Red bull are rocketing along the glory roadway in 2011 Formula-1 with Sebastian Vettel already grabbing the acclaimed title of F-1 World Championship with still 4 races left in the season. Talking about the constructers’ championship, Red Bull has one hand on the trophy for that too. So what else have Red Bull left to do in this season where everything has gone awesomely right for them? In essence there is nothing left to do but finish the rest of races left in this year’s Formula-1 calendar and get to work on developments for the 2012 season. Hang on a second, Red Bull are not stopping at this amazing feat they have managed to achieve this year as they are going off track to do something that is equally exciting.
The purple patch that Red Bull team has hit owing to their hard work has allowed them to explore other facets of their expertise. During the weekend leading up to the Japanese Grand Prix, the team’s demo squad was in India to conquer the highest drivable road (in terms of altitude) Khardung La pass, which is the Tibetan mountain pass through Himalayas. Definitely the F-1 team had to make some changes to the car to counter the harsh weather conditions and jack up the ride height of the otherwise very low ride-heighted Red Bull car. The 2005 RB1 car was driven by team’s test driver Neel Jani (Swiss driver of Indian ancestry origin) uphill at a height of 7,000 feet going up to the famous Thiksey Monastery and Shanti Stupa shrine at almost 18,830 feet.
This is truly remarkable considering the low oxygen levels at this height would have made life difficult for the team, driver and the car itself which depends on high level of air inflow for peak performance. This is a record in itself as red Bull has now become the first and only team to drive their Formula-1 vehicle in such difficult terrains at such nauseating heights. No wonder they sported a banner saying “On top of the World!” alongside the car after completing this mind-boggling achievement.