Red Bull Racing F1 Car Owners’ Workshop Manual
Since winning its maiden Formula 1 World Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships in 2010, Red Bull Racing has cemented its place as one of the most successful teams in modern F1 history.
Just as the Red Bull Racing team has developed and refined the engineering of its F1 cars each season, publisher Haynes has launched an updated edition of its best-selling Red Bull Racing F1 Car Owners’ Workshop Manual. The updated manual provides new and exclusive insight into the anatomy and operation of the cars that took Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel to an astonishing clean sweep of eight world championships over the four seasons from 2010 to 2013, and enabled Daniel Ricciardo to take the fight to Mercedes in 2014.
The Red Bull Racing F1 Car Manual details the RB6, RB7, RB8 and RB9 cars that provided the driving force behind the team’s dominance, and delves beneath the bodywork of the 2014 RB10 – the team’s first contender in F1’s new technical era, which saw a change to 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engines and Energy Recovery Systems (ERS).
Produced with the full cooperation of Red Bull Racing, and with extensive input from the team’s technical personnel and drivers, the manual takes a unique look under the skin of a modern F1 car, explaining in unprecedented detail how the car is designed, constructed and operated.
The down-to-earth text, supported by numerous unique colour technical illustrations and photographs, reveals how the cars’ complex systems operate – including the V6 engine, turbocharger, ERS, Drag Reduction System (DRS), electronic brake control system, chassis, suspension, steering, gearbox and hydraulic system. Additional chapters provide insight into the design and development process, explaining how the wind tunnel, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), simulation, and on-track testing are used to develop a winning package.
The manual’s author, Steve Rendle, who has worked on a wide range of Haynes titles for over 25 years, said: “Moving away from the workshop and into the pit lane, the manual looks at the management of the car over a race weekend by the engineering team. Their aim is to ensure that the car and driver are perfectly attuned to each other, and to the circuit, to achieve optimum performance.
“It was fascinating to gain insight from current drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat, who shared their unique experiences of driving the car and how they work with the team to develop and improve it throughout a season.”
Writing in the Red Bull Racing F1 Car Manual’s foreword, Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer for Infiniti Red Bull Racing, said: “The one thing that is true about Formula One is that it never stands still. The rules and regulations are forever evolving, and for the designers and engineers, it is an exciting challenge to apply these into a reliable and competitive package.
“During the period that this updated edition of the Haynes Manual covers, major rule changes were introduced. These significant changes are explained and you will discover how a car goes from the drawing board to the track.”
Team Principal Christian Horner added: “It’s fantastic to continue working with Haynes on this updated edition, and I hope you enjoy reading it.”
About the author
Steve Rendle has been a technical writer, editor and project manager with Haynes Publishing for over 25 years, with a particular enthusiasm for motorsport and technical books. His passion for F1 began as a teenager, following a family visit to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix in 1981, where John Watson took an unexpected win in front of an ecstatic crowd.
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