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F1 : 2012 Red Bull Formula 1 car launch - RB8 specifications and team interviews
F1 : 2012 Red Bull Racing RB8 Formula 1 car launch - Sebastian Vettel Q&A
F1 : 2012 Red Bull Racing RB8 Formula 1 car launch - Mark Webber Q&A
F1 : 2012 Red Bull Racing RB8 Formula 1 car launch - Sebastien Buemi Q&A
F1 : 2012 Red Bull Racing RB8 Formula 1 car launch - Christian Horner Q&A
F1 : 2012 Red Bull Racing RB8 Formula 1 car launch - Adrian Newey Q&A
Red Bull Racing’s 2012 challenger, the RB8, which will contest this year’s Formula One campaign and defend the team’s two successive World Championship titles, has been unveiled with designer Adrian Newey on Monday admitting his latest creation is a "slightly ugly looking" Red Bull.

The reigning champions unveiled the car in which Sebastian Vettel will push for a third consecutive drivers' title, and like most other models seen so far in 2012, it has a controversial 'stepped nose'.

Designer Newey said the car is yet another evolution of the 2009 model, the RB5.

"We've kept more or less the same chassis shape, but had to drop the nose just in front of the front bulkhead, which, in common with many other teams, has led us to I think I'd probably say a slightly ugly looking nose," said the Briton.

"We've tried to style it as best we can, but it's not a feature you would choose to put in were it not for the regulation."

Newey admitted there is "pressure" to stay ahead of the pack in 2012, confessing that while he enjoys regulation changes, he laments the FIA's "restriction" in the area of exhaust blowing.

"Whether that will affect us more than other people is difficult to know of course," he said.

"We designed the RB7, last year's car, around that exhaust position and were probably the only people to do so, so it may be that we've lost more than other people through that.

"Only time will tell, it will be good to get out to do some testing and to see where we get to."

RB8 Technical specifications
Chassis Composite monocoque structure, designed and built in-house, carrying the Renault V8 engine as fully stressed member
Transmission Seven-speed gearbox, longitudinally mounted with hydraulic system for power shift and clutch operation. AP Racing clutch
Wheels OZ Racing, Front: 12.0in x 13in diam., Rear: 13.7in x 13in diam.
Tyres Pirelli
Suspension Front: Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, Multimatic dampers
Rear Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, Multimatic dampers
Brakes Brembo callipers, Brembo carbon discs and pads
Electronics FIA (MESL) standard control unit
Fuel Total Group

Renault Engine RS27 - 2012
Number of cylinders 8
Capacity 2400cc
Max rpm 18,000rpm
Number of valves 32
Vee angle 90 degrees
Power output Not disclosed - More than enough
Engine construction Cylinder block in cast aluminium
Engine management FIA(MESL) standard control unit TAG310B
Oil Total Group
Weight FIA minimum weight of 95kg

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