What you need to know:
The current Red Bull wind tunnel was an aeronautical research center from 1946 to 1994
Red Bull owes much of its success to its virtuoso team of engineers, mainly to Adrian Newey, who has designed and developed each of the cars with which the team has won seven drivers’ and six constructors’ championships. Newey is considered the father of aerodynamics in Formula 1 and every year it makes the most of the tests carried out in the wind tunnel.
Since his time with Williams and McLaren, Adrian Newey develops and corrects his cars in the wind tunnel, however the Austrian team is being surpassed by the development of teams such as McLaren or Ferrari, which have their own tunnels with cutting-edge technology, while Red Bull works on the tunnel installed in Bedford, which It was an aeronautical research center between 1946 and 1994.
Red Bull wind tunnel, a relic of the Cold War
Red Bull began using it since it entered Formula 1 in 2005, however, Christian Horner, team director, said that the current tunnel is becoming obsolete Regarding the technological needs that the team requires to develop a car that aspires to championships, it is not as functional in cold climates, which is what dominates in England.
“With the wind tunnel we have, which is a relic of the Cold War and not particularly efficient especially in cold climates, we have to be very, very selective. “That’s where the team has done brilliantly well by being really selective in how we channel our development,” Horner told Race.
Red Bull will debut its wind tunnel by 2027
McLaren will develop its car for the 2024 season with its own wind tunnel, from which it hopes to get greater performance from its cars than in 2023, however Red Bull would have to wait until the 2027 season to use its own tunnel, Well, the construction of its new tunnel will begin in 2024, so it will continue in Bredford to mature the 2024, 2025 and 2026 car.
“A peculiarity of the regulations is that theWind tunnels are a thing of the future, We have had to adapt to the times and invest in a new wind tunnel. Construction will begin in the course of 2024, so it will probably be to make the car of 2027”said Horner.
In the development of the wind tunnel there will be a important intervention Adrian Newey, who renewed his contract with Red Bull, which, by the way, will build its own power units starting in the 2026 season, together with Ford.