The Red Bull racing team is just one point away from taking the 2011 F1 World Championship but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for some leisure activities. The highly resourced and highly funded team has a demonstration squad of workers and cars which travel to all corners of the globe.
The latest promotional stunt took the Red Bull crew to India where they decided to scale the world’s highest road. Neel Jani, a Swiss driver of Indian ancestry, drove the 2005 RB1 that was converted for use by the demo team up Khardung La. The famous Tibetan mountain pass goes through the Himalayas and is widely regarded as the highest-altitude drivable road in the world. This made for some challenging conditions for an F1 team which is used to operating much closer to sea level.
The chosen route saw Jani and the RB1 ascend more than 7,000 feet – from 11,000 above sea level to 18,830 feet above. Along the way the car passed the famous Thiksey Monastery and the Shanti Stupa shrine, both important sites to Buddhists around the world but not areas where you’re likely to find fans of either F1 or Red Bull energy drink.