Brought to you by TJ13 Forensics contributer Joao Lamberio
Red Bull were one of the last teams to reveal their 2017 contender, and on unveiling there were few surprises. The retains it’s high rake angle, which squats to the ground sealing the floor and providing greater downforce.
The standout feature is the elliptical orifice protruding from the nose of the car. Red Bull have worked around the regulations in hollowing the thumb nose crash structure to allow air to pass through it, reducing drag.
Moving further down the car, the air box is similar to last years version but now has a single keel below it, most likely to further reduce drag.
In it’s current testing guise, the RB13 appears very minimalist. Red Bull pushed for these rules as it was generally accepted they would favour aero.
The car does not exhibit as much of the detailing as say, the Mercedes W08, but there is a complexity to Red Bull’s rake and how they attain their maximum downforce. With the floor being widened and the surface area increased overall, Red Bull may well be focusing in this area as it provides the biggest dividends for the least drag penalties.
The sidepods are beautifully sculpted, and in true Red Bull tradition are supremely compact and tightened towards the rear of the car. The Renault R.E17 V6 is alleged to be all new, and producing healthy figures.
However the vaunted collaboration with Mario Illien, that Red Bull pushed so hard on Renault, has now ceased.
A penny for Red Bull’s thoughts on this, also as to what Mr Illien may be doing right now [*cough*Building 9*cough*]?
Overall then, the RB13 looks a contender. It is reminiscent of the last few generations of RB and works along the lines of maximum floor and diffuser performance. They will definitely be in the mix from the early showings.