Red Bull and Toro Rosso unveil new European motorhome
Red Bull and Toro Rosso will have a brand new motorhome for the European Formula 1 races, with the former energy station now retired after 14 seasons.
The new structure, which is even larger, will be nicknamed the F1 Holzhaus (F1 Wood House), is based on the design of the Red Bull KTM motorhome, which was used at last year's Austrian Grand Prix, but is much larger to house both Red Bull and Toro Rosso.
The Holzhaus is built from sustainably sourced Austrian timber, can be erected in just two days and taken down in one by a team of 25 crew, uses a natural convection design intended to do away with the need for air conditioning and offers 27 per cent more floor space than the Energy Station for a total of 1,221m2.
"At the 2005 San Marino Grand Prix, Red Bull changed the game with the introduction of its Energy Station," said team boss Christian Horner. "Over the last 14 seasons, the Energy Station has undergone several transformations, moving with the times, first to accommodate two F1 teams after the arrival of Toro Rosso, and then with a series of upgrades to better meet our changing requirements.
"This week, we’re changing the game again with the unveiling of the new Energy Station, better known in Austria as the Holzhaus. It’s a sustainable structure that brings a touch of the Styrian Alps to the F1 paddock, having been designed to meet the current and future needs of ourselves and Toro Rosso. If it sees half as much drama as the old Energy Station, it will be doing well!"
The new motorhome will debut this weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix and will then be transported to Monaco, where it will be consrtucted on a barge and anchored in the Monaco harbour – this has become tradition ever since it outgrew the Monaco paddock.