The Team Principal Christian Horner, Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber sit down to reflect on the history of the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team. The story begins in 2005 when Red Bull took over the Jaguar program. 4 years later Sebastian Vettel was in the hunt for his first World Championship which eventually comes at the last race of the 2010 season. Red Bull’s success continued to grow as they dominated the 2011 season and then squeezed out the championship at the last race again this year after a hard-fought season. The guys reminisce about all the high and low points of their careers with the team.
Red Bull Drift Shifters is the brainchild of Mad Mike Whiddett. The premise is simple: have a drifting competition judged completely electronically on a pinball machine inspired course. The drifters have to try and link as many of the sensor points on the obstacles to rack up a high score. Electronic markers mounted on each car register it’s speed, angle and proximity as it passes by sensor points. Mad Mike hand picked New Zealand’s top 8 drifters as well as bringing in Daigo Saito, Matt Powers and Samuel Hubinette from Japan and the US. It’s a pretty cool idea that led to some exciting competition.
Meet Red Bull – KTM enduro rider, Cyril Despres. Cyril was born to two restaurateurs in France before moving to Paris to work on motorcycles. He began riding Enduros in 1998 becoming the French champion during his first year. Despres then sold 6,000 bottles of wine to fund his first trip to the Dakar rally in 2000. Cyril has since won the Dakar Rally four times in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012 tying him for the most wins. All of his Dakar win money goes to support a school for 324 children in Africa. Red Bull released this promo video of Cyril as he prepares for the upcoming 2013 Dakar.
Red Bull released another promotional video for Julien Dupont, a French trials motocross rider that they sponsor. Here he is having fun in his home town. Dupont described trials motocross as a mix of BMW and freestyle motocross and his sessions in this video really showcase that philosophy.
I’m admittedly not an experienced motorcycle guy, but these tricks seem to be getting cartoonishly ridiculous. I’m wondering if the R&D process involves getting a trauma doctor and a mechanical engineer working in tandem to figure out ways to crash that would best devastate the largest number of bones in the human body. The guys then just take that and figure out some way to land it for our entertainment.