A few weeks ago, Pepe Jeans held a Facebook Competition for people to have a tour around the Red Bull F1 Factory.
I was really excited when I was invited along and seriously felt like Charlie going to the Chocolate Factory (Yes: I was expecting Oompa Loompa equivalents!) I'm a huge racing fan and have spent numerous weekends watching the F1 on TV, so there was no way I was refusing.
It was an early start for me, with our coach due to leave at 10am, from Notting Hill, with an hour and half drive to the factory, in Milton Keynes.
After initial introductions, we had a presentation from one of the expert engineers and I learnt so much about the Red Bull F1 cars and their history.
Red Bull first bought the, then owned by Jaguar, company back in 2004 and have been going strong since then. Their two current drivers are Mark Webber and the very attractive Sebastian Vettel, who is currently the world's youngest world champion.
We also learnt about te aerodynamics of a car. The wings are built facing downwards (the opposite of a planes wings), so that they push the care downwards and make the tires grip to the ground. My favourite part of the presentation was learning aout what goes on during a pitstop (it's my favourite part to atch during a race as well.) We were told about the atmosphere during one and it sounded amazing. Apparently the guys only go out 30 seconds before the car is due and everything is calm until the car comes. Then it's manic for the few seconds the car is there and then completely calm afterwards.
Don't these cars look amazing. They're made from Carbon Fibre, which is really lightweight and delicate, but they break really sharply, so can be really dangerous for tires when there are accidents on the tracks.
After some delicious lunch, we went for a tour around the factory. Understandably, we weren't able to take pictures durig this part. It was great to see all the machinary that goes into making an F1 car and seeing all the different processes and the soul that goes into it. We even managed a sneak peek at a bit of the car for the upcoming season!
We also found out a bit about the drivers opinions about driving. We were told that, apparently, according to David Coulthard, driving an F1 car can be really painful and can feel like you've been beaten up. And apparently the biggest shock for new drivers is braking as it's so powerful. The force is so strong that it's like having the weight of 5 people on you when you brake!
I found out that David Coulthard has is own charity as well, which he started when he was at Red Bull. It's called 'Wings for Life' and is dedicated to the 'Spinal Cord Research Foundation'. He even had a car dedicated to it, where people woould pay £10 to have their picture put on the racing car and all proceeds went to charity.
Overall, it was a great day, as I learnt a lot and saw some spectacular cars and designs. It was definitely a really out of the ordinary day for me and perfect for an F1 fan.
Are you an F1 or a car fan and what do you think of these cars?
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