Red Bull RB2 - side view detail 05 January 2006
Air intakes at the front of the sidepods are higher than before. This allows them to receive a less disrupted airflow and reduces interference caused by the intake to airflow hitting the bottom of the sidepod. The RB2 takes the 'narrow car' philosophy to extremes, with bodywork drawn closely around mechanical components, in particular the transmission, in order to minimise turbulence. The cooling chimneys are quite big, but close to the engine, their shape rounded and integrated into the descending design of the sidepods. Their position is kept low to avoid disrupting airflow to the rear wing. The engine cover is one of the few elements closely derived from the RB1, featuring the same upward 'tail', also there to provide better airflow to the rear wing.