The 18-year-old Torro Rosso driver recently took a Red Bull show car for a spin on a specially-designed section of the legendary Streif ski course in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
The vehicle was the same one Daniel Ricciardo piloted in a series of drag races at Perth Speed Fest late last year, but required few modifications.
Red Bull’s demonstration team raised the height of the car — which had to be flown onto the mountain by a helicopter — and fitted it with studded tyres and snow chains.
“The engine technicians changed the engine map to make it more driveable so he has more control with the throttle,” one of Red Bull’s team members said. “We have an 800 horsepower rear wheel drive car, which obviously on snow is very challenging for the driver. But really apart from the software changes, there aren’t a lot of changes we can make.”
Verstappen dazzled onlookers at the location, which sits 1600m above sea level, with a flurry of drive-bys and donuts. “It was really cool and was so much fun,” Verstappen said. “Keeping the car on the track was a real challenge.”
Dr Helmut Marko, a former driver who serves as an advisor to the Red Bull F1 Team, said it was another example of Red Bull pushing the boundaries. “We don’t think about why things aren’t happening, but rather how they can happen,” Marko said.
“Since I’ve been at Red Bull, I am hardly surprised about anything anymore, but this show run today was quite something,”
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