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Red Bull chains up and races F1 car on Kitzbuhel ski slopes

Red Bull chains up and races F...
Max Verstappen puts some serious motor power to snow
Max Verstappen puts some serious motor power to snow
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Quite the feat through and through, the F1 slope ride included a heli-lift onto the mountain
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Quite the feat through and through, the F1 slope ride included a heli-lift onto the mountain
Heli-lifting the Red Bull RB7
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Heli-lifting the Red Bull RB7
Preparing the race car
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Preparing the race car
Getting the car to the snow
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Getting the car to the snow
Much of the Red Bull team's mechanical work was in preparing it for the cold
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Much of the Red Bull team's mechanical work was in preparing it for the cold
Making preparations
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Making preparations
Verstappen spits up snow as he pilots the RB7
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Verstappen spits up snow as he pilots the RB7
Lapping the snowy course
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Lapping the snowy course
Max Verstappen looks over the studded snow tires
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Max Verstappen looks over the studded snow tires
Taking the wheel
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Taking the wheel
The RB7 hits the snow
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The RB7 hits the snow
Verstappen did a lap up and down the hill
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Verstappen did a lap up and down the hill
A very unique, if not at all practical, alternative to the chairlift
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A very unique, if not at all practical, alternative to the chairlift
Racing the slopes of Kitzbühel
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Racing the slopes of Kitzbühel
An interesting pre-show for the Hahnenkamm-Rennen races
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An interesting pre-show for the Hahnenkamm-Rennen races
A new kind of powder face shot
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A new kind of powder face shot
Max Verstappen at the wheel
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Max Verstappen at the wheel
Verstappen on the snow
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Verstappen on the snow
Verstappen on the snow
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Verstappen on the snow
Red Bull's latest cross-sport stunt
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Red Bull's latest cross-sport stunt
A new winter sports alternative?
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A new winter sports alternative?
The RB7 doesn't exactly look comfortable in the Alpine surroundings, but it does look pretty cool
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The RB7 doesn't exactly look comfortable in the Alpine surroundings, but it does look pretty cool
The RB7 adjusts to the Austrian snow
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The RB7 adjusts to the Austrian snow
Max Verstappen puts some serious motor power to snow
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Max Verstappen puts some serious motor power to snow
Red Bull RB7 on the snow
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Red Bull RB7 on the snow
Red Bull RB7 on the snow
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Red Bull RB7 on the snow
Red Bull RB7 on the snow
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Red Bull RB7 on the snow
Red Bull RB7 on the snow
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Red Bull RB7 on the snow
"Keeping the car on the track was a real challenge" - Max Verstappen
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"Keeping the car on the track was a real challenge" - Max Verstappen
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It may not go down as one of the best Red Bull stunts ever, but in what definitely qualifies as an interesting use of a Red Bull F1 car, Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen gained and dropped vert on the world-famous slopes of Kitzbühel, Austria. The stunt served as an appetizer of on-snow speed ahead of the Hahnenkamm-Rennen ski races. The 800-hp RWD Red Bull RB7 would never be our first choice for navigating pure snow, but it sure looks cool doing it.

As is often the case when it comes to Red Bull-backed stunts, there doesn't appear to be any answer to the question "why?" beyond "why not" and "let's make it viral." The 3,500 or so spectators certainly weren't complaining about watching what Red Bull calls the first-ever F1 show run on an Alpine peak.

"Keeping the car on the track was a real challenge" - Max Verstappen
"Keeping the car on the track was a real challenge" - Max Verstappen

Before Verstappen took the wheel, the Red Bull Racing team did some serious wrenching on the 2011 RB7. Prior to being helicoptered into Kitzbuhel, the car was used for a string of hot weather events, including battling 95º F (35º C) heat in Australia, so the main task was preparing it for the cold. The team remapped the engine for improved throttle control and added a set of specially built snow chains to give it a fighting chance in the slick, shifty snow.

Taking an open, ultralight race car up and down a snow-covered slope may not be the most advisable way to get your kicks, but the video and full photo gallery prove it's possible.

Max Verstappen onboard F1 Show Run in the Snow

Source: Red Bull

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7 comments
soryu2222
This is dumb. He can't even crack the throttle without breaking the tires loose. No speed means no down force and no traction. Isn't there a frozen lake somewhere where they could drive on? That would be so much cooler.
Peter Kelly
I would love to see the 'spec' of those snow chains...
The average set is limited to 50mph and I can't imagine them being strapped to a car with 1000hp. Lucky they didn't shred and throw shrapnel everywhere!
owlbeyou
Yeah! Donuts, going fast and furious on a frozen lake would have been awesome.
I also wish the video had shown the view from a spectator and not just behind the driver's shoulder. Maybe they considered it, but it looked too slow to have any visual impact (for the Red Bull bunch).
Bob Flint
Okay it's Red bull I get it, too bad didn't see much of the rear tires wiping those chains around...must be some tough links.
But me and my youngest son tearing down our street in -28C with wind chill with a all wheel studded go-cart is just about as silly but fun....now he's looking to replace his drive chain snapped...
Dan Parker
Interesting, but I would have preferred to listen to the music that engine was making rather than the crappy, intrusive soundtrack on that video.
Leigh Pierce
Stupidest thing I ever saw. Formula 1 on Snow!. What is the point? I guess it's for the more money than sense Ski Fashion victims types. Must really spoil the peace and view and cause Polution in this once wonderful wilderness we use to have... We are all going to die because of Global warming and you can see who is responsible: Daft rich spoilt brats.
Nostromo47
Oh great, yet another "motor sport" to further tear up nature and produce even more greenhouse gases. Brilliant. All the dirtbikes, snowmobiles and jet skis should be put in a big iron box and buried in the desert.