Red Bull launch the RB6

2010 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. Wow… the nose ridges really stand out. They don’t start flush with the nose; they suddenly emerge and stick out all the way. It also seems to me that they curve downwards as they continue towards the sidepods, but that could just be a trick of the light.

    From the looks of it, the RB6 is a sensible yet radical evolution of the RB5’s design. I reckon this car’s going to be competitive right off the mark… :)

    1. YES. This.

      I’m getting tired of reading “they dun nuffin” comments. That is a highly developed car, with room for further developments.

  2. Red bull were able to have “Total” on the end plates not in their corporate colours, so why couldn’t Renault?

    1. I thought that, although I’m warming to the red with the yellow and black, especially when I remembered Jordan had the exact same red Total sponsorship flashes during some of the years when it had the yellow and black livery.

    2. Yeah, good point. Presumably they pay Renault a lot more for their endplates. Perhaps Total are mainly Red Bull suppliers rather than sponsors?

      But, like Ajokay, I’m starting to like the red on the Renault livery.

  3. orrible. the cars running dorsal fins are an aesthetic disaster. Whatever they do to air running over the spoiler it looks more like a billboard. Should be binned alongside plastic wheel covers.

  4. On first look I canít see anything radically different from the RB5 that finished the season, at least not any changes as big as their main rivals, but then the RB5 was rated as probably the best at the end of last season. I am going to have to wait for the comparison article between the two cars to see what exactly has changed.

    1. Me too.I think we will see most of the changes when they give us the rear view.

      A Red Bull with a shark fin….sounds like a killer!(although I still hate the shark fins)

  5. RB6 – Really Boring!!! To hell yea, BORING design to the absolute…

    1. why bother changing something that works? would you rather it be radically different and slow?

      1. What was that old saying;
        If it ain’t broke…

      2. Yes I would cos then they wont win anythin this year :p

        Nah only joking, it shows how good last years car was if most parts are the same

        1. More than that everyone copied them!
          Surley they’re better at their own design then everyone else.

  6. I see it is a development of last year design. Very high nose. It seems to me that the RB drivers will have feet well higher than all the others.

  7. I was expecting something SPECIAL from Newey….. Now I am vastly disappointed :-( …. Ok, lets see, erhmmmm did that fin join the rear? If yes, then it is McLaren IP :-) and if no, so be it.

    The car looks like a sister to the MP4-25 from the side or are my eyes deceiving men? Well, we shall see in Bahrain …

    1. Red Bull’s centre fin joined with the rear wing last year.

    2. oh look, I dont know why anyone ecpected radical, if Newey had said it was going to be radical it would have been.
      Newey said it was an evolution, thus it is an evolution that we see. f you ask me that car is still one of the most interesting cars on the grid. Look carefully an you will see plenty special Newey tweaks.

  8. Intriguing to find out what caused the 9 days extra development that caused them to miss first test?
    What part did they develop in the last 9 days?

    1. the nose? Prehaps.

      Thats a fairly different interpretation of his own V nose concept.

  9. If you looked at the 2009 RB5, you could see on the back of the engine cover, a circular hole, like a third exhaust I thought it was, can anybody confirm what this waas and if the hole is in the 2010 car.

  10. Yes there is the same hole on the RB6 although oval in shape. I guess it is for venting the gearbox cooling.

  11. I think it looks great… though a bit worried Mark and Seb won’t be able to see where they’re going. ;)

  12. I like the Red Bull livery… but this is their 6th consecutive season with the same design. They are fast becoming the new Toyota of F1 liveries!

    1. LOL! I like that, Flanders! Classically hilariously boring livery.

      1. what would redbull do though.

        i mean im all for them going sugar free but man they’re cars look a far cry from Toyota.

    2. I reckon they should keep sticking to the same livery. It makes them easy to identify and the colours of Red Bull look great on an F1 car.

      Besides, with the Red Bull drink’s logo having stayed the same ever since it was introduced, I don’t think the team has much room to move… you can’t really do anything different with the livery. Except, of course, for variants of the drink, like the awesome Sugar-free one posted in the forum a while back. :)

  13. Oh dear. It’s only managed 47 laps in testing before it broke down…

  14. On is really good picture of the back of the RB6.

  15. Many comments here that it looks much like the RB5. Good reason for that: it is a modified RB5.

    According to Webber’s comments to Sky Sports, the car has some tweaks and smaller changes, and is slightly longer to accomodate the larger fuel tank, other than that there are no drastic or radical changes.

    1. Biggest single differance being a fully intergrated diffuser though. Not saying your one of them but all of them are forgetting how sucsefull the second of these two cars was.

  16. Deja Vu from 2009….. and honestly they might as well hav not shown the car besides the nose and the side we cant see much else…..

  17. poor and chaotic livery :/
    but this is not most important, we’ll see how fast is it :)

  18. They have hi-res studio shots of the RB6 here:
    I can’t wait to see what off-the-wall concept RB6 come up with in the next few weeks to show off the new car.

  19. It has a moustache!!

    I guess people were expecting fireworks from Newey and instead we have what appears to be on the outside a more evolutionary step.

    Nice front wing.

    The rear end looks very tight, tight like a tiger!

  20. everyone has been inspired by RB5 this year, so i’m not surprised if RB itself hasn’t changed so much its livery. it would be interesting to see how they have fitted the DDD.

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