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Winglet refresh

When the Red Bull Air Race returned in 2014 there was only one pilot that had winglets on his raceplane: Nigel Lamb. He'd added them 2010, but very few people too...
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Updates from the Race Airport – Indianapolis

With less three weeks between the final race in Europe and the beginning of the US double header most teams had very little time to make any modifications, but there w...
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The magic under the cowling

When the Red Bull Air Race World Championship returned to our skies in 2014, it brought with it several rule changes – one of which was a standardised engine for all t...
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Designed to win – behind the look of the raceplanes

Every team in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship wants to stand out, right down to the visual motif of their raceplane. In the first of a two-part series, we loo...
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The secret slipperiness of shark skin

Winglets are the most obvious modification to a raceplane that you can spot, but there are others that aren't so obvious. A smaller canopy, vortex generators (whi...
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Chambliss keeping it cool

In the Abu Dhabi heat Team Chambliss arrived with a raceplane that had benefitted from plenty of modifications. These included a stripped down paint scheme to save wei...
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Staying cool in the desert heat

To make a raceplane's engine as powerful as possible it needs cool, dense air running through it. That's the job of the inlets on the front of the engine cow...
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A vision of the future…

So far this season three of the race teams have drastically changed their cockpit displays by including the revolutionary Garmin G3X 'glass cockpit'.
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Winglet refresh

When the Red Bull Air Race returned in 2014 there was only one pilot that had winglets on his raceplane: Nigel Lamb. He'd added them 2010, but very few people too...
Read full article

Updates from the Race Airport – Indianapolis

With less three weeks between the final race in Europe and the beginning of the US double header most teams had very little time to make any modifications, but there w...
Read full article

The magic under the cowling

When the Red Bull Air Race World Championship returned to our skies in 2014, it brought with it several rule changes – one of which was a standardised engine for all t...
Read full article

Designed to win – behind the look of the raceplanes

Every team in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship wants to stand out, right down to the visual motif of their raceplane. In the first of a two-part series, we loo...
Read full article

The secret slipperiness of shark skin

Winglets are the most obvious modification to a raceplane that you can spot, but there are others that aren't so obvious. A smaller canopy, vortex generators (whi...
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What exactly is a winglet?

2015 saw race teams try out many different winglets to gain that split-second advantage over their rivals. At the start of this season we saw even more pilots with the...
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Dynamic duo step up for 2016

Two of the most experienced team technicians in the Red Bull Air Race have moved over to the Aviation Team of the World Championship for the 2016 season.
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Unlocking maximum power

When it comes to the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, every advantage counts. And with the standardised engines (meaning the teams can't modify them), the pi...
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Second-by-second engine data

Every pilot in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship hungers for even the slightest of advantages over their rivals. They want the most from their team, maximum per...
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Winglets: the final word

Over the last month or so we've heard a lot about winglets and wingtips. Each pilot has their own preference and we've seen a lot of variations in design. Ul...
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A master class in winglets

When a raceplane is in flight there is high pressure below the wings and an area of low pressure above the wings created by the airflow. The area of high pressure will...
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Goulian: We’re thinking of winglets

For the start of the 2015 season, Michael Goulian invested in a new aircraft that had been specifically built for air racing – but he knew he still needed to make some...
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Lightening the load of the raceplane

The teams in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship work exceptionally hard to save as much weight as possible in their raceplanes. It's difficult work and it t...
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Optimum flying conditions

There are many variables in the world of motorsport. Most of these can be controlled or corrected by the pilot or a team member, but the one thing that nobody has any ...
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Lycoming Engines: the power behind the Air Race

For the 2014 season the 12 race teams were given a standardised engine, which put greater emphasis on aerodynamics, pilot skill and race strategy. With teams level on ...
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In the Wings – keeping the pilots safe

At some race locations, Red Bull Air Race pilots can find themselves sitting in a cockpit with temperatures in the mid-30sC and 70%+ humidity, which isn't an idea...
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The people behind the pylons

The Airgators are the unsung heroes of the Red Bull Air Race. Without them looking after the unique pylons, there would be no racing. Thomas Brandstätter (pictured a...
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