We're delighted to share a first look at our Red Bull Racing Honda RB16B models at 1:8 scale with you. These replicas have been met with approval by the Red Bull Racing design department following an intense dive into every detail. The first models have already been shipped to their new owners, with piece #1 of the edition delivered to Team Principal Christian Horner himself. Future batches have already been programmed into our workshop schedules and are well underway.
The #33 edition of 50 models, as raced by Verstappen at the Monaco Grand Prix, has completely sold out, but Max admirers need not despair; we are currently accepting pre-orders on the car raced at the Turkish Grand Prix with its special Honda tribute livery. Followers of Checo can order a 1:8 scale replica celebrating his Azerbaijan Grand Prix win, or of his third place clinching drive in the beautiful Honda tribute livery in Turkey. Plus, we are currently engaging in discussions with Red Bull Racing about exciting new projects celebrating their 2021 triumph.
The car that delivered a first championship since 2013, the Red Bull Racing Honda RB16B was an evolution of the double race winning RB16 of the 2020 season. Piloted by Dutch favourite Max Verstappen, in his sixth year with the team, and Mexican Sergio Pérez, who joined from Racing Point, the RB16B proved its mettle, taking the fight to the hybrid-era dominating Mercedes team. Though the team would ultimately be unsuccessful in its Constructors’ title aspirations, Verstappen emerged victorious against the reigning Drivers’ Champion Lewis Hamilton in an intense season-long battle that came down to the final lap at the final race in Abu Dhabi. It was a season filled with drama, on-track action and controversy, in which Verstappen was ultimately crowned the first Dutch World Champion.
The RB16B was based on the same chassis as the 2020 car, as dictated by the 2021 regulations after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted teams to agree to a series of cost-reducing measures, including a postponement of the new regulations and a majority freeze of the current rules. However, though the car shared its name and under-structure with the previous season’s car, the team had made general refinements in every component. Aerodynamic improvements were visible on the nose, the car featured new brake ducts for the front discs, and the bargeboards had undergone further development. The car’s floor was reduced by about 100mm towards the rear, as per the regulations.
Much of the interest about the Red Bull was focused on the rear of the car, with the team having spent its two development tokens adjusting its gearbox carrier and rear suspension, to improve the car’s aerodynamics at the rear end, something of particular importance with the regulation changes made to reduce downforce. The only major difference that could be seen with the naked eye on the rear wing was a new single central pylon support. The 2020 RB16 broke Red Bull tradition with a double-supported rear wing, but with the RB16B the team returned to a more familiar concept.
Honda Tribute Livery
As raced at the Formula 1 Rolex Turkish Grand Prix 2021
With their close collaboration concluding at the end of the 2021 season, Red Bull were keen to celebrate the vital part Honda have made to their success. Their gratitude was expressed in this special livery for the Turkish GP, taking inspiration from Richie Ginther’s 1965 Mexican Grand Prix-winning Honda RA272.
Limited to just 33 Verstappen and 11 Pérez pieces, we are have already received deposits for a third of these models. Pre-order your recreation on our website or speak to our sales team about the RB16B in its remarkable and beautiful livery.