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

Images (C) F1Fanatic.co.uk

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115 comments on Red Bull launch the RB6

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

  2. Ned Flanders said on 10th February 2010, 11:10

    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!

    • Dingle Dell said on 10th February 2010, 11:38

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

      • Scribe said on 10th February 2010, 13:29

        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.

    • Stealthman said on 10th February 2010, 13:33

      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. :)

  3. Woffin said on 10th February 2010, 11:25

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

  4. On autosport.com is really good picture of the back of the RB6.

  5. 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.

  6. A-Safieldin said on 10th February 2010, 12:26

    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…..

  7. statix said on 10th February 2010, 12:59

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

  8. 3 Wheels said on 10th February 2010, 13:22

    They have hi-res studio shots of the RB6 here: http://www.vivaf1.com/blog/?p=2361
    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.

  9. 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!

  10. matt88 said on 10th February 2010, 13:35

    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.

  11. Hallard said on 10th February 2010, 14:48

    Is it just me, or is it very difficult to spot the differences between this and last year’s car? Seems like different wing supports, slightly more rounded sidepods, and slightly different barge boards, but thats all I can see. That said, I cant blame them for not changing it much. It has a very form-follows-function sense of purpose and beauty. Well done Newey.

  12. wasiF1 said on 10th February 2010, 15:04

    Last year they finished having the fastest car on track,hope they have a good start.Expecting a dry track tomorrow hope we will find out some true pace of the RB6.

  13. Would be interesting to see some comparison photos of the RB6 and the STR5 — both based on the RB5, but one by Adrian Newey and one, erm, not…

  14. Icthyes said on 10th February 2010, 18:12

    Looks pretty good, but I expected a surprise or two. Maybe we’ll see some come Bahrain.

  15. BOOTEYMAN said on 10th February 2010, 18:25

    shark fin like many other cars this season.

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