• Red Bull Racing roars through the Mother City

    • David Coulthard performs during the Red Bull Cape Town Cicuit in Cape Town, South Africa on June 2, 2019. // Kevin Sawyer / Red Bull Content Pool // AP-1ZH9ZMX6W2111 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
    Date:5 June 2019 Author: Popular Mechanics Team Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    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.

    David Coulthard performs during the Red Bull Cape Town Cicuit in Cape Town, South Africa on June 2, 2019. // Kevin Sawyer / Red Bull Content Pool // AP-1ZH9ZMX6W2111 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

    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

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