Who’s Stronger: A Red Bull F1 Car or Rugby Players?
As far as racing machines go, Formula 1 cars are the veritable tip of the spear. Brutally fast, seriously lightweight, and monstrously powered, they’ve proven more than a match for opponents on both two and four wheels. But just how does a Formula 1 car, specifically a Red Bull F1 car, fare against a bunch of big fellas with tree trunks for legs and grippy spikes in their cleats? The Red Bull F1 team wanted to find out, so they sent their driving ace Daniel Ricciardo to the UK’s Bath Rugby Club for a bit of a challenge. Outside the club’s stately Farleigh House training facility, Ricciardo and eight Bath rugby players squared off in a unique man-versus-machine scrum. Who wins? Take a peek below to find out. RELATED: Watch a Red Bull F1 Car Go Racing on Ski Slopes
As far as the numbers go, it doesn’t look great for the rugby lads. Ricciardo has the benefit of a race-tuned Renault V8, kicking out a massive 1,000 horsepower per ton in his 2012 Red Bull RB8, which delivered Sebastian Vettel the third of his driver’s championships and Red Bull its third constructor’s title. The eight Bath Rugby Club players on the other hand have brute force and a combined weight of around 1,900 pounds.
As the video shows, putting down the power in a Formula 1 car is quite a bit harder without air flowing over those many aerodynamic wings and louvers.
And that great closing shot at the end? Apparently that punt-to-fade-to-black was unplanned, Ricciardo just happened to land one very well-place and very accidental kick on the rather unsuspecting (and expensive) camera drone.
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"I was excited about the challenge as it's definitely something I've never experienced before,” noted Ricciardo. “But my competitiveness kicked in, the Honey Badger took over, and I was determined to beat them!”
You win this time, rugby players of the world.
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