Red Bull to launch RB8 before first test 13 December, 2011 Dec.13 (GMM) The car in which Sebastian Vettel will push for an ultra-rare triple back-to-back Formula 1 world championship will be launched on 5 February 2012. That is the claim of Auto Hebdo, with the autohebdo.fr website saying the official unveiling of the 2012 Red Bull will take place at the energy drink-owned team’s Milton Keynes headquarters. February 5 is two days before the first official test of the 2012 pre-season kicks off at Jerez, and the RB8′s designer Adrian Newey has revealed the intention is to take the new car to the Spanish circuit. “Adrian and the guys are pushing very hard to get the car ready for next year,” said Vettel recently. Meanwhile, it is believed the new Lotus (nee Renault) will be launched a day later than the Red Bull. The precise date of the Williams launch is not yet known, but Auto Hebdo claims the FW34 will be revealed for the first time not in Europe but in Doha, the capital of Qatar where the British team has a technical facility. It has been reported that the Oxfordshire based team is close to inking a major sponsorship deal with the Doha-based Qatar National Bank. Stewy33 I have a feeling Newey will implement a similar side pod intake like McLaren did. Also to play around with is the front wing F-duct system we saw Mercedes playing around with. Since that system is not driver controlled it will be legal under the rules. The front F-duct system will likely be designed to function at 100% efficiency (full stall) at speeds above 160 MPH as down force would be compromised in fast corners (like Suzuka’s 180R or Eau Rogue at Spa) Down the straight with DRS and a front wing stall would be amazingly quick. This is the fun time of the year trying to figure out what new solutions the teams will show up with before the 1st test. What do you guys foresee? Twiinz I don’t think they will change the side pods Stewy. The front wing is the most critical of all the aero as it designs the air flow for the rest of the car. The new car should be an evolution of the last 2. If they change the pods, they will waste all the tech info they have gathered for the last couple of years. Just my opinion. I do think it would be cool to see the RBR go radical again though. Newey is such the mad genius. The front stall wing may turn out to be a key performer since all the BRD are banned. I always love seeing the new designs in January. Remember the horns on the Maclaren? Or the zero keel on the BMW? Or way back with the Terrel 6 wheeler? LOL Tamburello_1994 You beat me to it Twiinz. To make a long story short, The RB8 will be an “2012 RB7″ looking very much the same. Stewy33 @ Twiinz I got to learn about Zero Keel today, the lower suspension arms mounted directly onto the lower edge of the nosecone! So thank you for that! That makes me throw back at you, remember active suspension? Now that was a crazy idea that ended up working and that is the “wow factor” that attracted me to the F1 in the 1st place. Lastly, yes I do remeber the Terrel 6 wheeler, and man was that thing F-UGLY!!! Twiinz Active suspension was awesome! I used to love seeing the sparks flying out from under the Williams. Once they worked out the kinks, their cars were the unbeatable. (alot like Newey and his RBR) Some other cool stuff were the Lotus of 77-78 and their ground effects. Mario drove that car well. They were the first F1 drivers to change their driving style because of downforce. Here is a good list of some of the cool innovations in F1 by year. Gotta love Google. http://www.enterf1.com/f1/60-Years-of-Innovation-in-Formula-One.asp My favorite would have to be active suspension/traction control. They used to hide the use of TC in the computer codes. It was a black box kind of unknown. Very cool. I noticed the lack of new stuff from 99-06. I wonder if that was part of the reason Ferrari stayed dominant?? Twiinz @ Yall Editor. Could you do a story on Keels or history of innovation some time in the off season?? I would love to chat about some of the greats in detail. http://www.yallaf1.com/ Editor @Twinz – we would if we could but do not have the staff to do so – any contributors out there looking to get published let them know we looking for a tech wizard to cover that beat… F1 Follower 1991 @Twiinz It certainly is so interesting to see over the years how the “magic” men of F1 have managed to interpret the rules in their favour. The Lotus 79 has to be the “holy grail” seeings it was a car that first took full advantage of the sliding skirts to create that “ground effect”. It is what made F1 the way it is today. Then obviously we have the Renault RS01′s that first brought turbocharging in 1981 was it? My memory isnt too good this morning! Talking about the use of TC and LC is so interesting! the 1992/1993 Williams cars were just insane! the amount of technology in them probably was on par with NASA! the most famous interpretation of TC has to be the 1994 B194 Bennetton. I know everyone hates the car and Schumacher for it, however for a team to interpret a grey area in the rules and hide it into code as you say is just ingenius. But thats what F1 is all about pushing the boundaries and coming up with clever ways of being faster! 2009 springs to mind! About the lack of innovation you brushed over, it is a very interesting point! however at that point F1 was all about slowing the cars down and making them slower, (even though they didnt!) so maybe the FIA restricted the amount of freedom designers had! http://www.gmofilm.com fools I learned alot today. Great info. Thanks guys.