Red Bull RB8, 2012

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

2012 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jz4ouYlCowY

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”

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. There’s also an outlet on top of the side pods. Potentially from the inlet on the nose step?

  3. 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

    1. Possibly. It looks like blank canvas…

    2. I’m not sure how much can change in the steps because of the pre-test homologation.

      Of course, the shown car may not have been the homologated version, as you state.

  4. Wait, is this all? RB8 launched?

    1. seems like financial crisis really got to them! no budget for a fancy launch! not very deserving for last year champions!

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

  6. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

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

  7. 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. :)

    1. 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. :)

      1. Haha, you definitely have sense of humor, @John H :)

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

  9. 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.

    1. @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.

      1. Well said! Always think outside the square!

      2. 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.

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

    1. Depending on how much (Red Bull) coke she’s snorting in, her name can only be Courtney Love.

    2. With a nose like that, it can only be called Vera…

    3. Or Sarah Jessica Parker

    4. @lachie Alaina Prost?

  11. I would have thought red bull could afford some better lighting, not really a reveal more of an advert for the sponsors, no doubt they’ll be out with the blanket again this week in testing, hopefully they will use it to cover the front this year ha ha ha

  12. If anything, that has an even uglier nose than Ferrari… looks like the hood of one of those American muscle cars…

  13. Added a new video with lots more footage of the car.

    1. unfortunately it seems that there aint no footage from the waist down, are they trying to hide the exhaust (I couldnt see it) and the difuser which could have been shielded like in the Mclaren?

  14. Does this even count as a launch?! You can barely see the car. They should have just as well have rolled out the RB7…

  15. hmmm, so its IS your typical hook nose..oh marko

    1. It’s not your typical hook nose if it’s an *openning*. And it raises the very interesting question what Adrian is doing with that air. Check out @ScarbsF1 on twitter.

    1. Good find. As you can see from the first pic – there is no air intake under the stepped nose.

      1. I don’t think it shows at all clearly that it’s not an air intake. For one, if it isn’t an intake, it’s just a dead-end indentation — and even I know enough aerodynamics to tell you that’s not going to make the car faster.

      2. “The Red Bull RB8 has a large nose mounted duct. It is thought to feed air from the hump on the front of the chassis forward through the nose structure and down to the front wing. It is thought that this approach increases front downforce but little is known currently known about it.”

        It is an intake – see pics at http://www.t3.com/news/red-bull-racing-rb8-2012-f1-car-unveiled

        1. Non of which are as clear as the first photo in the link posted by jobson. Also this is T3 which is far from official. In the first photo from jobson’s link there is no slot. You can see the shadow from the antenna go over the blue surface beyond the white border. If they replace it later with a slot then fine but this picture clearly shows there is no slot.

          1. Unless its a very slim slot that the angle of photo hides, in which case oops…

          2. I still think you guys are smoking the curtains. Is Racecar Engineering a more reliable source for you?
            Red Bull’s RB8 immediately caught the eye in the paddock with a large nose mounted duct. It is though to feed air from the hump on the front of the chassis forward through the nose structure and down to the front wing – similar to a system used on the Mercedes W02 in 2011. It is thought that this approach increases front downforce but little is known about it. Sauber is also thought to have a similar design for its new C31, openly admitting that they have ‘a lot of developments in this area’.
            The layout is legal as it is not driver operated so does not constitute a moveable aerodynamic device.
            http://www.racecar-engineering.com/news/return-of-the-f-duct/

          3. Ok, so I’ll just say that the actual slot is not visible in the pictures. Everyone seemed to be making out that it was a massive duct. It needs to be a very slim slot hidden under the lip of the upper surface though.

        2. Supposedly Mclaren also has one inside the sidepods and so must all front runners have but this duct on the hump looks very smart.

  16. Newey likes classic cars, doesn’t he. Perhaps he’s been looking at the old Alfa GT Coupe…

    http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4121/4799607125_fd07d80d9d_z.jpg

    1. It’s clearly more like a RAM-Air intake… ;)

  17. I think it’s for cooling the KERS Batteries, Ferrari have double venting on the engine cover. KERS overy heating was a major problem for RBR last season and cost them race wins.

    1. This makes a lot of sense. can’t see how they could get any airflow from there to the rear wing or diffuser

      1. Unless they simply route it down through the nose and out underneath…

    2. Agree, most likely for KERS cooling which they had a problem with last year.
      Almost certainly NOT a blown front wing, the intake is far too far back

  18. better video @

  19. Is there sound to the video or is my old lap top dying ??

    1. no sound for me either!

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