The Golden Angle – What’s Needed To Win

Lake Balaton produced one of the most exciting races in Red Bull Air Race’s 14 seasons. One of the reasons it was so captivating was due to the variety lines the pilots could take to try and shave time off their laps. 

It didn’t come down to guesswork. After each session every Master Class pilot could be found hunched over a laptop in deep conversation with their tactician to see where they went wrong, and where they could improve. 

Tech Talk: A Winglet Lowdown

Let Jim Reed, the Red Bull Air Race's Technical Director, take you through the sport's history of winglets, right up to the last race in Kazan where Matthias Dolderer needed to work on his after a hard pylon hit. 

New Mod Spotted In Muroya Hangar

With every team looking for that little advantage, that chance to shave the smallest margin of time off their run, they will go to great lengths to make their plane as smooth and aerodynamic as possible. 

And after Muroya’s disappointing Qualifying result yesterday he and the team will be hoping this new mod will make all the difference. 

13 - 14 Jul

How Technology Informs Analysis

Technology leads the way in the Red Bull Air Race, and not just in the track and hangars, but behind the scenes as well. 

13 - 14 Jul

Tech Talk Special: Ask Jimbo

In this Tech Talk special: you sent your questions, and Red Bull Air Race's Technical Director Jim "Jimbo" Reed answered. Here are his responses to some of your most avgeeky of questions...

Hall Firing On All Cylinders

At the season opener in Abu Dhabi Matt Hall Racing put their skills to the test and managed to bring a very sick raceplane home in fifth place. But to be competitive for race two, here in Kazan, a lot of work was needed to get them back on track.

15 - 16 Jun

Matt Hall’s Engine Woes

Matt Hall had significant trouble with his engine in Abu Dhabi, leading him to comment that he “... tried to fix it with a Band Aid, but it needs surgery.” With no quick fix solutions to hand, and with Kazan just around the corner, has the team had enough time to solve their engine problems? Although the team is based in Australia, Matt Hall's raceplane has remained in Europe ahead of the race in Kazan. We spoke to Hall about his engine’s diagnosis and how the 'surgery' has been going.

Winglets: A Mod Of Beauty

Since Nigel Lamb introduced the winglet on his MXS-R back in 2010 every pilot has been in a race to get the best, most efficient set for their own raceplane. Currently all 14 teams have at least one set of winglets or wing tips to use for different tracks. Check out a selection of winglets currently in use by teams in the Red Bull Air Race... 

Customised For A Championship

Like the cutting-edge equipment of any top motorsport, the raceplanes in the Red Bull Air Race are marvels of innovation, and no two are alike. It is all about getting the best performance when a thousandth of a second is the difference between winning and losing.

Because raceplanes in the World Championship have standardised powerplants (engine, propeller and exhaust), teams are endlessly looking for other ways to improve aerodynamics, handling, engine cooling and power – all while keeping the aircraft lightweight and safe. So what makes a raceplane a raceplane?

A Complete Guide To The Raceplanes

The raceplanes of the Red Bull Air Race are feats of modern engineering that can withstand forces of up to 12G, and are more manoeuvrable than fighter jets. Here's a rundown of everything you need to know about these exceptional machines...