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.
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.
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...
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?
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...
As the the pressure of competition rises, the teams have to make the most out of their innovations and modifications to squeeze every hundredth of a second off the timesheets. Each team is committed to adapting and developing – because simply keeping pace with other teams' modifications won't win races. It's all about staying ahead of the game!
The hard-working engines of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship need super-efficient cooling to be competitive. It is an ever-present concern for the 14 international teams, and the sport’s Technical Director Jim “Jimbo” Reed reveals that many have a new method for addressing the issue.
Red Bull Air Race Technical Director Jim "Jimbo" Reed explains new measures the teams are taking to ensure they get the best performance out of their raceplane engines.
The MX brand of aircraft first flew in the Red Bull Air Race in 2006; back then, it was still a fledging race series, and the MX2 was a two-seat aerobatic aircraft.
Nigel Lamb was the pioneer who flew the MX2 in its early form, and the factory could see the value in building a race-spec aircraft rather than an aerobatic-based one. They developed the MXS-R – the single-seat version – and in 2009 it burst onto the scene, with five Red Bull Air Race pilots choosing to fly the MXS-R.
The Edge 540 has been part of the Red Bull Air Race since the sport first took to the skies in 2003. Kirby Chambliss was the first pilot to bring the Edge 540 V2 to the Air Race, with others following closely behind.
It did not take long for the Edge to make its mark as Chambliss finished third in his inaugural race, and in 2004 he took the championship title. Mike Mangold also joined the series with his Edge for the final race of the 2004 season and clinched the top spot on the podium. The legend of the Edge had begun.