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Red Bull sticks with matte livery

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18/02/2019

The Red Bull RB15 takes to the track this morning at Barcelona in the hands of Max Verstappen, sporting its 2019 racing livery.

Last week the RB15 made its track debut in a special one-off livery as Red Bull continued its tradition of memorable paint jobs.

2019 marks the fourth season the Bulls have sported a matte livery - with Ferrari now going down the same route - but the roots of the RB15’s livery can actually be traced back to the Austrian team's debut season in 2005, when the RB1 raced in the now iconic blue, yellow and red livery.

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1. Posted by Spartacus, 20/02/2019 23:08

"Interesting comments by RDFox and NS Biker. There must be some kind of performance gain with a gloss over the matte. I know the paints on commercial jets are pretty much all glossy. Military are matte of course but they don't care about full consumption. I like the Matte of the Redbull and the Renault Yellow a while back. "

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2. Posted by RDFox, 20/02/2019 18:18

"It's testing. The slight reduction in drag you get from a glossy surface finish isn't so critical before you start to actually run in anger once the season starts; my guess is that the matte finish is actually intended to make it slightly harder for other teams to determine the exact shape of the car and its aerodynamic components by eliminating sun glint that can be used to identify exact levels of curvature and such. Note that the Bulls have been using gloss finishes in-season this whole time, indicating that whatever they gain from the matte finish in testing, it's not enough to warrant sacrificing that small bit of extra drag in actual competition."

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3. Posted by NS Biker, 19/02/2019 3:20

"So what is the deal with the matte paint.?
There must be an advantage, either lighter weight or some form of aero benefit.
Pretty easy to dream up all manner of boundary layer ideas, coanda effects and even straight out drag reduction. All the work of the uninformed. That being moi.
Any knowledgeable sorts out there with an idea what Adrian N. is up to.??
For Ferrari to sacrifice the gloss and glamour of what would be normal paint, suggests that there is indeed an advantage. Either that or the boys ar RBR are getting a great laugh from all of this.

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