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  Red Bull Racing RB13 Tag Heuer
 

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Country of origin:Austria
Produced in:2017
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:February 27, 2017
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Click here to download printer friendly versionOn the eve of the first of a pair of official test sessions ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship, Red Bull Racing revealed their 13th Grand Prix car. Not fazed by the unlucky number, the car was labelled the RB13. With extensive new regulations introduced for 2017, the car is quite a departure from its immediate predecessor.

Among the most significant changes was the adoption of wider tyres, bringing the overall width of the car back up to two metres. To match this increase a wider front wing was permitted, while the rear wing was also enlarged and lowered. Additionally, the designers were offered more freedom to use aerodynamic devices on the sides of the cockpit, which played right into Red Bull Racing's hands.

At the launch, the most distinct feature of the new RB13 was the open nose tip, which is believed to be used to feed air through the nose towards the now more elaborate barge-boards. The rule changes have also prompted most teams, Red Bull Racing included, to add a shark fin on the engine cover to feed more air to the rear wing. It is not as distinct as it is painted the same flat blue as the rest of the car and features no livery.

Powering the car is once again the Tag Heuer badged Renault drivetrain consisting of a turbocharged internal combustion engine and a sophisticated hybrid system that recovers energy both during braking and from the turbocharger. Renault have worked hard to bridge the gap with the rivalling engine manufacturers and as a result the 2017 drivetrain is significantly different. This is also made possible by the removal of the token system that limited drivetrain development.

To drive the RB13, Red Bull Racing have employed the same, talented driver pairing of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen as used during most of the 2016 season.

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