Red Bull Shifts Wind Tunnel Plans to New Location after Withdrawing Initial Application

UNITED KINGDOM: Despite a recent setback, Red Bull Racing remains committed to its ambitious plans for a state-of-the-art wind tunnel. The reigning World Champions initially eyed a site near their technology campus in Milton Keynes, UK, but a recent twist has seen them withdraw their application for planning permission.

The news broke when F1 broadcaster and UK local councillor Sam Collins shared the unexpected development on social media, stating, “Red Bull wind tunnel set back. Things are not going to plan for Red Bull’s new wind tunnel in Milton Keynes, UK.”

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While the reasons for this withdrawal remain undisclosed, it has been revealed that Red Bull is shifting the wind tunnel’s location to a site closer to their campus. This strategic move necessitates the abandonment of the initial planning permission and the submission of a new application.

The new plans will neither affect the project’s costs nor its timeline. Red Bull remains resolute in its aim to have the new wind tunnel up and running in time to support the development of the 2026 F1 car, which will adhere to the latest aerodynamic regulations.

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“Everything is on track,” affirmed a source from Red Bull. The wind tunnel project represents one of the last major decisions made by Red Bull’s founder, Dietrich Mateschitz, before his passing in October 2022.

The shift in location could potentially lead to an improved setup for Red Bull, despite the temporary setback. The team will continue using its ageing 75-year-old wind tunnel at Twinwoods, UK, while they navigate the planning process for their cutting-edge facility.

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With Red Bull’s determination to continue pushing the boundaries in Formula 1, the world awaits to see how this strategic change will impact their future aerodynamic developments, ultimately ensuring they remain at the forefront of the sport.

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