The Red Bull guys certainly know how to make a splash out of every idea they have – from helicopters that can perform barrel rolls and backflips to the Formula One car that can go up the slope and shame the skiers and boarders.
This latter unique event had Formula One’s wiz kid and Torro Rosso driver Max Verstappen take the title-reigning RB7 F1 car up and down a specially designed course on a slope in the Austrian Alps. With Red Bull on its home turf, the high altitude, snow, ice and freezing temperatures were no barrier to the rising star and his Formula One car – which was of course specially equipped to handle the snow. By the way, the monopost had to be carried at more than 1,600 meters altitude by helicopter and needed some special modifications – studded tires and increased ride-height.
For its first take at conquering the Alps, the F1 car was supported by its naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter V8 and managed to quickly conquer the specially designed downhill section at the mountain station of the Hahnenkammbahn cable car. The RB7 Formula One model was used Red Bull Racing team for the 2011 F1 season and the tam took home both the World Drivers’ Championship with Vettel at the wheel and the World Constructors’ Championship – having won 12 of the 19 races from the particular season. By the way, it’s of popular knowledge the four-time World Champion usually nicknames his racing cars, with this particular F1 model being labeled as the RB7 Kinky Kylie.