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Old 10th February 2009, 11:44   #196
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RB5 Adrian Newey's latest pet looks radical compared to the cars around

Whats surprising is the nose element which is probably for channelizing the air creating a tunnel effect, also the height of the nose cone and rear suspension connectors which seems unique.

Not to forget the shark fin and the end plates in the front wing all looks very different and radical lets see how fast will it be.
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RB5 Adrian Newey's latest pet looks radical compared to the cars around

Whats surprising is the nose element which is probably for channelizing the air creating a tunnel effect, also the height of the nose cone and rear suspension connectors which seems unique.

Not to forget the shark fin and the end plates in the front wing all looks very different and radical lets see how fast will it be.
One more good looking car ! the front nose looks really streamlined more than anyone else,Very agressive design.

vettel did a shake down,had to stop early due to a glitch (high gearbox oil temp)
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The RB5 front reminds me of the Concorde aircraft.

The car is a typical Newey design!
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yeah really resembles a concorde !! after all that is also a British

but the nose isn't point down unlike most other competitors
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1 . S. Buemi - Toro Rosso Ferrari STR3* - 1:19.660 (+ 0.000 - 104 laps
2 . S. Vettel - Red Bull Renault RB5 - 1:22.177 (+ 2.517 - 61 laps
3 . N. Hulkenberg - Williams Toyota FW31 - 1:22.443 (+ 2.783 - 82 laps
4 . H. Kovalainen - McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 - 1:22.634 (+ 2.974 - 60 laps
5 . N. Piquet - Renault R29 - 1:23.313 (+ 3.653 - 35 laps.

*2008 package

Well RB5 looks fast on the first day of testing damn neat to be quick right out of the block. It will be a good F1 season this time around i guess. to new rules

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Can someone explain the difference between pull rod suspension link AND PUSH ROD SUSPENSION LINK as only RB5 is working with this setup and none others. Any advantages of the same. Thanks in Advance
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Can someone explain the difference between pull rod suspension link AND PUSH ROD SUSPENSION LINK as only RB5 is working with this setup and none others. Any advantages of the same.
The RB5 has regular push-rod suspension at the front, but at the rear has a pull-rod suspension (as can be seen in the last pic in your post #197) - it's been tried before by both Arrows & Minardi.

I don't think carbon-fiber is better at handling tension than compression, so I don't think weight savings is the reason. Was it necessitated by the position of the exhaust apertures, a standard push-rod would be in the way. Maybe they did it for lowering the CG (which is the usual advantage attributed to using a pull-rod), but that would also mean that set-up changes are relatively more difficult to make...

Anyway, only 45 days to go !

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As the season opening is getting near why not start a poll for the results of F1. My personal favourite is KIMI but this year I feel Alonso might be the dark horse for the world championship. Hamilton also is a favourite to retain the title, anyways my heart says Ferrari for both the title.
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Can someone explain the difference between pull rod suspension link AND PUSH ROD SUSPENSION LINK as only RB5 is working with this setup and none others. Any advantages of the same. Thanks in Advance
Raj,

Visit Formula One uncovered! - F1technical.net
That gives you a lot of insight about technologies & regulations in F1.

For your specific query on the suspension you can find it here
suspension - F1technical.net

Mods, can we have a 2009 season predictions poll?
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With KERS in the picture, teams that are running electrical systems basically have a 80 BHP electric motor to play with as part of the drivetrain. I'm wondering if teams can use the electric motor for other purposes ? Using the motor in place of a dedicated reverse gear in the transmission is an example.

The regulations restrict forward gears to 7, using the electric motor for reverse could free up some space & reduce the complexity withing the gearbox, possibly making it lighter. And, electric motors can make great starts, full torque is available at 0 RPM, so drivers making poor starts could mash the KERS button & get a boost.

What other uses could the KERS motor be used for ?
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Can someone explain the difference between pull rod suspension link AND PUSH ROD SUSPENSION LINK as only RB5 is working with this setup and none others. Any advantages of the same. Thanks in Advance
Adrian newey RB5 designer:

It was really done to suit the new aero package. We wanted to try and get a very clean airflow at the back of the car and the pullrod is part of that solution.
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Bridgestone may now have settled on how to differentiate its compounds of dry-weather slick tyres in 2009.

Last year, the 'hard' and 'soft' compounds were differentiated by painting the inside of one of the four grooves white, so that the type of tyre being used by a driver on the circuit is visibly apparent to spectators.

With the return this season of slick tyres, however, the Japanese manufacturer has been contemplating what method to use in 2009 and beyond.

It was speculated that full coloured sidewalls were considered, and various other methods have previously been tested, including different coloured rings - including white and purple - on the sidewalls.

But perhaps the best solution so far, which with just over 40 days to go until Melbourne must surely be the front runner, was in evidence as five teams on Wednesday circulated at the Spanish test circuit in Jerez de la Frontera.

As seen on the cars of Nelson Piquet (Renault) and Kazuki Nakajima (Williams), the solution involves the use of thin green painted lines circling both the inner and outer sidewalls.

The effectiveness of the solution was apparent when the colours could easily be distinguished both when viewing the cars from the side as well as from the rear.


SOURCE: F1 : Green circles for F1 slicks - BRIDGESTONE - F1-Live.com
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NEW Way of testing First time i have seen it though

"This is what we call a 'flow vis' (visualisation) - where we take a paraffin-based light solution and apply it to the car," the team has told . "The solution is light enough to flow over the car, drying quickly to determine the airflow over the bodywork."

McLaren explains that this is a routine operation. "This is a common occurrence when testing new cars and is used to confirm the wind tunnel readouts."
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Ferrari S.p.A has recorded yet another record year with an improved return on sales, reaching 17.6% compared to 15.9% in 2007.

The result is especially remarkable in times where other car manufacturers mark record losses due to the financial crisis that is going on.


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