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Red Bull Under Investigation

Posted by Mark on July 22, 2012 | No Comments

An FIA Technical Report released this morning ahead of todays German Grand Prix has accused Red Bull of being in breach of breach of Article 5.5.3 of the Technical regulations. FIA Technical Delegate Jo Bauer stated “having examinded the engine torque map of cars 1 and 2 it became apparent that the maximum torque output of both engines is significantly less in the mid RPM range than previously seen for these engines at other events”. He went on to say “in my opinion this is therefore in breach of Article 5.5.3 of the Technical regulations as the engines are able to deliver more torque at a given engine speed in the mid rpm range.”

Basically, Red Bull are accused of having the engines throttles more open than they should be for a given accelerator position, thus allowing more air into the engine, and in turn producing more blowing of the exhaust. Red Bull and many of other teams direct their exhaust gasses at specific parts of the rear of the car to produce downforce. This is allowed, but it is forbidden to alter the engine mapping to aid this process.

The FIA verdict is expected before the start of todays German Grand Prix.

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