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Monday, January 18, 2016

Watch a Red Bull Formula 1 Car Race Up Ski Slopes


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For folks in the Northeast, the unseasonably warm weather finally cracked, and we’re into cold, along with some gross icy slush. Still, that means we can finally head up north to hit the slopes, and apparently we’re not alone.
Red Bull, in all its typical insanity, thought it would be neat to put chains on its Torro Rosso Formula 1 racecar. Now, F1 cars are notoriously twitchy, meaning that unless you are at the ideal speed to create downforce, and have the tires at the right temperature, an unexperienced driver can go flying into a crash barrier.

The car is being piloted by the incredibly gifted Torro Rosso driver Max Verstappen who is tossing it around the ski slopes of Kitzbühel, Austria. With the addition of snow chains it is incredible to see a racecar that typically has to avoid moisture and track debris thrash around in the deep snow.

The car Verstappen is handily controlling is the Red Bull RB7. It was constructed for the 2011 Formula 1 season and piloted by Sebastien Vettel and Mark Webber during that campaign. During that season, the track-spec car made somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 horsepower. Seems like the practical choice for driving in the snow, huh?