Tech Talk: winglets

The little changes making a big difference

Dolderer's designated design of winglets

To the untrained eye, the raceplanes might look exactly the same, apart from the paint scheme. But those who know are well aware that there are plenty of minute differences, one of the most obvious is the winglets and wingtips. Here Red Bull Air Race Technical Director Jim "Jimbo" Reed explains what they do, and why every team has a variation on a theme...

The different designs of winglets