Why VCARB 01 Isn’t Simply a Copy of Red Bull’s F1 Design

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Why RB’s VCARB 01 is not a straight Red Bull F1 copy

In addition to its traditional role as a training ground for junior drivers, the racing team has been vocal about its intention to strengthen its connections with sister squad Red Bull through a technical partnership.

Anticipated as more than just a replication of Red Bull’s design ethos, the team’s latest VCARB 01 car reflects a blend of its own engineering identity with elements reminiscent of Red Bull’s recent models, particularly the RB18 and RB19.

A notable departure in the new car’s mechanical setup is the adoption of pull-rod front suspension, a choice aligning with Red Bull’s preference since the introduction of new regulations in 2022. This configuration has gained traction among competitors like McLaren and Sauber as well.

A focal point in the evolution of ground-effect cars like the VCARB 01 is the design of the sidepods. Here, the team has embraced a similar inlet configuration to Red Bull’s, a trend likely to be observed across the grid this season.

Why VCARB 01 Isn't Simply a Copy of Red Bull's F1 Design
Why VCARB 01 Isn’t Simply a Copy of Red Bull’s F1 Design (Credits: Motorsport)

However, the specifics of the sidepod design bear closer resemblance to the RB18, indicating a refinement of Red Bull’s 2023 developments aimed at enhancing airflow dynamics and maximizing downforce generation.

Distinct features include the lower section of the sidepod, which extends deeply beneath the bodywork to house essential components like radiators and coolers. The upper section features a pronounced undercut and a streamlined swage line, directing airflow towards the rear of the car.

Continuing from the previous season, the engine cover retains its shelf-like extension, possibly accommodating additional cooling requirements with integrated gills. Cooling solutions include hooded outlets in the suspension region and a downward-pointing rear cooling outlet.

The aerodynamic package showcases a spoon-shaped rear wing assembly and an open-ended design at the tip, influenced by developments pioneered by Alpine. Additionally, the rear wing endplate incorporates a swage line, a feature introduced during the Monaco Grand Prix.

While early renders reveal familiar elements from the previous season, such as the front wing and floor edge, it’s expected that the team will introduce significant updates during preseason testing and throughout the initial races of the campaign, focusing on areas like aerodynamics and performance enhancements.


By Jayson O'Neil

Jayson is a car-o-holic, and you will often find him writing about cars & bikes here at DaxStreet. You can reach out to him at [email protected]

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