Red Bull Racing's Neel Jani created history in the presence of Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, as he drove the team's Formula One car at a world record height of 18,380 feet at the Khardung-La pass in the Leh region.
Around the time newly crowned 2011 Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel was establishing his own world record at Suzuka, Japan, the Red Bull Racing team was scaling new heights in India too.
Red Bull Racing driver Neel Jani drove the team's Formula One Show car on the World's Highest Motorable Road at the Khardung-La pass in the Leh region of India at a dizzying height of 18,380 feet.
Red Bull Racing became the first Formula One team to have ever managed to transport, fire-up and drive an F1 car on what is arguably the most challenging driving terrain in the world.
During the journey, Jani and the Red Bull Racing F1 car passed the famous Thiksey Monastery, stopped by the Shanti Stupa and encountered the famous rolling roads of South Pullu.
Anthony Ward, Head of Brand for Red Bull Racing said, “It is a testament to the engineering crew of Red Bull Racing that we have been able to get a Formula One car running from 11,000 feet, all the way up to the 18,380 feet mark. Logistically too, this project demonstrates Red Bull Racing's commitment to continually pushing boundaries.”
For the 27-year-old Jani, this was an experience he's unlikely to forget in a hurry. “Of all the places I've driven around the world, Khardung La has got to be the most humbling. The Himalayas are as imposing as anything in the world and to become a part of history here will be a cherished memory,” said Jani.
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