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How to make an F1 car, the Red Bull way

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Gareth Price, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. Gareth Price

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    Gareth Price submitted a new blog post:

    How to make an F1 car, the Red Bull way

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  2. Salut Gilles

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    Hmmm... Not sure they will "reveal" EVERYTHING LOL!!

    Other than not "revealing" everything... ;) Nice! :)
     
  3. Chris Brand

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    Well you couldn't really expect them to release the secrets of their car lol. Then other teams would just copy them haha
     
  4. Gareth Price

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    This is why I described it as a 'brief glimpse' :) ... it's a PR exercise of course but I think the series will still be interesting.
    I visited the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes in 2012 and I was surprised how ordinary it was, in comparison to McLaren's extraordinary headquarters.
    Back then at least, anyone could walk into Red Bull's reception, on a regular industrial park next to a carpet warehouse, and see the many trophies on display.
    At McLaren, you can't just drive up to the building. The car park is on a separate site from where you can't even see the technology centre until the shuttle bus takes you there. However, it is an amazing building.
    http://youtu.be/ZU9mVr3IWLY
    At Red Bull I was told there are times when NASA call them up for advice on composite materials or aerodynamics. It's advice they freely give. McLaren, however, would charge a hefty consultation fee because that is the business they are in, automotive engineering, electronics and manufacturing.
    Red Bull Racing exists to bring global attention to an Austrian energy drinks company. It's a strong contrast and shows just how incredibly fine the margins between success and failure are in F1.
     
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  5. Chris Brand

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    And you can't get tours of the McLaren technology center either unless under very special circumstances. Even then...they only do these tours when there is very little development going on etc.
     
  6. Tony Holder

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    They do offer tours for members. I was meant to have gone in August.....but due to being needed in work I couldn't...gutted...yes, as it was also a Q&A with Whitmarsh. :confused:
     
  7. Chris Brand

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    You get offered the tour, you're then placed into a pool of everyone offered, then about 10 people get picked from that pool. Getting offered to go and actually getting to go are 2 different things.

    Oh and then you have to pay £35 or something like that for the tour.
     
  8. Tony Holder

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    I was picked. And it is £55.....which I don't understand.
     
  9. Chris Brand

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    Ah fair. That's ridiculous considering you have to pay for membership as well. Its a joke by McLaren.
     
  10. Tony Holder

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    I know. Oh well such is life I guess.
     
  11. Chris Jenkins

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    Red Bull only offer tours to competition winners. It's not something you can walk in and request.

    I won a competition last year to tour the factory. It's pretty cool.
    2 mins from my house too :D
     
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  12. Chris Brand

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    I'm about mid way between RB in Milton Keynes and McLaren in Woking.
     
  13. Chris Jenkins

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    That's a big ol' gap to be in the middle of
     
  14. Chris Brand

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    It's about 20 miles each way so not too big :p