Driving a multimillion-dollar Formula 1 car must be an exhilarating experience. Well, if you live in the U.K., you might get the chance to see how that experience feels firsthand. Infiniti is currently running a promotion called The Ultimate Test Drive. The grand prize puts one lucky and skilled driver behind the wheel of a real Infiniti F1 race car. The promotion has already been run in Mexico, Russia and the Middle East, and the winners are standing by to compete with those from the U.K. The promotion come to an end on August 16th, 2015.
At the end of the promotion, 25 participants will be picked randomly to move on to the competition phase. The competition includes various challenges on and off the track, and uses a points-based scoring system to determine the grand-prize winner. The driver that proves worthy will train for an entire day with the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team and ultimately get to lay some rubber on the track with a real F1 car in Dubai before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. As a little extra bonus, the winner also gets free admission to the Grand Prix that weekend.
To enter the promotion all you have to do is fill out Infiniti’s application for a test drive, and follow through by completing that test drive before the end of the promotion. It doesn’t matter whether you test-drive the 2016 Infiniti QX50 crossover, the 2015 Infiniti Q70 luxury sedan, or any other Infiniti. You can fill out the application on Infiniti’s website, any Infiniti Center or any approved Infiniti Dealership in the U.K.
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Typically, it’s the drivers and sometimes the team principles that get all the face-time during a Formula 1 season. Occasionally, a member of the pit crew who fails to tighten a wheel nut will get his cringing mug on TV too, but that’s usually not ideal. For every one of these people, there are hundreds more on every team working to ensure each grand prix weekend goes off without a hitch.
To introduce us to these people, Infiniti and Red Bull Racing put together this fascinating series of six videos, each highlighting a specific team member and his or her role. Formula 1 teams are marvels of modern logistics. On top of keeping drivers in top physical condition and continuous car development, personnel, cars, transporters and millions of dollars worth of equipment have to be shipped from one corner of the world to another within narrow timetables.
If you’re interested in knowing how it all gets done, this series is definitely worth your time. First we meet senior composites technician Stuart Jones, who oversees the many carbon-fiber components that comprise an F1 car. Matt Disney is the parts and logistics team leader and ensures that any needed parts reach the team regardless of where they are in the world. Senior garage technician Nigel Hope is basically the head roadie of the team, and manages the packing and transportation of about 50 tons worth of freight to each race. Sarah Cortenay works from the headquarters as the engineering support team leader and provides vital data to the pit wall during each session. Stuart Smith is driver Daniel Ricciardo’s performance coach, and ensures Daniel is mentally and physically prepared for each race. Lastly, we meet physiotherapist John Hammond, who monitors the health of the team in often challenging conditions.
Unfortunately, Formula 1 is one of those sports in which you can do everything right, and things still don’t come together. It’s still early in the season, but Infinity Red Bull Racing has struggled mightily so far. The team was plagued with braking woes in the first few races, and there’s been plenty of finger-pointing between team principle Christian Horner and engine supplier Renault over the performance of this year’s power unit. Red Bull has also been consistently out-paced by their supposed “junior” team at Toro Rosso, but with smart and dedicated individuals like these, we have little doubt the team will be back on championship form soon.
Getting back into civilian life after serving in the armed forces can be an enormously difficult task, especially for injured veterans. Thankfully, the world of auto racing is here to help. Infiniti is partnering with Support Our Paras, a charity benefiting the British Parachute Regiment, to make a bid in the British Touring Car Championship. Working with a race team brings focus and a common goal to strive towards, thus creating a sense of normality for those coming home from war. To this end, the team will consist of several injured paratroopers who will prepare and maintain the cars throughout the BTCC season. Ultimately, the team hopes to develop a veteran to take the spot behind the wheel.
“We’ve set ourselves a number of significant, but achievable targets,” Team Principal Derek Palmer stated in a press release. “Of course we are aware of the challenges ahead of us, but with the united forces of The Paras and Infiniti, we believe we have the power to deliver results in the BTCC.”
Updated 01/07/2015: ‘Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing’ team just announced a new livery for one of its two NGTC Infiniti Q50 race cars that will be raced this season at the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship.
Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50 NGTC Race Car.
The 2014 Formula One season is jam packed with surprises, returning icons and upsets. Mercedes is dominating the points boards, Sebastian Vettel is struggling to get anywhere close to the front of the pack, and turbocharged engines have returned for the first time in more than two decades. What better season to bring a classic Grand Prix back into the fold?
The Austrian Grand Prix has been held 27 times since 1963, but has been absent from the calendar since 2003. Now more than a decade later, the track is under new ownership by Red Bull, and has been completely refurbished with a new track surface, pits and facilities. Thanks to these enhancements, 2014 will be the first time since the 2003 season that mountains of Austria will hear the wail of a Formula One engine.
Red Bull has decided to celebrate the occasion by making us a new video to show off the track and give us an idea of what to look for on June 22, 2014. The video is an exciting look at the new track, but the real fireworks are going to take place at the actual race.
Of every racer on the grid this year, only three have ever participated in a Formula One race at this track: Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button, and Fernando Alonso. Of those, Kimi took second place in 2003. The track is new, the cars are new, and this year’s Formula is the best in recent years.
I’ll get the popcorn.
This Formula One season is looking more and more like a lost cause for every team on the grid not named Mercedes GP. Defending champion Red Bull will likely lose out on the title this year, so in order to pass the time – or at least make it interesting for the four-time champs – the team and its partner Infiniti have taken to launching a new video series called the "A to Z of Formula One."
As the title of the series implies, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastien Buemi, Christian Horner, and Adrian Newey all take turns highlighting key aspects of Formula One tied to each letter of the alphabet.
Some are pretty self-explanatory like (A)erodynamics, (H)elmet, (F)ly-aways, and (I)nterlagos, but other letters represented some pretty interesting aspects of Formula One that are a little more obscure. Items like (C)omputational Fluid Dynamics, (D)rag Reduction System, and (K)inetic Energy Recovery System (or as it’s come to be known now, ERS) are interesting to listen to. What’s more is the excellent way the Red Bull guys explain the complex systems on a level that we all can understand.
The series runs in six different episodes, with the second to sixth episodes after the jump.
More videos after the jump.
For the past four years, no team in Formula One has had as much success as Red Bull. With new regulations beginning in 2014 to even the playing field, we’re curious to see how dominant the reigning champs are going to be.
Fortunately, a lot of things still ring true for the team. It still has four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel on its side. It also still has engineer extraordinaire Adrian Newey. And lastly, it still has quite the car at its disposal with the all-new Red Bull RB10 race car.
Those three things have become the team’s recipe for success in the past four years and if any team has any dreams of upending the current champs from top Mt. Formula One, they’ve certainly got their work cut out for them.
To adhere to the new regulations of the sport, the RB10 was designed with a new nose design, new side pods and multi-tiered front wings. As far as performance goes, power comes in the form of a new 1.6-liter, turbocharged V-6. Also included is an Energy Recovery System that provides an electric boost to powertrain on its way to producing a peak output of 750 horsepower.
The design and overall makeup of the car is unique, as expected from somebody like Newey, and good reason suggests that the team engineers have concocted another winning formula that should equate to another title in the coming season.
At least those are the expectations for the team and knowing Vettel, Newey, and the rest of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, it’s going to take a lot to beat them.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Formula One season
Today, Infiniti and Red Bull unveiled the fourth and final video of their web series that helps us understand how a Formula 1 car is built. After learning about the design, the composites and the manufacturing process, the fourth episode shows us how the build of the car itself takes place in the assembly bays of Milton Keynes HQ.
As usual, the video features a series of interviews from Christian Horner — team principal — about the hard work required to develop a F1 car. Him and his team help you understand the process required to get a F1 car from the drawing board to the racetrack and keep it competitive through an entire season. Of course, this process includes a few secrets, some of which, the video reveals.
If you fell behind on the series, the links to episodes 1, 2 and 3 are here:Episode 1, "Design and R&D" Episode 2, "Composites," Episode 3, "Manufacturing,".
Infiniti and Red Bull continue its series about how to make an F1 car with the third part of the series that explains the manufacturing process. This new video reveals the process the team uses to construct actual pieces of the car and how each F1 car is hand-build by a team of workers.
The RB9 has more than 6,500 unique parts and over 100,000 different components, so you can imagine that the development process is quite complicated, and that each member of the team needs to know exactly what he has to do. Seventy percent of these parts are developed in-house and there are 20 milling machines that develop nearly much every component.
Check out the video (above) if you want to learn the development process behind this great F1 car.
If you are interested, you can also watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the series after the jump.
Earlier this month Infiniti and Red Bull announced plans to reveal a four-part video series that guides us through the development of an F1 car. The two companies promised to reveal part of those "beyond-your-clearance," "need-to-know basis" secrets that transform an F1 car into an amazing piece of engineering.
In the first episode they explained the design and development processes of an F1 car.
Today the second episode called "Composites" was released, and it explains the process the team goes through to construct actual pieces of the car. As usual, the video brings exclusive interviews with team members, but also detailed and artistic footage of the intricate procedures required to make an F1 car.
In the next two episodes you will learn about manufacturing and will discover how the build of the car itself takes place in the assembly bays of our Milton Keynes HQ.
You can see the first episode after the jump.
Developing a racecar suitable for Formula 1 competition can be a pretty difficult task, but it looks like for the folks over at Infiniti and Red Bull, it is a piece of cake, as the two companies teamed up and developed a very successful F1 car.
Infiniti and Red Bull prepared a four-part video that helps us understand how they developed such an amazing car, and we have the first part here.
This first video presents the design and development processes of an F1 car, which normally takes up to five months to complete. You will see exclusive interviews with team members and enjoy detailed and artistic footage of the intricate procedure required to develop a racer.
The development is a pretty complex process, and it starts with the design stage, then moves to the development of a 60-percent scale model, numerous wind tunnel tests and finally, the built of the actual car.
Check out the video above to see it for yourself.
Anytime you win the last three Driver’s and Constructor’s Championships in Formula One, there’s always that level of pressure (in this case, through the roof) to be better than ever before.
That pressure lies on the shoulders of Red Bull Racing, which is looking to win its fourth double championship in as many years. With three-time champ Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at the helm, you can expect these guys to remain in the thick of the championship race and they’ve got the RB9 to help them make it four-in-a-row.
At a special gala event held at the team’s headquarters in Milton Keynes, England, the RB9 officially made its highly anticipated debut. Parts of the overall design of the RB9 were taken from its predecessor, the RB8, including that stepped-nose design that ruffled a whole lot of feathers on the grid last year.
Since regulations for this season are pretty much similar, there weren’t a whole lot of radical modifications to the RB9. In addition to the similar body, the same Renault-sourced naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter V-8 engine complete with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) is still in there too.
If there was any change to the new Formula One car, it’s the livery that now prominently features Infiniti on the side of the racecar instead of the usual Red Bull logo. Now that the former has become the title partner of the team - they’re officially known as Infiniti Red Bull Racing - then it only seems appropriate to have the automaker’s logo displayed where the cameras usually focus.
Other than that, the biggest focus for the team lies in continuing development of their Energy Recovery Systems.
It’s not every day that we bring news of a Formula One world champion starring in a new action film, but that’s not the case today. Sebastian Vettel, the reigning world champion who is still looking for his first win of the 2012 season, is set to take part in a short martial-arts based flick currently being filmed in China.
The film is being made as yet another promotional activity by Infiniti and Red Bull Racing to promote each other’s products. Additionally, Sebastian Vettel has very close ties to the Infiniti brand and you could consider Vettel’s acceptance to take part as a thankful gesture after Infiniti created a special Infiniti FX50 named after him, something unique in and of itself.
Vettel was given some pointers from Chinese actress and Kung Fu master, Celina Jade prior to filming before its release sometime in May 2012. It’s currently unclear just how long the short film will go for, but anything over 10 minutes would come as a big shock to us as we can’t see how this film would generate much, if any, revenue for anyone involved.
Entitled ‘Kung Fu Vettel: Drive of the Dragon,’ the short film will likely be based around Vettel’s career in Formula One and how he continually has to fight off his opponents. Just a tad corny, we know. Vettel’s Red Bull Racing teammate, Mark Webber may also feature in the film, but only a small part is expected.
Vettel had the following to say about the experience, "Well that was the first time I’ve acted in a martial arts movie and it was great fun. It was something totally new for me which was good as I always like new challenges and experiences. I learned that just like with driving, you need balance, control and technique to be good at Kung Fu, but I think I’ll still stick to my usual kind of fighting on track on Sunday!"