Red Bull Racing driver Neel Jani took the high road, quite literally, when he drove the Red Bull Racing Formula One show car along the 18,380ft-high Khardung La pass in the Ladakh region of India.
Neel Jani's drive from Leh to Khardung La makes Red Bull Racing the first Formula One team to have transported, fired-up and driven one of its cars along what is arguably the most challenging driving terrain in the world.
Red Bull Racing driver Neel Jani and a windworn pile of Buddhist prayer flags in Ladakh - the land of high passes.
Barely a week after Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo dazzled New Delhi with his driving skills, it was Neel Jani’s turn to go down in history. A Swiss driver of Indian origin, Neel took the Red Bull Racing car along the various roads that cut through the Leh region in India’s extreme north.
Ladakh is strongly influenced by Tibetan culture. Here, monks and F1 technicians make contact for the first time.
During the journey, the Red Bull Racing Formula One car passed the famous Thiksey Monastery, stopped by the Shanti Stupa and encountered the notorious rolling roads of South Pullu.
Legend says Buddha travelled to Deer Park, near Benares, where he set in motion the Wheel of Dharma. Neel gets ready to set in motion his own wheels.
Neel was greeted along the way by the Chief Minister of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah. He flagged off a part of Neel's historic journey.
The beautiful oasis of Leh within the high beige peaks of the Himalayas.
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 11,000ft, all the way up to the 18,380ft mark. Logistically, too, this project demonstrates Red Bull Racing’s commitment to continually pushing boundaries.'
The road to Khardung La.
For 27-year-old Neel Jani – who took part in Red Bull Racing’s journey to Table Mountain in South Africa – this was an experience he's unlikely to forget anytime soon. '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,' he said.
Change of tyres from slicks to grooves.
The Red Bull Speed Street Leh project marks another milestone for Red Bull Racing, adding to other impressive runs, including the Formula One Santo Domingo Beach Run and the Canadian Red Bull Frozen One on ice.
The RB7 and the snowy peaks of Khardung-La.
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