Aston Martin has proven in the past that it is not afraid to be inspired by the designs of other teams. Racing Point’s latest creation has been dubbed the ‘pink Mercedes’ and now the team seems to have once again opted for such an approach. In the run-up to the Spanish Grand Prix, there has been a lot of talk about the updates to the AMR22, which should bring the team even further ahead. It was expected that the team would opt for a different sidepod concept, although it would not be as extreme as the Mercedes lineup. The team, Aston Martin’s engine supplier, has opted for a zero pod concept. The new design is very similar to the Red Bull, which is why the car is already jokingly referred to as “the green Red Bull”.
Sergio Perez driving the Red Bull RB18
Photo: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport images
Instead of a tall, wide sidepod with the grill on top for extra cooling, the team have now opted for one that closely resembles the design Red Bull uses on the RB18. The Red Bull concept is not only visible from the outside, the team is also going in this direction under the hood.
To do this, the team had to make a significant adjustment. The radiator, cooling and surrounding piping have been modified to match this new aerodynamic concept. Previously, the AMR22’s internal components were laid out more horizontally, meaning there was a lot more room at the bottom of the sidepod.
A comparison of Aston Martin’s radiator design
Photo: Giorgio Piola
The update has forced the team to provide almost all of the cooling component setup for the new sidepods. The result is a hood that closely resembles the design Red Bull went for. As a result of this design decision, the body that ends behind the halo has also been adjusted. This also applies to the course of the side pod and the bottom edge, with the bulge in the middle containing an additional opening.
One aspect that Aston Martin has not achieved or simply not attempted is the open intake on the sidepod. The design of the AMR22 leaves a lot to be desired compared to the RB18, the front has a smaller opening.
The Red Bull RB18 sidepod, drawn by Giorgio Piola†
Photo: Giorgio Piola