Analysis: Red Bull’s Hot T-Tray in Korea

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With the FOM world TV feed now using on-board Infrared (IR) cameras, it’s been interesting to see how the tyres temperature changes around the lap. But in Korea we were treated to a rear facing IR camera on Mark Webber’s car that showed the front of the T-Tray splitter warming up and staying hot around the lap. This image helps to highlight both the cars set up and the construction of the car around the front of the T-Tray. Many fans jumped to the conclusion it’s the plank itself running hot under the car, but it is in fact the titanium skid blocks conducting heat through to the floor mount.

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In Detail: Silverstone 2013 Pit Lane Walkabout

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During the midday pit lane walkabout on Friday at the 2013 British GP, a lot of technical detail can be seen.  Even through the team try to hide as much as they are allowed.  The top teams put their front … Continue reading

Analysis: Red Bull Front Wing Adjuster

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As F1 teams develop front wings with ever greater emphasis placed on the load created towards the outboard end of the flaps, the airflow over the outer 30cm of wing is becoming ever more critical. With designers wanting to keep this area clear of unwanted obstructions, the need to package a means to adjust the front flap angle becomes more difficult. Red bull as ever have had a good look at the issue and come up with the semi floating adjuster that keeps the wings surface almost interrupted.

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Analysis: Raised Rear Wishbones

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For many years the shape and position of the cars suspension elements have been an important factor in the cars aerodynamics. For 2013, almost every team have taken the same approach pioneered by Red Bull in 2012, by raising the rear lower wishbone. In doing this the teams have also oversized the wishbone’s cross section to enclose the driveshaft. It transpires that there are two gains from this practice, primarily improving flow over the diffuser and secondarily reducing the aerodynamic effect of the spinning driveshaft.

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Red Bull RB9: Ducted Nose Slots

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Following on from the under nose slot of two years ago and the letterbox slot of last year, this years Red bull continues to explore aero solutions around the nose box.  However with revised nose rules this year, it’s an idea from Sauber that found its way onto Newey’s drawing board.  Now letterbox opening faces backwards and is joined to the slot below the nose with a duct, to overcome aerodynamics issues presented by the nose box.

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