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Red Bull Racing RB13 : présentation de la F1 propulsée par le moteur R.E.17 TAG-Heuer

Le Team Red Bull Racing a choisi de présenter sa nouvelle monoplace saison 2017 de F1 le 26 février 2017 à 13h13 pour faire le lien avec le numéro de son millésime ‘RB13’.

Teaser 2017 Red Bull Racing RB13

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Présentation Red Bull Racing RB13

The RB13 – Break with tradition, break superstition

Stroke that rabbit’s foot, grab that four-leaf clover, fling that horseshoe and crank up the Stevie Wonder, because after a long winter’s wait our 2017 challenger, the RB13, is here. Watch for a first look at the RB13…

Design Red Bull Racing RB13

Partenaire automobile officiel, Aston Martin est bien viisble, notamment sur le museau de la F1. Tandis que TAG Heuer, naming du moteur Renault, s’offre également une forte visibilité. Ainsi, propulsée par le Power Unit Renault RE17 – rebadgé Tag Heuer -, la monoplace ailée reprend la même robe assez mate de 2016 et les couleurs habituelles du taureau rouge.

‘I think the RB13 is one of the prettiest cars that we’re designed and made, because of the geometry of the car under these new regulations, the proportions look right. It looks mean, it looks fast. The old adage is that, if it looks right, it tends to go alright – and this car for sure looks right.’
– Christian Horner, Team Principal Red Bull Racing

The regulation changes for 2017 have no recent precedent. In modern F1 history, plenty of rules have been introduced to slow the cars down, none to speed them up – but this is the plan now, with new aerodynamic regulations and a change to the width of the tyres designed to make the cars around five seconds a lap faster in Barcelona than they were in 2015.

The main points of the design reboot are wider tyres that generate more mechanical grip, a correspondingly wider car, with correspondingly wider wings and a rear diffuser which is also enlarged. It is a car with more downforce – and therefore a car with higher performance. The increased downforce on the car means the car will able to go around the corners quicker. »
– Rob Marshall, chief engineering officer Red Bull Racing

‘From our point of view, as an aerodynamics department, this new set of regulations is extremely exciting as we get a lot of freedom in terms of the areas of the car that can deliver quite a bit of performance. The car does look more aggressive and everybody around the factory is quite excited by that.’
– Dan Fallows, head of aerodynamics

The formal design effort for a new car begins the preceding winter. Gradually more people and resources are added to the project as work winds down on the car that’s racing, until a point – usually in the summer months – is reached where the whole focus of the design team is on the new model. This reaches fever-pitch in the off-season as final decisions are made and parts for the new car are manufactured. This year that process is even more enormous than usual, given the aerodynamic reset in the rules.

‘The change of regulations for 2017 is a really exciting aspect for an engineer. Compared with 2016, where it was more an evolution, here you have to change everything on the car, review all the procedures you are doing and try to optimise the car performance on something you don’t know. That’s very, very exciting for an engineer.’
-Pierre Wache, chief engineer (performance engineering)

Moteur Red Bull Racing RB13

Le plus grand changement est l’arrivée d’un nouveau pétrolier. ExxonMobil remplace Total et s’affiche en long et en large sur la RB13, avec notamment des logos sur les ailerons avant et arrière.

On le rappel Total a switché en Formula-E. Dans le cadre de l’accord global reconduit jusqu’en 2021 entre Total et le groupe PSA, TOTAL accompagnera DS Performance dans son engagement en Championnat FIA Formula E.

Jusqu’à maintenant, Red Bull se fournissait auprès du partenaire actuel de Renault, l’entreprise française Total. Ce changement va donc obliger les deux nouveaux associés à bosser pour s’assurer du bon fonctionnement des produits moteurs qui seront fournis avec le Power Unit V6 Turbo du Losange sportif.

Quant à Renault Sport F1 s’est tourner vers Castrol/BP pour le carburant et lubrifiant moteur.

Red Bull Racing RB13 sur circuit

Source et images :
Red Bull Racing

Photos des essais 2017 F1 drive #F1Testing sur le Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

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