Just two weeks after introducing a major rear end upgrade on the RB8, Red Bull have fitted their car with yet another exhaust tweak at Silverstone. This time around the change is small but may have a big effect nonetheless.
The sides of the exhaust channel have been raised to have two small bulges on each side of the channel, trying to keep the exhaust flow from spilling over the sides. Remember that the actual exhaust exit is point 10° upwards, as defined by the regulations. Ever since the team's first version of their exhaust ramp, introduced at Barcelona pre-season testing, the team is trying to channel the exhaust gases downward over the sidepod slope, rather than spilling over the sides of the sidepod.
This looks like a sweet upgrade, and it might have helped Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel win the podium spot a few times. It is great to see how just minor tweaks of car parts could make a difference between first and second place. It is interesting though to see the Red Bull team still improving its racing cars despite winning the podiums in the majority of the races. It is obvious that the team is not satisfied with just staying still, and continuously looks for new ways to stay ahead of the pack. http://www.carid.com
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