It might have seemed like a joke when an energy drink company bought the first of two F1 teams in 2004, but eight years and two world titles later, the only ones laughing are those inside the team. For 2012, Red Bull Racing returns as the force to be reckoned with as it aims to make it three in a row, and this is the car in which it aims to get there.

Red Bull hasn't released much in the way of details on how the RB8 differs from the hugely successful RB7 it replaces, but the most obvious change is the stepped nose design that is unfortunately becoming the defining trait of the 2012 grid. The engine is once again furnished by Renault, with KERS and DRS in place to help Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber get to the front of the field... and stay there. Sebastien Buemi joins the team this season as its official test driver, having been jettisoned from Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Follow the jump for a rather bizarre video clip of the RB8's online launch, check out the only two images released thus far in the gallery below, and watch this space for more as the pretenders to Red Bull's throne present their latest machinery.


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      KooperS04
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder what the function of the scoop is on the stepped nose for the RB, nobody else has that, or at least haven't shown it.
        ThomasP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KooperS04
        at the very least it makes it look less weird than a wall.
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KooperS04
        Force India also has it.
        KooperS04
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KooperS04
        I haven't see a pic of the Force India car with the scoop, just the bump. And agreed the scoop combined with the paint nearly makes the bump look good.
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would any body call any type of racing boring?? F1 to NASCAR is awesome. Anything that results in a race is a gift to man!!
      Lou
      • 3 Years Ago
      Better than the Ferrari.
      Jeffrey Tschiltsch
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG Vettel's name is in focus longer than Webber's! Conspiracy!!!
      herbbie5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like some design sharing
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @herbbie5
        Nope. It's FIA regulations making every competitor have this type of nose.
          rjwollin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          That's wrong. This design is to get "around" a FIA regulation, the step doesn't have to be there. The regulation concerns the height of the nose cone, it can't be as high as the teams want it to, but it ends there, everything behind the nose cone can be higher, so that's why they all look very similar.
      mrx19
      • 3 Years Ago
      Part of the allure of racing, for me. has always been the beauty of the machines. Don't possibly know how the current crop of F1 cars could get much uglier. I know form follow function, but these things a painful to look at. Radical change in the formula needed here. In the mean time, I'll go to historic events to see beautiful cars like the Lotus 79 and older Ferrari's.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      no looks at the back + probably one of the most complex front wings ever
        slicecom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        It's last years wing, as is common practice for all teams to use last years wings at car launches. We probably won't get a glimpse of the 2012 wing until Melbourne.
        lorenzo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        oh, wow, I guess i just dont remember all the tiny little winglets and bridges and stuff
      Phil T
      • 3 Years Ago
      2012 - the year of winning ugly! Bring it on I already have my tickets for Melbourne:D
      samagon0
      • 3 Years Ago
      every single one of these cars, are the drivers going to be laying down in the cockpit?
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised if stepped noses were outlawed. Single surface front nose will simply things.
        slicecom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        They'll stay legal this year as its too late to force teams to make changes to their monocoque's, but you're right, I'd be surprised if they don't mandate a lower height for the bulkhead for next season, then again the noses are going to be much shorter next season too, so maybe the issue will go away altogether.
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