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Racing The Top Of The World: Red Bull F1 Rides The Himalayas

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On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 11:21AM | By: Chris Weiss


Racing The Top Of The World: Red Bull F1 Rides The Himalayas

There are some automotive events that are news because of their sheer importance to or greatness within the genre--things like the discovery of a new ultra-clean fuel or the revival of a classic, iconic automobile. Then there are automotive events that are news because they make for such damn good videos.

There's really nothing all that important about being the first F1 team to drive the world's highest road--F1 cars were made to race flat tracks, right? But, seeing a low-to-the-ground race car climbing its way up a road in the world's highest mountains is definitely unique and intriguing enough to make it a headline.

Anthony Ward, Head of Brand for Red Bull Racing, frames the trip: "It is a testament to the engineering crew of Red Bull Racing that we have been able to get a Formula One car running from 11,000ft, all the way up to the 18,380ft mark. Logistically, too, this project demonstrates Red Bull Racing’s commitment to continually pushing boundaries."

Red Bull driver Neel Jani drove the Red Bull Racing F1 show car up 18-380-foot Khardung La Pass in northern India. Jani, a Swiss driver of Indian descent, drove the car to the high point and made a variety of stops along the way.

After finishing the voyage, Jani said: "Of all the places I’ve driven around the world, Khardung La has got to be the most humbling. The Himalayas are as imposing as anything in the world and to become a part of history here will be a cherished memory."

To give you an idea of just how high that is, the highest mountain peak in the continental United States is 14,500-foot Mount Whitney. So imagine driving a mountain pass that's about 4,000 feet higher than the roof of the United States.

Red Bull's "Running Showcar" has been traveling the world and touring unlikely locations, including the sands of Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic and the hard ice of Montreal. Being the first F1 team to top the "world's highest motorable road" may not have be quite the same prestige as being the first production car to break 300 mph, but the pictures and video are equally impressive.




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dwalter | 11:25AM (Tue, Oct 18, 2011)

wow. great video!



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