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Red Bull scales world's highest road

ESPNF1 Staff
October 10, 2011
Neel Jani at the top of the Khardung-La pass © Red Bull Racing
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While Sebastian Vettel was being crowned F1's youngest double world champion in Japan, the Red Bull show car was tackling the world's highest motorable road on the Khardung-La pass in India.

With Neel Jani, a Swiss driver of Indian origin, at the wheel, the show car, which is based on the 2005 RB1, completed the climb, passing the famous Thiksey Monastery and stopping by the Shanti Stupa along the way. The route featured 8,830 feet of elevation, and with the air considerably thinner at that height and the terrain somewhat rougher than the manicured circuits F1 cars are used to, the drive represented an impressive engineering and logistical achievement.

"Of all the places I've driven around the world, Khardung La has got to be the most humbling," Jani said. "The Himalayas are as imposing as anything in the world and to become a part of history here will be a cherished memory."

Anthony Ward, Head of Brand for Red Bull Racing, added: "It is a testament to the engineering crew of Red Bull Racing that we have been able to get a Formula One car running from 11,000 feet, all the way up to the 18,380 feet mark. Logistically too, this project demonstrates Red Bull Racing's commitment to continually pushing boundaries."