage and reliability, Vettel’s got a shot at the title.

  8. it seems those nose bumps have been exaggerated a tad more and the front wing looks a bit more sophisticated. hope it delivers even better results than last year. GO WEBBER!!!

  9. Calum said on 10th February 2010, 8:10

    Haha, love it. Can anybody tell me, if vettel wins this season, is he a younger drivers champion than Lewis? I’d quite happily see red bull win the constructors this year, they have invested loads into f1 and are starting to really come on. Good on them I say. I can’t wait for Keith comparisons on this car.

    • the thing with the comparisons to last year’s car, it’s way different from the 2009 launch version, more similar to the round 1 one and almost identical to the one that appeared in abu dhabi…

    • Yes he would be the youngest.

  10. Jonesracing82 said on 10th February 2010, 8:17

    even with the other cars, they have covered the diffusers with a cover with “no photographers please” on it! class…..

    • Scribe said on 10th February 2010, 11:17

      McLaren did the exact same thing, probably because it could be contrued as controversial.

      Ferrari didn’t allow many photos but the car span an the diffuser wasn’t covered.

      Just strikingly simple. You get the feeling this new, “diffuser war” is going to begin with Ferrari going to the stewards in Bahrain.

    • Brad D said on 10th February 2010, 20:51

      I think the teams should get creative with the diffuser covers on write things on them like “Hire a better engineer” or “Quit taking pictures of my ass.” You know, just for kicks. That would be classy…

  11. Kutigz said on 10th February 2010, 8:21

    Guys, i always wonder what’s it with Vettel and his head-warmer (winter cap)!! It just gives him a look of a demolition derby racer rather than an inspiring F1 racer of which he’s every inch of!!
    I say the look is really dull!!
    What say you?!

    • ajokay said on 10th February 2010, 8:31

      It’s called a beanie, and it’s far better than wearing an identikit basecall cap like all the rest do. I’ve noticed a few of the Red Bull drivers wearing them, as well as the Virgin guys at their shakedown last week.

      Also, it makes far more sense to wear a beanie in the winter than a baseball cap.

      • Kutigz said on 10th February 2010, 8:45

        Ok Ajokay..u win!
        But i still feel he’ll look a whole lot better without them though.
        :-)

      • Megatetsu said on 10th February 2010, 9:04

        Baseball caps are hideous in my opinion, I wish they didn’t have to wear them. Vettel’s beanie looks nicer.

      • Patrickl said on 10th February 2010, 13:57

        You might not have noticed, but the choice was “condom hat” or “no condom hat”. There are no people wearing baseball caps in the pictures …

  12. ajokay said on 10th February 2010, 8:23

    Aside from what seems like a more metallic blue paint, it looks very similar to what finished at Abu Dhabi. Which makes sense, I guess.

    • Scribe said on 10th February 2010, 11:26

      The thing is we’re not seing the magic. Which’ll be the diffuser. Regardless that’s a highly developed car, New front wing, new V interpretation, more cut away on the side pods. Fully intergrated diffuser pull rod combanation. Don’t know if they’ve been able to do as Renault an keep a shortish wheel base but if you look carefully, there’s quite a bit different on that car.

  13. JHunt123 said on 10th February 2010, 8:24

    Yet another car that tries to imitate the Red Bull nose, a Red Bull fin …. oh wait, it is actually a Red Bull…

  14. John H said on 10th February 2010, 8:28

    The best front brake ducts so far!

    I still don’t get why the cover the diffuser – they are testing the car later on today, is that few hours really going to make a difference?… I presume it’s just because they can and others have done as Jones82 mentions above.

    • Scribe said on 10th February 2010, 11:27

      Becasue no moving photo is ever going to be as good as a fully focused, light prepared sitting photo of your diffuser.

  15. It looks pretty clean from the design perspective, look at the slope from the highest point in the nose (the ‘V’) till the rear diffuser… awesome. Looks fast, and it is very likely that it’ll be so! Nice, design from Newey… but, still I hate these shark-fins

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