Infiniti Red Bull RB9 Renault
The RB9 was unveiled at Red Bull Racing HQ in Milton Keynes on February 3. A short launch where no media were allowed to take pictures displayed a baseline car that was shipped that evening to Jerez where winter testing commenced the next Tuesday.
The launched car featured a stepped nose with a small vanity panel, after which a small air outlet is hidden. The sidepods were largely the same as the year before while the most effort went into developing the rear end to improve downforce. The team's Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey, also noted that the front wing was strengthened considerably to meet the stricter FIA regulations and that a lot of work was put into optimising the car for the new 2013 Pirelli tyres. More details can be found in the launch technical analysis.
2013 is also the first year for Red Bull Racing with its title sponsor Infiniti. The new 4-year deal sees people from the car manufacturer work at Red Bull Racing's headquarters at Milton Keynes, with the marque aiming to integrate further team members into the Vehicle Performance department in Milton Keynes. The change is also reflected on the car, with the large Infiniti logo sporting on the sidepods of the car, while purple was added to the livery.
Commenting on the strengthened relationship, team principal Christian Horner said: “Our stronger link with Infiniti from 2013 is part of the natural evolution of our team and demonstrates its growth. We are still a young racing outfit and this title partnership is a very welcome aspect of our development. I firmly believe it will prove to be of enormous benefit on both sides over the coming years.”
Chassis: Composite monocoque structure, designed and built in-house, carrying the Renault V8 engine as fully stressed member
Designation: Renault RS27 - 2013
Cars of 2013