Red Bull RB8 launch – first pictures and video of Red Bull’s 2012 F1 car

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The Red Bull RB8, the car the team aim to defend their championship titles with, was revealed today in Jerez.

Its predecessors the RB7 and RB6 won two constructors’ championships and took Sebastian Vettel to a pair of drivers’ titles. Red Bull will be hoping the RB8 can make it three in a row.

There is little change at the team which has been the dominant force in F1 for the last two-and-a-half years. Vettel and Mark Webber form the driving line-up, and Adrian Newey remains at the head of the technical team.

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205 comments on Red Bull RB8 launch – first pictures and video of Red Bull’s 2012 F1 car

  1. Toro Loco (@toro-loco) said on 6th February 2012, 13:22

    As always Newey has pushed the boundaries and has found an alternative way to make use of the step nose. Very interesting!

  2. bag0 (@bag0) said on 6th February 2012, 13:24

    On that inlet/duct/anything at the step of the nose:

    Thats just a new hole that Newey created.

    I cant belive it really, every so called innovation of Newey is a new hole in a car. A yesterday hole in the floor, now a hole in the nose. Last year at Abu Dhabi they raced another Newey design on Vettels car: a hole in the tyre.

    Apart from that I couldn’t see mutch, just flashy lights:D

  3. Kjuna said on 6th February 2012, 13:25

    Reatarded heartbeat…

  4. Lotus49 (@lotus49) said on 6th February 2012, 13:26

    Are these car makers ashamed of their products?
    Why are they filmed in the dark?
    Will they only race with the lights off.
    Did anyone else notice that the launch of the world champions car was not on ‘Sky Sports News?

  5. shona said on 6th February 2012, 13:27

    hard to tell from the video but I quite like it, definately the nicest out of the step noses

  6. Maican Ionut (@ionutf1fanatic) said on 6th February 2012, 13:28

    Wow it looks great.I think they have again a very good car and with Vettel there will be very hard to beat.But first of all let’s see how they’ll do on testing sessions.

  7. Wanon (@wanon) said on 6th February 2012, 13:30

    Oh my, that is one tiny rear end! Tiny side pods too, that intake in the nose step an intake too? That’s a good way to make the side pods smaller if you can package it well enough.

  8. I wouldn’t be surprise if the ferrari shows a similar solution when they will begin testing. their step nose looks very basic and wooden. the nose cone shown could have been just a dummy

  9. Eggry (@eggry) said on 6th February 2012, 13:45

    Wait, is this all? RB8 launched?

  10. nemo87 (@nemo87) said on 6th February 2012, 13:46

    looks interesting.. startingto question mclarens ideas now, hoping theyve been really clever.. still we’ve only seen a ‘plastic’ mclaren so far…….

  11. Jake (@jakehardyf1) said on 6th February 2012, 13:46

    I think Newey designed the nose-step to direct the high velocity air up and over the driver’s head, into the air intake and any remaining air into the rear wing (if not turbulent by that point). It also looks as if it can provide a few extra newtons of downforce to the front end as well. Remember, the RedBull team has the best fluid-dynamicists in F1. Every inch of the car is made the way it is for a good reason.

    • John H (@john-h) said on 6th February 2012, 13:52

      I thought that too. Probably pushes air over the helmet. Would be interesting for the driver as they will feel less resistance than they’re used to.

    • Boomerang said on 6th February 2012, 14:53

      I’d echo on that mate, every bits of the car is there with a good reason. However, development is consisted of three steps. It works in aviation industry and it applies to f1 as well. First CFD than wind tunnel which is followed by testing in real conditions. The third is the most important. CFD gives you approximate results, wind tunnel as well but testing…, testing is a real thing.
      We won’t wait long, ’till tomorrow. Than, we’ll know.

    • vjanik said on 6th February 2012, 15:07

      the nose-step itself has an air intake. thats the most interesting thing about it.

  12. Jake (@jakehardyf1) said on 6th February 2012, 13:47

    I think Newey designed the nose-step to direct the high velocity air up and over the driver’s head, into the air intake and any remaining air into the rear wing (if not turbulent by that point). It also looks as if it can provide a few extra newtons of downforce to the front end as well. Remember, the RedBull team has the best fluid-dynamicists in F1. Every inch of the car is made the way it is for a good reason. :)

  13. McLarenFanJamm (@mclarenfanjamm) said on 6th February 2012, 13:48

    Well, RBR have taken the ugliest step nose award from Ferrari imo.

  14. It’s clearly an intake, which is allowed by the rules for “driver venilation.” But you can bet that’s not the only benefit Newey is going to get out of it.

    By the way, the teaser video dissolves the mystery of how they were going to launch the car at Milton Keyes Monday afternoon and test with it Tuesday morning in Jerez.

    • Mads (@mads) said on 6th February 2012, 13:54

      @wdf2
      Abosolutely.
      Normally the airintake for the driver is a very small pinhole in the front. That long hole in definitely way too big if it were only used to cool the driver.
      I don’t remember how Mercedes proposal for the front wing F-duct worked, but it could be something like that.
      Or simply just a way to redirect attention from some other genius piece that they will hide under the bodywork or simply wait to put on the car until we hit the first race of the season.
      Or just to keep the other teams busy working out that that intake does.
      Who knows, but it is definitely interesting.

      • Jake (@jakehardyf1) said on 6th February 2012, 13:57

        Well said! Always think outside the square!

      • MahavirShah (@mahavirshah) said on 6th February 2012, 15:59

        I was thinking along the same lines, that it might be a part of the front wing f-duct which is supposed to direct air through the front wing supports and into the wing itself, which was the way proposed by either Mclaren or Ferrari. The second use could be to direct air under the car feeding the airflow on the underside.

  15. Lachie (@lachie) said on 6th February 2012, 13:50

    Can we take bets on Vettel’s chassis name? I’m guessing Nosey Nellie.

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