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Red Bull RB7 analysis –defending the titles


As  Newey said the RB7 is an evolution of the RB6 and therefore many details on the new car are refined and some others are changed to comply by the 2011 regulations . The past RB6 was a champion , could the RB7 defend the titles and prove again to be the fastest car in the grid ?



Nose – front zone

The nose is a bit higher than before , a fact that can be noticed by the less deep U shaped upper section . The nose camera winglets may be located to the nose tip giving the car a “hammerhead shark”  look but are expected to be relocated behind the front wing main section like RB6 .



Underneath the nose a pair of vanes with a similar shape to the ones of RB6 guarantee a better undernose airflow quality . The nose pillars are inclined also forward to push the front wing a little bit away from the nose to allow a cleaner airflow impact on the wing flaps .



Front wing


Not paradoxically the RB7 front wing derives from the RB6 . It is expected though large scale modifications to the front wing due to the double diffuser ban . A new wing must still provide the needed amount of downforce but also to provide the single now diffuser with  a different quality of airflow from the double deck diffuser . Generally during season  teams develop the front wing approximately five  to seven times.



Central zone


Very small changes occurred on the car centre with the bargeboards and the slim sidepod vanes to be copied from the RB6 . The airbox zone looks also very similar to the RB6 .  The most obvious changes is the mirrors which have now a vertical support and are placed a bit higher , a change possible triggered by the taller sidepods .







KERS components and extra cooling needs forced all teams which use KERS and Red Bull to enlarge significantly the sidepod volume and radiators inlets . Red Bull managed  to retain the sidepod sculpted bottoms and  also to close the sidepod shape line very early towards the centre leaving a very slim rear zone



Rear zone


All the rear zone is shorter and more compact to allow a cleaner airflow towards the rear beam wing and diffuser roof . The pull rod arm attachment point  to the gearbox literally reaches the floor to permit the shortening of the rear zone . Above the gearbox and at the back of the engine cover there is a large hot air outlet .

As regards the floor configuration the double vents  , which fed the double diffuser with air , are now gone . A  small fence similar to the one featured also by RB6 launch version  is present at the inner zone of the rear wheels . Lastly the exhausts still blow close to the floor but are now placed closer to the centre aiming with their hot emissions the diffuser central zone .




Rear wing


The  Red Bull’s movable rear wing , first of the kind , has very long endplates extending towards the diffuser to isolate diffuser air stream  and prevent any  mixing of it with the airflow crossing inside the rear wheels profile reducing drag .

The flap attack angle adjuster is housed inside the vertical  fence located at the middle of the wing which can well  be considered as the extension of the engine cover short shark fin .  That fence separates the wing into two sections and can be seen as an inner endplate permitting steeper flap angle without having the fear of flow detachment . The second flap has a small U-shaped cut at its centre just behind the inner endplate to reduce a bit drag production .








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