The rear finish overhaul that has reworked Pink Bull


The usually unpredictable rear finish of the RB16 proved a handful for each Max Verstappen and Alex Albon at occasions, however the proof is obvious that the RB16B is rather more firmly planted.

Pink Bull spent a big portion of final season targeted on a rectification programme, because it found fairly rapidly that the RB16’s efficiency was flawed, owing to a correlation situation between its simulation instruments again on the manufacturing unit and the outcomes delivered on monitor.

The workforce dug deep within the early a part of the season and initially targeted its consideration on redesigning the automotive’s entrance finish.

However, having fastened these points and with new laws slicing downforce on the rear of this yr’s automobiles, the design workforce shifted its consideration to nailing the rear finish efficiency of the RB16B.

Red Bull Racing RB16B comparison rear suspension

Pink Bull Racing RB16B comparability rear suspension

Picture by: Giorgio Piola

Its major focus was to enhance the airflow’s transit over the rear of the automotive, with the workforce joyful to be schooled by its rivals as its format attracts inspiration from the idea launched by Mercedes final season.

Nevertheless, it has added its personal twist too as, while your complete decrease suspension meeting has primarily been flipped over, with the trackrod mounted on the entrance, somewhat than the rear (blue in decrease inset) it’s really its decrease wishbone design that’s altogether extra fascinating.

Very similar to the design on the entrance finish of the automobiles in recent times, somewhat than have the traditional triangulation, Pink Bull has created a multi-link decrease wishbone association for the RB16B.

This separation of the arms permits the designers to be extra particular with their placement and allows them to position them ready that extra successfully meets their aerodynamic calls for.

That is essential once we contemplate the regulation adjustments for 2021 which put an onus on the design of the automotive’s rear finish.

With this in thoughts, Pink Bull has raised the decrease suspension parts and pushed them as far rearward as doable, so as to try to enhance the area obtainable for the airflow over the raised diffuser ceiling, into the coke bottle part and the channel beside the tyre’s sidewall and fringe of the diffuser.

Red Bull Racing RB16B rear detail

Pink Bull Racing RB16B rear element

Picture by: Giorgio Piola

Pink Bull launched a multi-link association in 2019, with its higher wishbone sporting the splayed format (left picture, beneath).

For 2020 and once more in 2021, the workforce opted for a standard higher wishbone however switched to a multi-link association for its decrease wishbone (proper picture, beneath). 

Red Bull Racing RB15 front suspension

Pink Bull Racing RB15 entrance suspension

Picture by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB16 front suspension

Pink Bull Racing RB16 entrance suspension

Picture by: Giorgio Piola


The by no means ending search…

Red Bull RB16B floor fin

Pink Bull RB16B ground fin

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Pink Bull already appeared to be in good stead heading into the primary spherical of the championship, with a stable efficiency throughout preseason testing that urged it might be in line to dethrone Mercedes.

It arrived in Bahrain with one other weapon in its arsenal although, because the workforce put in one other fin on the ground forward of the rear tyre (pink arrow).

This fin has a particular curled edge which can undoubtedly have an effect on the airflow, with the vortex shed from it designed to work in concord with the opposite fins already current on the ground round it.

The position of those fins has been elevated for 2021, given the introduction of the ground cutout and the lack to make use of slots and totally enclosed holes within the ground that is still. 

Every fin may have a particular position however contribute to turning airflow throughout and across the rear tyre so as to restrict the turbulence it creates, which may be damaging to the efficiency of the diffuser if left untreated.

Red Bull Racing RB16B rear suspension

Pink Bull Racing RB16B rear suspension

Picture by: Giorgio Piola

This illustration exhibits how rapidly the workforce is reacting to the 2021 rule adjustments, with the mid ground fin and two outwardly angled fins solely added to the RB16B throughout the preseason take a look at.

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