Automotive

Red Bull unveils 2012 Formula One car

Red Bull Racing's Renault-powered RB8
Red Bull Racing's Renault-powered RB8
View 34 Images
1/34
2/34
3/34
4/34
5/34
6/34
World Champ Vettel with F1's most successful designer, Adrian Newey OBE
7/34
World Champ Vettel with F1's most successful designer, Adrian Newey OBE
8/34
9/34
10/34
11/34
12/34
13/34
Red Bull RB8
14/34
Red Bull RB8
Webber and Vettel on the podium
15/34
Webber and Vettel on the podium
16/34
17/34
18/34
19/34
20/34
Red Bull's Milton Keynes-based facility
21/34
Red Bull's Milton Keynes-based facility
22/34
23/34
The all important wind tunnel
24/34
The all important wind tunnel
The Red Bull simulator
25/34
The Red Bull simulator
Team boss Christian Horner with the prestigious Constructors trophy 2011
26/34
Team boss Christian Horner with the prestigious Constructors trophy 2011
27/34
Currently F1's most successful designer, Adrian Newey, OBE
28/34
Currently F1's most successful designer, Adrian Newey, OBE
Red Bull RB8
29/34
Red Bull RB8
Red Bull RB8
30/34
Red Bull RB8
Red Bull RB8
31/34
Red Bull RB8
Red Bull Drivers Webber (car 2), Vettel (car 1) and Buemi (test and reserve driver)
32/34
Red Bull Drivers Webber (car 2), Vettel (car 1) and Buemi (test and reserve driver)
Red Bull Racing's Renault-powered RB8
33/34
Red Bull Racing's Renault-powered RB8
Red Bull Racing's Renault-powered RB8
34/34
Red Bull Racing's Renault-powered RB8

Current world F1 champion Red Bull Racing has unveiled the car with which it will defend the title in 2012 - the Renault-powered RB8. With No. 1 driver Sebastian Vettel looking for a hat-trick this year, Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey OBE is taking no chances with the design, which traces it roots back to the RB5 of 2009.

Evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the car still needed to comply with the revised rules for this year, hence the new nose configuration and rear end treatment. While much has been made of the team's exhaust-blown diffuser, new rules on exhaust positioning has eliminated this advantage, something that Newey - never a big fan of restrictions - readily concedes. The rule changes also impact the ability to run the relatively high rear ride height of the previous car, forcing much thought to go into the aerodynamics around the rear end of the RB8.

On the nose - literally - new rule changes have forced all the 2012 season cars, with the possible exception of the McLaren, into adopting a less-than-pretty front end treatment.

Currently F1's most successful designer, Adrian Newey, OBE
Currently F1's most successful designer, Adrian Newey, OBE

Red Bull RB08 specifications

  • Chassis: Composite monocoque structure, designed and built in-house, carrying the Renault V8 engine as fully stressed member
  • Transmission: Seen-speed gearbox, longitudinally mounted with hydraulic system for power shift and clutch operation. AP racing clutch
  • Wheels: Oz Racing, front: 12.0in x 13in diam., rear: 13.7in x 13in diam.
  • Tyres: Pirelli
  • Suspension: Front: aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, Multimatic dampers
  • Rear: aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, Multimatic dampers
  • Brakes: Brembo calipers, Brembo carbon discs and pads
  • Fuel: Total group
  • Renault engine RS27 - 2012
  • Number of Cylinders: 8
  • Capacity: 2400CC
  • Max rpm: 18,000rpm
  • Number of valves: 32
  • Vee angle: 90 degrees
  • Engine construction: Cylinder block in cast aluminum
  • Oil: Total group
  • Weight: FIA minimum weight of 95kg
1 comment
Gargamoth
I love the look of F1 cars, I would love to own a street leagal two seater!