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Country of origin:Austria
Produced in:2014
Engine type:Hybrid
Predecessor:Red Bull Racing RB9 Renault
Successor:Red Bull Racing RB11 Renault
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 29, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFor Red Bull Racing, the 2014 Formula 1 season will be the team's tenth. In the previous five years, it fielded the quickest car, winning the Drivers' and Constructors' World Championships the last four season. These success were achieved with what were very much evolutions of the same Adrian Newey design. Major regulation changes meant that Red Bull Racing could not continue on the same foot, prompting Newey's design department to effectively start from scratch to create the new-for-2014 RB10.

One of the main challenges Newey faced was integrating the altogether more complex drivetrain into the chassis. Instead of the relatively straightforward naturally aspirated V8s previously used, the new regulations stipulated the use of smaller, turbocharged V6 engines. As part of the new power unit is a more complicated hybrid system that works in two ways. Similar to the previous KERS system, an electric motor, now twice as powerful, is used to harvest braking energy. A second motor is connected to the turbocharger, which can be used to also harvest energy and control the turbine speed and prevent lag as well.

As before, the power unit fitted to the RB10 is supplied by longtime partner Renault, who have come to consider Red Bull Racing as their primary team. The turbocharged internal combustion engine is equipped with a direct injection and displaces 1.6 litre. It should be good for around 600 bhp, while the electric motor can produce an additional of 160 bhp. With an eye on efficiency, a car can only use 100 kg of fuel per race and the maximum fuel flow itself is also limited. A further complication is that twice as much energy can be stored than a driver is allowed to harvest in a lap. As a result, managing the available fuel and electric energy will form a critical part of the strategy.

More than any other team, Red Bull Racing had managed to utilise the airflow of the exhausts to generate downforce. The new V6 engine, however, has a single, high-mounted exhaust, which can no longer be used to blow the diffuser. Further changes to the aerodynamics include a mandatory narrower front wing and a lower nose to prevent cars from launching off the back of another car in case of an accident. Especially the latter has led to some controversial solutions but by using some carefully placed paint, Newey solution is one of the most visually pleasing. The final aerodynamics package is only expected to appear at the start of the first race in March.

In addition to fielding an all-new car for the first time in many years, the Red Bull Racing line-up has also changed. Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel will be joined by Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who replaces compatriot Mark Webber.

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