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The world of Formula One is crazy indeed. Even the things considered to be normal in the F1 world is outrageous and unthinkable for us normal people.
Take for example, the entire transportation circus that Formula One teams undertake to move their entire crew, cars, tools, parts, paddock, drivers and other essentials to the next circuit, which could be halfway around the world. Or the great G-forces the car and the drivers endure throughout each race.
Well, safe to say, the F1 world is different and amazes normal human beings. However, once in a while, some F1 teams decide to do something that is extraordinary, even for them. Red Bull Racing is one of the teams that usually attempts to reach new levels of craziness with every new season.
At the end of each season, Red Bull Racing uses its car to attempt something nobody thought was possible. Recently, the energy drink brand put out a video of the Top Five Crazy Things Red Bull Racing Has Done With An F1 Car. Here are the top five craziest off-track things Red Bull Racing has done with its F1 car in detail.
5. Donuts On The Helipad Of The Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab is one of the tallest hotel buildings in the world. It is also one of the most-luxurious hotels in the world and only the elite can afford a stay or even a meal at this five-star hotel.
The entire structure is 280-metres tall and has a helipad at a height of 210-metres. Only the folks at Red Bull Racing could come up with the idea of doing donuts on this helipad located at such a height.
The feat was achieved in 2013, with David Coulthard at the wheel of the Red Bull RB9. This was the last model to feature the V8 engine screaming at 18,000RPM and was quite a sight to see on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab.
Even though the helipad had a safety net around it, it was a dangerous feat as the car could have catapulted through the safety net if things went wrong. Thankfully, it went according to plan and we got to see the amazing footage of it.
4. F1 Car Vs Skiing Gold Medalist & World Champion On Snow
Aksen Lund Svindal is a two-time world champion and Olympic Gold-Medalist in Skiing. He is considered by many to be the best Norwegian Skiier ever, so it is obvious that he knows his sport well.
Red Bull Racing however, decided to take him on at his own sport, on a snowy mountain slope. This time, it was Max Verstappen behind the wheel of the Red Bull Racing RB9. The Formula One Car had to be prepared for the challenge and wore the Pirelli Cinturato full wet tyres that are designed to be used on an F1 track in conditions with heavy rain.
In order to aid grip out on the snow, it was wrapped in snow chains. It wasn't really a fair competition, but more of a fun run. Max verstappen and Aksen Lund Svindal were given two different routes on the mountain to avoid any untoward incidents. Once again, the entire feat gave us all some brilliant footage, which we otherwise wouldn't be able to witness.
3. F1 Car Vs Bath Rugby Club
Rugby teams are known for their grit and sheer strength. Well, the Bath Rugby Club club is among the best. The club has won the English Cup, Premiership Rugby Cup, Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup.
In 2016, Red Bull Racing took on the athletes of the Bath Rugby Club. Behind the wheel of the Red Bull Racing RB9 was Daniel Ricciardo. The car was fitted with a custom-made flat nose that could fit flush against a special device that could leverage the strength of all eight Rugby players it was going up against.
The Rubgy players gripped very well and held their place and this caused the Red Bull RB9 to spin its wheels at a high speed. The car did inch forward, but the Rubgy players then held their place and a thermal imaging shot of the scene gives us an idea of the heat and energy being used for the feat.
2. A Roadtrip Across America In An F1 Car
Roadtrips and Motorsport go hand-in-hand quite often. Trucks and vans transport the cars, parts, crew and other cargo from one racetrack to another or from one circuit to another. All F1 cars too go on roadtrips while being locked inside their transport trucks.
This time however, Red Bull Racing decided to use the RB9 race car for the roadtrip. The team's drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen drove the Red Bull racing RB9 across the USA.
Daniel Ricciardo drove from San Francisco, going through Monument Valley and then Las Vegas. In the second chapter, Max Verstappen took the car through the Rocky Mountains and Miami Beach.
Well-known locations such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Las Vegas Boulevard, Miami Beach, etc were covered. The team had pit stops at Death Valley, Twin-Lakes General Store and Miami Beach too. Roadtripping with the glorious sound of the 18,000RPM V8 in your ears? Who could say no to that. But it appears we aren't as skilled as Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
1. F1 Pit Stop In Zero Gravity
Imagine a pit stop in which the entire Formula One car is turned upside down to facilitate a tyre change. Well, it seems like the adventurous folks at Red Bull Racing imagined just that and found a way to turn their imagination into reality - Zero Gravity!
The Red Bull Racing F1 team currently holds the record for the fastest pit-stop ever in an F1 race. At the 2019 brazilian GP, the pit-crew changed the tyres on Max Verstappen's Red Bull Racing RB15 in a blistering 1.82 seconds.
Naturally then, the team had a laugh when they were given a task of completing a pit-stop within 20 seconds. However, the challenge was then set to them - the pit-stop in question had to be completed without the assistance of gravity.
A specially-retrofitted Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft was used for the task. The Red Bull racing RB9 was then loaded into the aircraft and flown into zero-gravity territory. The team then performed a pit-stop. The tyres, tools, cars and pit-crew were all floating about in the air while the pit-stop was performed.
Thoughts On Crazy Things Accomplished By Red Bull Racing Formula One Team
Red Bull listed out their top-five and we wrote about them in the same order. However, the team has done a lot more than just five crazy things.
The Red Bull F1 car was driven to Khardung la, the world's highest motorable road, building the RB7 car in La La Land, donuts at the Hollywood Boulevard, etc.
Well, we are loving these challenges taken up by the Red Bull Racing Formula One Team. Keep them coming.