The RB7 unveiled
Started on April 10th 2011, 308 days after cutting the first part, after about 800 hours of designing and manufacturing of about 6500 single parts within 10 month. After converting 534 grams of paper, after hours and hours of studying pictures, books, technical regulations. After several hours of drawing, creating and designing parts, now, on February the 11th, 2012, all together results in a model of a great car, which won the 2011 Formula 1™ drivers as well as constructors championship. Created by a design team, located in Milton Keynes, UK, lead by Mr. Adrian Newey, with an insane amount of the great british engineering excellence and many creative engineers.
My own RB7 is completely one-man handcrafted (except a few sponsor labels) by myself without using any CAD program or other computer help. A Formula 1 car made by compass and straight-edge construction – when you’ve seen that last time. 😉
About a third of the building time, I spent with researching and analysing pictures, publications, any information which was available. Another relatively big amount of time I spent with drawing, creating and designing complicated parts, such as monocoque, bodywork or suspension geometry. The only really point of criticism is the not fully attachable engine cover – there’s room of improvement.
Anyway, the car is finished now. I want to say thank you to all of my friends, fans and followers for your great exaltation!
Another special thank to some very helpful sources:
- Red Bull Racing Ltd. for designing that insane antetype of my model and for their assistance of Haynes for the Owner’s Workshop Manual
- Renault F1 for publishing great pictures of their RS27-2011 engine
- Haynes for their great work Owner’s Workshop Manual
- McLaren Electronic Systems for the free access to the Formula 1TM standard electronic system data
- FIA for the free access to the 2011 Formula 1TM technical regulations and appendix
- Craig Scarborough for his analysis of 2011 F1 technology on scarbsf1.wordpress.com
- the guys on f1technical.net who published and analysed many technical photos of the RB7
- wri2.net & sutton-images.com for taking interesting technical shoots of the RB7