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What Red Bull was hiding with the RB20 revealed in testing

Red Bull's RB20 took to the track during pre-season testing at Bahrain and revealed some elements that were purposely kept hidden during their car launch.

Red Bull Floor detail RB20
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Red Bull turned heads when it unveiled its launch-spec RB20 and appeared to ditch the horizontal air intakes for a vertical intake attached directly to the chassis.

It was thought that the small intake just below the drivers cockpit was the only intake for the radiators, leading some to question whether it would be an effective cooling method for the power unit.

Photos now show that the horizontal inlets are not completely closed, sporting a thin 'shark mouth' inlet which has a big difference compared to last year: the forward-sliding lower lip has become a forward-sliding upper lip.

			© Michael Potts/RN365
	© Michael Potts/RN365
			© Michael Potts/RN365
	© Michael Potts/RN365

Inlet cannons

There is also an inlet cannon just below the top of the halo, just above the headrest near the drivers head.

			© XPBimages
	© XPBimages

Refined floor

The RB20 also has a more refined floor (see below), with numerous raised fins halfway down the longitudinal direction.

This is a difference compared to last year, which had a much more continuous line through to the rear of the car. The new floor will likely be used to create a 'seal' to increase the efficiency of the ground effects.

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	© Michael Potts/RN365

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