• Feb 9, 2009

Click to view a high-resolution gallery of the new Red Bull RB5


It's been a month since the initial onslaught of new F1 car debuts, and Red Bull Racing is running in the back of the pack with the unveiling of its new contender. Called the RB5, the latest Red Bull was revealed at the Jerez circuit in Spain, where Sebastian Vettel, newly promoted from the Toro Rosso B-squad, drove a few test laps before a gearbox problem sidelined him for the rest of the day. He'll be joining Mark Weber, who limped without crutches to the debut, fresh out of surgery to remove a titanium rod from his leg following his bike injury in Tasmania.

Like its engine supplier Renault, Red Bull has signed a new partnership with French oil company Total, which will supply fuel and lubricants to both teams this season. You can check out images of the new RB5, designed under the same new regs as the rest of the field – meaning a smaller rear wing, a bigger front one, regenerative braking system and slick tires at each corner – in the gallery below. But don't expect to see any rear shots, as Red Bull was careful to keep the rear diffuser, which has been a source of controversy for the Toyota and Williams teams – hidden from sight pending the FIA's ruling on the design. With Honda's fate still undecided, only Toro Rosso and Force India have yet to reveal their cars as we approach the season opener in Melbourne late next month.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm liking this one. Better than all the previous one's released.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @AZZO45b: I'd venture a guess that the reason the Panoz DP01 doesn't rank in the top 10 open wheel race cars (and who's top 10 are you quoting?) because it only ran one season. The DP01 is actually an extraordinary piece of engineering. Check out

      http://bp0.blogger.com/_NVIyqlcHzR4/SAVx8RJ8h_I/AAAAAAAACQ8/_iT6hvD3Atw/s1600-h/CCWS+PANOZ+DP01+-+IRL+DALLARA+-+600.jpg

      It shows a line by line comparison of the DP01 to the current IRL Dallara. The Panoz was designed to run on ovals and road courses and also was designed to run the IRL's Honda 3.5 liter NA V-8 instead of it's 2.65 liter Turbo V-8 Cosworth if it was accepted to run in the IRL after unification. The Panoz DP01 was developed to be safer and less aero-dependent while racing closely with other cars. It had numerous changes from the previous Lola car, including more downforce from the underbody. Approximately 60% of the car's 5,500 lb (2,500 kg) of downforce at 200 mph (320 km/h) comes from the bottom of the car.
      This means more overtaking because the cars can run close together. That's supposedly what F1 is trying to accomplish with the new 2009 aero rules.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tom: I know all about the Panoz & what it was suppose to achieve. I also remember major teething problems with the car. Fuel cell issues & Paul Tracy being injured @ the LBGP after hitting the wall coming of the hairpin (impact was about 50MPH)

        I was responding to you saying it was one of the most stunning OW cars. IMO, (& other race fans I know) OW cars include more than "Indy" style cars. Most would applaud the Panoz over the hideous Dallara... but that is not saying much.

        The Lola it replaced was a better looking car. You stated tech figures... "Best Looking Ever" awards do not consider tech stats. OW cars... the previous generation Swift Atlantic car is better looking than the DP01 (better than the current Atlantic Swift IMO). Add the current Indy Lights car... it too (IMO) looks better than the DP01.

        The Panoz will only live if Ben Johnston's "Green Prix" series concept gets an engine deal (or the nation's economy rebounds). Meantime we can only hope Dallara designers use their other OW themes when creating the 2011 Indy car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting, this article, (http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/73140) which quotes Mosley directly seems to suggest the rear diffusers of the Toyota and Williams cars have been approved by the FIA. That is pending a contradicting ruling by the stewards should a team file a protest in Australia. The article does suggest at least one other team is devolving a similar diffuser, so Red Bull is going to have to give us a show if they plan to take advantage of the ever shrinking amount of on-track testing.

      In regards to the best looking Formula 1 car it would be either the Benetton B201 or the BMW F1.08.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's a good video at

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dzSBtmytmk

      showing a comparison between the 2008 and 2009 RB F1 cars in regards to rules changes, etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2009 F1 season will be known as a race of snow plows.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The rear-end pictures are already online. Also, the rear-diffusers for Toyota and Wiliiams has already been approved, but the RedBull doesn't use it as of yet.

      RB5 rear.
      http://www.motorsport-total.com/bilder/2009/090209/z1234190417.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      Get rid of the wings. They made the cars faster, but they never improved the racing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I forgot this...

        But the wings allow the high speed cornering speeds (that is amazing to watch live at the tracks).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gee Tim: How did F1 survive all this time with GP racing's product on the decline since the 1960's. All that racing we watched in the 70's/ 80's / & 90's was just crap?

        Bring back the 60's era cars... where we lost 3-4 star drivers a year (dead) & countless season ending injuries. Sorry I live in the present & look for my race series' to look to the future. JMO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man these new F1 cars are hideous.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Alvin: The FIA is dictating the FUNCTION... they mandated these extra wide front wings & the extremely high & narrow rear wings. The teams have little choice in terms of their FORM. Their creativity has been BOXED in.

        Form follows Function does NOT have to mean ugly! RB5 designer Newey has done his best with the FIA "box"... the nose aero & the large rear wing end plates seem much different than the other '09 F1 cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        While I wouldn't go so far as to call them hideous, the extra wide front wings and narrow rear wings do look ungainly. The new aero rules are forcing the teams to come up with new ways of achieving aerodynamic grip, like using the shape of the bodywork to channel airflow to increase grip. Some are looking better than others. The new Ferrari and McLaren designs (aside from the wings) are beautiful cars. This Red Bull car is not. What they've done with the nose of the car, by raising it and creating two ridges over the suspension mounts to channel airflow, looks pretty bad. Hopefully. for their sake, it works better than it looks. Otherwise, I was never a fan of all the various winglets, rabbit ears, etc., of the last few years and I think overall (again, ignoring the new wings) the new cars look good. Maybe after a few races, when teams have been replacing the front wings after the first turn, the rules will be tweaked to come up with a better solution. Or not.
        • 5 Years Ago
        While they may be hideous, it's still always function over form. I definitely can't wait until the season starts. Less downforce and allowing drivers to adjust the front wing and use KERS as a little "boost" will provide for some good racing battles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry Tom, but the Panoz doesn't even rank in most Top 10s of "OW car Best Ever"... OW includes all eras of F1, CART/ CCWS, F2/ F3000/ GP2, A1GP, F3 etc

        If you were targeting American OW cars... I'd take the Reynard, Lola, Swift, & AAR Eagle that ran before the DP01... JMO.

        As for the RedBull RB5... its the best of the ugly 2009 crop of cars.... but that's like calling the woman at last call SUPER MODELS!!!! :) :) :)

        Amend the rules to have ALL of the '09 cars run '08 spec rear wings & they become much more handsome (IMO). Having all the hanging aero crap off the cars is an improvement... if only the front & rear wings were some what more symmetrical in width. The RB5's one sponsor & clean livery also helps it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wanted to add, one of the best looking open wheel race cars ever was the 2007 Panoz DP01 car that was only used the last year of Champ Car.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2006/08/03/motorsports-2007-panoz-dp01-champ-car-unveiled/

        Too bad the Panoz wasn't adopted after the unification rather than the tired Dallara/Hondas.
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