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F1: Red Bull’s Challenger for 2015 Season

The runner-up team of 2014 F1 season has launched its challenger for this season. Now, I will lead you to take a look at the innovative designs of the car.

 

Speaking of the appearance of the car this year, Red Bull is so audacious to put it on a camouflage livery. Although the team principal Christian Horner has not revealed why the team chose this livery, it is believed that the team has done it to avoid “spy photographers”. Well, what features is Red Bull trying to hide from its rivals?

 

The Nose

Take a look at the front of the car, where the camouflage livery starts. Yes, it is the nose that matters. New regulations this year has forbidden the teams to use high ‘anteater’ nose. Instead, lower noses are introduced for safety concerns, which increase aerodynamic losses. How does Red Bull cope with this? As the team who has set the standard for aerodynamic design excellence in the last five or six years in F1, they really made it by having a stubby protuberance sticking out from a wider, flatter section of nose cone, with the bodywork under the protuberance having venturi shape on its side to enhance downforce.

 

Duct

A trend of Red Bull recent years is their employing ducts in the nose to pass air through the chassis and out of the top in front of the driver. Last year the duct was on the underside of the nose, while this year the duct is extended around to the two side edges of the chassis, where it transitions from horizontal to vertical.

 

Blown Front Axle

In F1, aerodynamic engineers focus on creating a powerful vortex of air that starts from the front wing, flows inside the front wheels and then around the side pods and through the back of the car between the bodywork and the rear wheels. The more powerful the vortex, the more downforce the car will have. The difficulty of creating this powerful vortex lies in letting the air pass from the front wing to the wheels, for the wheels create an effective wall and produce ‘dirty air’ that can disrupt the smooth flow of air around the car. Therefore, Red Bull has created blown front axle, which can duct air from the brake ducts on the inside of the wheels, through a hollow axle and out of a hole on the inside of the wheel nut. And if the airflow is powerful enough, the vortex disturbance can be prevented.

 

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