Red Bull’s RB19 distinctive engine cover has been studied by Ferrari in the second part of the 2023 F1 season, as the Maranello team focused on the development of its car for the 2024 Formula 1 campaign.
The so-called “Red Bull concept,” starkly contrasted with the 2022 philosophies upheld by Scuderia Ferrari and Mercedes, stands out with a significantly wider rear bodywork, particularly around the exhaust area.
On the SF-23, Ferrari, and Haas adhered to the concept of a body closely integrated with the mechanics, featuring an engine hood devoid of large vents around the exhaust. A sleeker profile is envisioned for the upper section of the hood, complemented by a fin strategically designed to channel clean air towards the rear wing with minimal aerodynamic drag. This strategic shift draws parallels with Sauber, as seen in the C44, transitioning towards the Red Bull concept, characterized by both the drooping side panels and the rear bodywork.
With the 676 project for the 2024 Formula 1 campaign, the Italian side is aligning itself with the overarching philosophy of the reigning World Champions. Other teams converged on this approach ahead of the start of the previous championship.
The engine cover will undergo elongation and widening around the diffuser, resembling a type of “bazooka” designed to dissipate heat more effectively. Consequently, the incoming air will be divided into two main streams: one traversing the lower section, around the sidepods and floor.
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Simultaneously, the other airflow, situated at the higher part, will circumnavigate the engine cover, heading towards the rear wing of the new car.
Therefore a new technical compromise emerges for Scuderia Ferarri’s new single-seater, involving the sacrifice of some of last year’s efficiency. The broader rear opening will necessitate a distinct bodywork cooling strategy, altering the overall appearance and most importantly leading to a significant step forward in terms of performance, especially in race pace, which was the main weakness of the SF-23 car in 2023.
As mentioned in other articles, substantial changes are anticipated at the front for the Maranello team’s new single-seater, and these modifications should also be notably evident in the design of the Halo.