FLIR Systems has been named an Innovation Partner by Infiniti Red Bull Racing. The partnership will see Infiniti Red Bull Racing working with FLIR thermography technology to gather temperature data from its 2014 challenger, the RB10.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing is the winner of four consecutive Formula One World Championships in both Constructor’s and Driver’s categories.
The introduction of 1.6 litre V6 turbocharged engines with dual energy recovery systems has presented significant cooling challenges for all Formula One teams in 2014. Managing car temperatures effectively will be a key aspect of ensuring reliability, and is expected to play a significant role in determining the outcome of this season.
FLIR will develop solutions using world-class miniature thermal cameras that will enable the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team to have unique insights into the thermal characteristics of their cars’ components and operations.
Commenting on the collaboration, Christian Horner, Team Principal of Infiniti Red Bull Racing said the team, which is most efficient in gathering the relevant data, learning effectively, and adapting accordingly will be the one that triumphs in this season of transition. The insights enabled by FLIR thermal technology will be critical to the team’s understanding of the new car and give them a key edge over their rivals.
Thermal imaging has become a vital tool for controlling thermal management and tyre performance. FLIR’s background in designing and building military-grade hardware will be a crucial factor in making this technology work in the harsh environments experienced in modern Formula One racing.
Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR comments that the partnership has come at an exciting time for FLIR, with their revolutionary new Lepton thermal micro-camera seeing numerous applications for thermal technology in the racing world.