Red Bull have explained the “very unusual” process designing their new car, the brand-new RB18 for 2022.

2022 will see new regulations introduced into the sport. There will be changes made to the aerodynamic rules, meaning cars will be able to do wheel-to-wheel-racing and overtaking more often and with greater ease.

As a result, it was predicted that there would be very intense and close racing in the upcoming season. The midfield and the rear end will be able to take the fight to the top teams, at least on paper.

Keeping up with the car launches, Red Bull have explained the “very unusual” process designing their new car for 2022, saying it was an entirely different procedure. 

Speaking in an RB18 walkaround video as quoted by Racingnews365.com, Red Bull Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey said, “It’s been a very unusual process, this one.

“It’s a huge regulation change, the biggest one we’ve had since 1983, when the venturi (tunnel) cars were banned and flat-bottomed cars were introduced.

Red Bull’s new car was unveiled recently. Source: Getty Images

“The aerodynamic changes which lead as a representation to this are designed to help overtaking, so the theory is that if you create a shape where – as the downforce is produced – that always produces upwash at the back of the car (and) you get this kind of rooster tail coming up at the back.

“If that back fills or side fills from underneath, then the wake goes above the car that’s following it, so the car behind keeps its downforce much better than (it did in 2021).”

Differences

Red Bull Technical Director Pierre Wache explained how the cars would be different to their 2021 counterparts. 

“What they (F1) wanted to do is clearly to generate the downforce from the ground, compared to before, (when it was) generated by the ground, but also mainly by the front wing, rear wing and the bodywork,” he explained.

“It will affect the ride of the car, the mechanical grip and the drive of the car, because this generation of downforce is quite efficient.

“This type of car should be a lot quicker on the straight, at (the usual) level of downforce.”

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