Red Bull Racing have brought their RB7 Formula 1 racing car to Cape Town and gave a unique demonstration of the of the engines roar playing Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.
Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard will be driving the car in a demonstration in the Cape Town CBD that is free to the general public.
The RB7 is a Formula 1 racing car designed by the Red Bull Racing team for the 2011 season. It was driven by then defending champion Sebastian Vettel and Australian driver Mark Webber. The car helped the team secure both the constructors and driver’s championships earning 12 wins in 19 races.
A marvel of engineering the car is among the most dominant in Formula 1 history and is capable of generating a terrific din.
The RB7 is powered by a Renault 2,400 cc (146.5 cu in) 90° V8 engine, limited to 18,000 RPM with KERS.
Anyone near the Cape Town CBD will hear the distinctive sound of a Formula 1 car, but a day out from the event organizers showed just how much that noise can be manipulated.
Vettell nicknamed the chassis of the RB7 Kinky Kylie, here Kylie treats us to a rendition of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.
The Red Bull Cape Town Circuit event will feature a number of demonstrations of the capabilities of the Formula 1 car and an assortment of surprise exhibitions.
In an interview with the Cape Times David Coulthard explained why he is thrilled to be the man to drive the car in Cape Town.
“I still have a wonderful relationship with Red Bull Racing and over the past 10 years I’ve had the opportunity to take the team’s show cars to some fantastic places around the world,” Coulthard said.
“Jumping back into the Formula 1 car is amazing, as it allows me to be reminded of the complexities and technologies in the sport but, more importantly, this is a wonderful opportunity for me to play a small part in bringing Formula 1 back to the people and the children in particular.
“Back to South Africa, a country that hasn’t hosted a Grand Prix since 1993.”
The event takes place on Sunday 1 June in Cape Town’s city centre.