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This actually is the Red Bull Racing factory autoclave
(and not a wind tunnel)

In my latest post, i was evoking the possibility that a wind tunnel could be integrated in Gran Turismo 5. It's obvious that i was being too optimistic. Nevertheless i still believe in such a wild idea, knowing that Kazunori Yamauchi the game's creator is always looking to reproduce every aspect of the racing world in the game. I don't have an idea about the proportions and the doability of such a project though.

The thing is, at a certain point of my post i was mentionning the presence of a wind tunnel in the video which was totally wrong because thanks to a very kind reader, now we know that the device featured in none other than the autoclave. So to avoid people's misinformation, i choose to write this clarification post.

An autoclave is basically a very big oven used during two stages of carbon fiber parts manufacturing: "de-bulk" and "cure".

- de-bulk: operated at lower temperatures, "which get the resin to the point where it flows and compacts the material down in the mould".
- cure: "The cure is the process during which the carbon-fibre acquires its strength and stiffness".

Statements by: Colin Watts, Composites Manager. [source: F1technical]

The more popular wind tunnel is used to improve and analyse the car's aerodynamic properties. You can watch these two videos to campare the two processes.

In this video: the Red Bull Racing's factory autoclave


In this video: the Red Bull Racing's factory wind tunnel


Goind back to Gran Turismo 5, i found this interesting statement in the Red Bull Racing site:

"In this version, gamers will get the chance drive the Nordschleife, try out the Top Gear test track and unlock a special car which... well, let's just say Adrian Newey is involved as is Sebastian Vettel and they both met the game's designer Kazunori Yamauchi in Milton Keynes earlier this year."

This really strengthens the possibility of integrating the Red Bull F1 car in the game.


Thanks for "Anonymous" and JvM from GTplanet. (or maybe the same person)


[source: Red Bull Racing]
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