Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel presented their 2011 car, the RB7 to the media at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain on 1 February 2011.
Chief technical officer Adrian Newey explained some of the changes from the championship winning RB6 and the new RB7:
?Preparing for the new season has been an interesting challenge for all of us,? he says. ?There have been a number of changes to the regulations and while they are not as comprehensive as the changes for 2009, the major differences ? such a the re-introduction of the KERS system and the arrival of a moveable rear wing to aid overtaking ? have meant that RB7 is quite different to last year?s car.
?However, what we have done is taken the philosophy of continuing evolution. We have evolved RB6, which itself was an evolution of 2009?s RB5, and this is, if you like, the third generation of a successful lineage.?
|Chassis||carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque, designed and built in-house, carrying engine as fully stressed member|
|Suspension (front)||Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbones with springs and anti-roll bar, push rod-actuated multimatic dampers|
|Suspension (rear)||as front, except pull rod-actuated rear dampers|
|Engine||Renault RS27-2011 2,400 cc (146.5 cu in) 90° V8, limited to 18,000 RPM naturally aspirated mid-mounted|
|Transmission||Seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with reverse gear Hydraulic system for power shift and clutch operation|
|Weight||640 kg (1,411 lb) (including driver)|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero|
|OZ Wheels (front and rear): 13″|
Red Bull RB7 ? Open Fronted Exhaust Blown Diffuser (Scarbsf1’s Blog)
“Despite rule changes Newey has found the loophole that allows exhausts to blow inside the diffuser for more downforce. Although the rules were revised for 2011 to try to prevent double diffuser and openings to allow the exhaust to blow inside the diffuser. The rules did permit openings in the outer 5cm of the diffuser, an area where teams have recently split the floor and created raised lip, coincidentally a practice first exploited by Newey on the RB5.”
Red Bull RB7 launch pictures
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