According to Google Maps, the drive from New York City to Miami will take about 19 hours. That’s if you average 67 miles per hour in your sensible family car. Including stops for fuel and food, that means you have to travel at about 75 mph on the freeway. If you have something faster, say, Red Bull Recipe first car, it can actually go 1,250 miles in 11 hours.
That’s probably way more serious than what Red Bull’s newest video creator ever intended. Miami grand opening The ad is a glimpse of what would happen if Red Bull driver Sergio “Checo” Pérez actually had to drive from NYC to Miami in F1 racer. It started with a call from captain Christian Horner, who told Pérez to come to Miami in May (the inaugural race in Florida is scheduled for May 8). In New York’s sirens, Pérez mistook “May” for “today” and, as the saying goes, for racing.
We get a lot of entertaining footage of a Red Bull RB7 just driving through the streets of the Big Apple. Naturally, he stops at a Chinatown to pick up a Red Bull before the epic road trip and stepped outside to see the parking ticket – or “summon” in the locals’ parlance – in the cockpit. There is also a stop in front of a giant Tag Heuer billboard, as it is one of the main sponsors for the team.
If we wanted to pick nits, the car is technically an older machine from 2011, powered by Renault engine from the V8 era of Formula 1. Although it has been reworked with the graphics of the current Honda-powered RB16B, including the “H” logo.
While the 11-minute video (11 is Pérez’s race number) is entertaining, we were a bit disappointed that it skipped from New York to Florida. What is a trip along I-95 without a stop South of the border?
At Sunshine State, Pérez faced off against several other Red Bull athletes from the worlds of skateboarding, windsurfing and tennis, as well as the Dolphins and Byron Jones. However, it’s mostly just fun to see an F1 car on a public road, whizzing past imperfections like the Weight Shake.
Of course, in real life, the car would have to stop to refuel about seven or eight times, and the distance to Miami even surpassed the longest race of more than 1,000 miles. Pérez will also have to change tires many times, because the average F1 tire is not designed to last more than a few hundred miles. Assuming he has a race team stationed every 200 miles or so, and our nation’s crumbling roads don’t break his car into pieces or turn Pérez’s ass into a raw hamburger, then theoretically you can run for 11 hours. Just don’t try it.