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Red Bull RB8 – new sidepod panels before Melbourne


New on the left , old on the right
The new panels were first tested in Barcelona test on March

    New sidepod panels have also been placed on the car before Melbourne. Old panel had a wing-alike joint that connected the middle of the panel to the chassis .The new one  has a top extension that bents vertically inwards to  meet the sidepod roof, resembling  more to a ‘biting jaws’ style connection , which  is less draggy, leaving more room for air to pass through the panel and the car body guaranteeing a richer flow to the rear .

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  1. Breezy
    April 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm | #1

    I assume this change was to reduce the tip vortex at the top of the panel. Other than the top the arrangement looks the same size and position to me. Can you tell?

  2. April 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm | #2

    Of course the old panel should generate a stronger but single trailing vortex. However the new panel, which has identical vertical body to the old , generates not a single but double streamwise speed cores . In high velocities under certain circumstances the two vortices might come to a collision with unpredicted draggy results . I believe that the removal of the air blocking joint was more crucial and triggered the change . An elongation of the lateral sidepod element to the cockpit, ala Sauber style, is likely to happen in future to increase the overall benefit gained by the change.

    • Breezy
      April 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm | #3

      “I believe that the removal of the air blocking joint was more crucial and triggered the change”

      Yes, good thinking, I had not considered that.

  3. April 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm | #4

    You should take into account that the new panels came together with the new wider sidepods and exhaust outlets .So Bed Bull needed the new panels to enrich the airflow to the rear ,

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