You may have seen the Seven Star Spin from Infiniti Red Bull Racing which was released to celebrate winning the Formula One Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships for the fourth consecutive year. However Red Bull just released the behind the scenes footage and this really was quite the show. We are always impressed with David Coulthard, and this is certainly another feather in his cap. Infiniti Red Bull Racing provide this behind the scenes account of how its 750bhp Formula One car did donuts and burnouts 210 metres above the sea, on a helipad 24 metres wide.
After a series of rigorous tests on the ground and then on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab, to test its surface for weight tolerance, grip and movement, the Red Bull Seven Star Spin project transformed from an idea into reality.
A day prior to the stunt, while scouting what is fast becoming the most famous helipad in the world, Tony Burrows, Infiniti Red Bull Racing Support Team Manager said: “Great view from up here. This is probably one of the scariest show runs we’ve done!”
Shortly after the last site visit and under the cloak of darkness in the early hours of the morning, a wind speed reading below 12 knots was the last obstacle the team had to clear before getting the go ahead for a safe lift.
The car was mounted on a purpose built frame and transported at sunrise from Skydive Dubai by helicopter. Its route circled around the Palm Jumeirah before approaching the Burj Al Arab.
While the car made its way towards the Burj Al Arab against a stunning backdrop of Dubai landmarks, the man who was soon to become the first to ever run a car on the helipad, David Coulthard said: “There was a lot of safety planning ahead of the event. We had to make sure that the structural integrity of the helipad was acceptable for doing donuts. We also knew that if the wind went above 12 knots we’d have to call it off. But, as you can see, conditions are perfect and I think we’re going create quite a wake-up call for Dubai.”
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