You know a video game is awesome when it deems itself as still subject to further improvements even after it’s already being played in households all over the world.
That’s what we think of Gran Turismo 6 because, for all the incredible and realistic gameplay it offers, Polyphony Digital still cranks out updates and downloadable contents like the game depends on it. Even more impressive is the fact that developers can do it barely two weeks after the game hit shelves.
You know where we’re going here. Gran Turismo 6 has a new content gamers can download, and like most of what it’s produced for its predecessors, this one comes with a whole load of new cars and new features, including in-game mentoring coming from four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel.
As for the cars, there’s a list that runs the gamut of Red Bull race cars, ranging from a racing kart all the way to the Red Bull X2014 Junior race car.
There’s a lot to like about this new content but the best thing about it is that it’s free, which means you won’t have to spend an iota to acquire it.
That’s about as good a holiday present as you can get from GT6 at this stage of the game.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Red Bull X2014
When Polyphony Digital announced Gran Turismo 6, it also announced that a series of makers around the globe would develop a series of concept cars especially for the game. With Mercedes and BMW revealing their respective concepts, the folks over at Red Bull Racing have now released their creation.
You shouldn’t be very surprised to hear that Red Bull is providing a concept for GT6, as it did the same thing for GT5 when it released the X2010.
The concept developed for GT6 is called X2014 and it is offered in three different versions: the Red Bull X2014 Fan (X2014/F), the Red Bull X2014 Standard (X2014/S) and the Red Bull X2014 Junior (X2014/J). So, we’re not talking about just one car, but three different concepts imagined for the racing world.
All three of them were designed by Polyphony Digital Inc. in collaboration with Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of four-time F1 champions, Red Bull Racing.
Just like with the other concepts, the new X2014 will be offered exclusively int he GT6, so if you want to drive it, you’ll have to buy the game.
Click past the jump to read more about Gran Turismo 6.
Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber spend inordinate amounts of time in their respective Formula 1 RB9 racecars that it’s hard to imagine them having trouble dressing up a bare model with all of its liveries.
But that’s exactly the predicament the duo found themselves in after the team decided to challenge them to put all of the RB9’s liveries in their proper places. To their credit, Vettel and Webber got a few of the liveries correct, but most of them ended up being either in the wrong place, the wrong direction, and in one case, the wrong order.
Maybe Red Bull technical director, Adrian Newey, was right in his assessment of the two upon seeing the mess Vettel and Webber did to the RB9’s carbon monococque body. "Stick to your day jobs," Newey said.
We’re not about to disagree with that.
Check out how Vettel and Webber did when tasked to dress up the RB9 with all of its sponsors’ liveries. It’ll make for a couple of good laughs that much we’re certain of.
Anytime a new dance craze hits YouTube and goes viral, you can expect pretty much everybody and their puppies to film their own versions of it. It’s happened numerous times in the past.
Now that the Harlem Shake has taken away minutes from a lot of peoples’ lives in the past couple of weeks, it’s only fitting that even people you would’ve thought would be too busy with their jobs would take the time to do their own videos.
Yes, that includes motorsports racing teams.
From Red Bull Racing in Australia to Michael Waltrip Racing, and even Jeff Gordon, everybody’s caught on to the Harlem Shake fever these days.
Check out the videos of Michael Waltrip Racing and Jeff Gordon’s own NASCAR racing team in their own versions of the Harlem Shake. Trust us, you’ll have a good laugh out of it, especially Gordon’s apparently stiff dancing skills.
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.
At some point during the week or maybe even next week, a lot of you are probably going to be on vacation, so you’ll have time to watch something that’s definitely worth your 30 minutes.
This is the story of Red Bull Racing, the three-time Formula One constructor’s champion that’s also the team of one Sebastian Vettel, himself a three-time Formula One driver’s champion. With all the glory and accolades the team has had in the past three years, not a lot of people remember that the team was born in 2005 under some pretty interesting circumstances.
The lineage actually points all the way back to 1996 when three-time F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart signed a deal with Ford to enter F1 with Stewart Grand Prix being its factory team. From there, the team became Jaguar Racing in 1999 where it languished in mediocrity until 2004, the year Red Bull came into the picture before making its F1 debut in 2005.
And the rest, as we say, is history.
Watch the entire 30-minute documentary. It’s worth every minute of it.
A Formula One race car is capable of so many things, but we didn’t know that it could also carry a tune.
While promoting the 2013 Grand Prix of America, which will be held at the Port Imperial Street Circuit in Weehawken, New Jersey, Red Bull Racing gave its F1 racer the platform to sing, of all things, the Star-Spangled Banner.
In this video, the race car stretches its vocal chords with an impressive rendition of America’s national anthem, complete with high-pitches and dives that are eerily similar to how we sing our beloved anthem. Sure, there were some pitch issues here and there, but not enough to warrant scolding, especially when the singer in this instance, happens to be an actual race car.
Check out the video of Red Bull Racing’s F1 car doing its best Star-Spangled Banner rendition in the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty. Certainly, it doesn’t get any more American than this.
Travis Pastrana and his 2013 Dart rally car have had a run of bad luck in this year’s Global RallyCross Championship, as a series of crashes have knocked him out of just about every race. Well, Travis’ run of bad luck appears to be coming to an end, as the Dart he pilots finally won a RallyCross race.
The win came on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend and it began nearly as well as it ended. Travis pulled in a 3rd place start, giving him an advantage over the majority of the field. He took advantage of his great positioning to overcome the two cars ahead of him and pull out the checkered flag in this heat.
Thanks to that win in his heat, Pastrana got a front-row seat to start the final race and managed to secure and keep hold of 1st place through the race. Needless to say, Travis has been rather disappointed with his results so far this year, as he was quoted saying “It’s been so long, I almost forgot what it’s like to win.”
Pastrana is definitely a TopSpeed favorite, thanks to his openness to hop in front of the camera and give us witty comments, awesome rally videos, or even challenge his own teammates, so to see him finally bring home a checkered flag is nice. Here’s to many more this year and we hope the worst is behind him.
Travis and his Dart tackle their next race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 28th and 29th.
You can check out the above video to see the summary of the entire event.
We’ve already documented the friendly “feud” between Red Bull teammates Travis Pastrana and Sebastien Loeb. We knew from Loeb’s acceptance video to Pastrana’s challenge that his team was working on a new version of the Citroën DS3 tuned specifically for his X-Games and RallyCross debut.
An important part of making a completely different version of a racecar is the fact that the driver has to thoroughly test it. That’s to be expected, but in true Red Bull style, they made a rather dramatic review of the car and put it on the Interwebz for us all to enjoy. While the actual car footage is scarce in the video, its awesomeness makes up for lack of volume. The absolute symphony of noise that this car makes is enough to raise the hair on the backs of our necks. It’s like the automotive version of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
In the video, Loeb lets us know that the X-Games version of the DS3 is far more powerful than the one he runs in the WRC. Citroën racing engineer, Cyrille Jourdan, chimes in to give us an idea of just how fast this car is, telling us that it hits 60 mph in less than 3 seconds – talk about a ”hot hatch,” sheesh.
The laidback Loeb proceeds to let us know the obvious, that it’s “fun to drive” this finely tuned automotive gem. Seeing the stacks of worn out tires just mere seconds after he says that it’s fun shows us that he has definitely had his fair share of fun with it. We say it’s time he gives us a crack at it!
You can see the video above and make sure to crank up your speakers to catch every last decibel that this wonderful machine puts out. It’s simply awesome.
To say that F1 is struggling is a bit of an understatement. First, the lack of parity has somewhat alienated fans and sponsors, as Red Bull and Ferrari both pulled corporate association last year. Then came the delay in releasing F1 stock on the Singapore stock market, citing worldwide economic unrest as its main reason, though we tend to think F1 officials are waiting for the time when the sport regains its footing.
The latest bit of F1 business news that may indicate that F1 is in for a tough future is the fact that F1’s majority owner, CVC Capital, has sold down its share in the racing series. It’s one thing if a majority owner dumps 5 of 6 percent of its stock, that’s simply business, but when an owner dumps 1/5 of its stack, that is a little more serious.
CVC Capital dumped $1.6 billion first and has more recently dropped another $500 million of its F1 ownership, dropping its overall stake from a hefty 63.4 percent to just 42.5 percent. The total sale was split amongst three different investment groups.
CVC still remains the majority shareholder, but its drastic drop is rather ominous. Does this mean that CVC sees something on the horizon that could cause the worth of F1 to drop significantly? We really don’t know, but there is no other reason to drop over 20 percent of your ownership in such a short period of time. Add this drop to the lack of two monster-sized corporate racing sponsors – Red Bull and Ferrari – not being a part of F1 and you can start seeing the writing on the wall that marks change.
There is no way that F1 would simply fold up, but we suspect that there will be some serious restructuring coming down the pipe very soon. We’ll keep you updated as more news becomes available.
Earlier in 2012, Renault unveiled the Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 Edition in order to celebrate the 2011 Formula 1 Constructors’ world title. Now the company is continuing the party with a new Twingo RS Red Bull Racing RB7 and an announcement for the production of a Megane R.S. This special Twingo will only be offered in 10 countries in Europe and will go on sale in June 2012.
Just like the previous Clio R.S, the new Twingo will be distinguished by design cues from Renault Sport including a forceful front-end styling and a large, vertically-mounted logo set to a black background. The front bumper gets a Formula 1-style blade, while at the rear there will be bigger wheel arches, lip spoiler, and diffuser. The model is painted in a very cool Pearlescent Black combined with Sirius Yellow on the F1-style blade, door mirror housings and lip spoiler.
The interior gets yellow stitching for the steering wheel, seats, and dash cowling, plus gloss black inserts for the dashboard and audio console.
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!"
Casio Computer Ltd in cooperation with Red Bull Racing have previously announced the Edifice range of exclusive, limited edition watches. And the second in the series is the A1000. The watch has been launched as a celebration of the the final race of the season - a season of course dominated by Red Bull. The new A1000 watch is limited to only 100 units.
The watch has been built under the supervision of the Red Bull Racing team and features blue highlights on the dial and the lower layer of the bezel to match the team colors. These items have been combined with a red second and red dial marks. And as this is a watch inspired by the automotive world carbon fiber couldn’t miss. It has been used to build the watch face and bezel.
The A1000 has been equipped with an electronic crown switch and Casio’s unique "Smart Access" system. It also uses five motors to independently operate hour, minute and second hands. The watch is water resistant by 100 meters and comes with a 1/20-second stopwatch. And the best part is that is uses a solar battery so you won’t have to worry about changing batteries.
Some may consider Red Bull’s Formula One race cars some of the ugliest race cars out there, but no one can deny their abilities. Last year, Red Bull pulled in 12 wins, 27 podiums, and 18 pole positions. They may not be the prettiest, but they deliver, as will the RB7’s successor, the RB8.
The Red Bull RB8 is the continuation of the RB7, but modified to obey the new FIA regulations. The company has only provided a few details for the new racer, such as the addition of a new nose and an updated rear end. The chassis benefits from further aerodynamic refinements and we’re assuming the engine has been tweaked here and there as well.
"The restriction nose height which is a maximum height just in front of the front bulkhead hasn’t really changed the chassis shape very much. We’ve kept more or less the same chassis shape, but had to drop the nose just in front of the front bulkhead. The exhaust allowed us to run a high rear ride height, it’s much more difficult without that to sustain a high rear height so we have to go back down and have to redevelop the car around that lower ride height," said Adrian Newey.
Sebastian Vettel made history when he became the youngest driver ever to become an F1 champion, and not just once, but twice in two consecutive years. Polyphony Digital will commemorate this historic event by offering the Red Bull X2010 fantasy vehicle for a limited time to anyone who logs into Gran Turismo 5.
The Red Bull X2010 racecar is the ultimate driving machine. A fantasy vehicle found exclusively in Gran Turismo 5, the X2010 was created as a joint project between Red Bull Racing and Gran Turismo makers Polyphony Digital. It was designed with only one purpose in mind: to go fast as possible, free of any and all racing regulations. A perfect vehicle for just about any enthusiast, don’t you think?
Next to this, GT5 will receive a series of improvements including a cabin view for all the cars, 11 new NASCAR racers, and the possibility to save within the race. All this and they still decided to drop the price, from $59.99 to $39.99.
No, you’re eyes aren’t deceiving you. In the event that you live in Austin, Texas, and you’ve seen a Red Bull Formula 1 car in and around your streets over the past few days, that’s not some mirage.
That is an actual Red Bull Racing show car with no less than former F1 driver, David Coulthard, behind the wheel. Coulthard is in town for a promotional event for the inaugural 2012 US Grand Prix in Austin, Coulthard and the rest of the Red Bull team spent three days participating in a number of local events, including being chased by cowboys on a Texas wild game ranch owned by billionaire Red McCombs, doing donuts in front of the Texas state capitol building in Austin, and having Texas state troopers stop and have photos taken with you.
On a more racing level, Coulthard also became the very first driver to drive around the Circuit of the Americas, the new venue that will host the US Grand Prix this time next year.
The anticipation leading up to Formula One’s return to America has been steadily building over the past few months, and Red Bull is kick-starting the buzz by running wild all over the Lone Star State.
Let’s hope we’ll see Ferrari, McLaren, and the rest of the teams follow suit.
There are a lot of things in life that can be counted as daring exploits. This, however, isn’t one of them.
A nutjob fan attending a Red Bull sponsored exhibition event in Japan decided that it would be a good idea to jump over a moving Red Bull F1 car, proving that idiocy can always get you your 15 seconds of fame, albeit for all the wrong reasons.
As Scuderia Toro Rosso driver, Sebastian Buemi, was driving the Red Bull showcar back to the pits at a reasonably slow 30 mph, the fan jumped from nowhere and proceeded to clear - or at least attempt to - the moving F1 car. Unfortunately, even his best high-jump impersonation was not, ahem, high enough and his legs just ended up clipping the top of Buemi’s race car.
Despite his random act of lunacy, the fan suffered no serious injuries, but as the video evidently shows, his stunt will now go down in You Tube infamy as one of the dumbest things anybody could do to get some attention.