The man and his machine are both esteemed Grand Prix winners. David Coulthard showed off the power of a F1 car.
This past weekend, the Mother City was flooded with the sounds of roaring engines and cheering racing fanatics – the smell of seared rubber setting the tone for the day. Capetonians lined the streets to catch a rare glimpse of a Formula One race car, driven by former F1 Grand Prix winner, David Coulthard.
The event was organized by the British-based F1 racing team, Red Bull Racing. Locals pitched in masses to watch Coulthard take the Red Bull RB7 for a lap around town, spin some doughnuts, and if quick enough, get some photos taken. He clocked a top speed of 244 km/h – a relaxed meander for the likes of a driver capable of hitting 320 km/h.
Red Bull Seven was the replacement for Red Bull Six, the car that competed in the 2010 campaign of the world Grand Prix and a personal favourite of it’s driver, Sebastian Vettel. The car is powered by a 2,4-litre V8 engine originally sourced from Renault. It weighs only 640 kilograms and has a power resolution of 18,000 RPM (due to race regulations).
Considering the last Grand Prix race held in South Africa was in 1993, the event acted as a special opportunity for Cape Town locals to see a Formula One car in action. There has, however, been talk about bringing Formula One back to our country with Cape Town and Kyalami as possible hosts.
Images: Red Bull