Mar 14, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT
Red Bull’s Formula One team admittedly has had a rough off-season, leaving many observers to wonder how well its two-car effort will do in Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix, let alone the rest of the F1 2014 campaign.
Granted, F1 rules changes have been part of Red Bull’s problems, but if you look at the following video, it seems the team is as prepared as any in the open-wheel paddock.
Especially check out – thanks to computer technology and trick video work – how the parts literally fly around and mold together as they surround Ricciardo’s body in the cockpit. Very cool, indeed.
Teammate Sebastian Vettel also plays a key role in explaining the rules.
Among this year’s F1 changes are rules that require the race cars to use 30 percent less fuel, making the rides more efficient. Motors have also been decreased from 2013’s 2.4 liter V-8 to 2014’s 1.6 liter turbo V-6, which have hamstrung several teams, Red Bull included.
And let’s not forget teams will be allowed to have just five motors for the entire 16-race season, as opposed to eight last year. On the flip side, transmissions will increase from seven to eight gears to maximize and take advantage of the increased efficiency of the new motors and fuel systems.
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