THE RED BULL SPEED STREET SINGAPORE EVENT BROUGHT F1 FEVER TO THE HEART OF SINGAPORE’S SHOPPING MECCA
Singapore, April 24 2011 - Former Red Bull Racing driver David Coulthard brought busy Orchard Road to a standstill literally today, as he performed some high revving wheelburning stunts in the RBR running show car before a crowd of more than 50,000 spectators lining an 800m stretch of the world famous thoroughfare.
Said the Scotsman: I enjoyed performing on one of the worlds most glamorous shopping strips today. The street was very smooth and suitable for the speed of the car. The turnout was impressive and I would definitely love to drive in Singapore again.
The Red Bull Speed Street Singapore event came hot on the heels of the similar-named show run in Kuala Lumpur on 3 April, which saw Coulthard entertain a peak period shopping crowd along Jalan Bukit Bintang, the Malaysian capitals main shopping street by giving a demonstration of the awesome power of a Formula 1 car against the unusual backdrop of megamalls and 5-star hotels.
The Red Bull Speed Street Singapore show run followed in a similar vein with the Scot racing down the stretch of Orchard Road starting from the ION Orchard/Marriott Singapore in a showcase which lasted close to an hour.
The public witnessed manoeuvres such as short sprints, burnouts, engine breaks and donuts, which one does not get to see often in actual F1 races. The event featured three runs by the F1 car as well as two filler shows featuring the Audi R8 LMS driven by Malaysian former F1 driver Alex Yoong, and a Renault Megane RS driven by professional French racingdriver and stunt man Frederic Johais.
The Austrian energy drink company, which is fast gaining in popularity amongst F1 aficionados thanks to the double championship winning feat of Red Bull Racing in 2010 and the perfect start to the 2011 campaign by world champion Sebastian Vettel, attracted more than 50,000 spectators for this show car event.
A series of pre-event activation was lined up in the run-up to the event, starting a week ago when the show car went on public display outside the entrance of the Singapore Marriott Hotel until the Easter holiday.
There were also festivities to entice motorsports enthusiasts down at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, where the Red Bull Speed Street event was based, with the Audi R8 LMS and Renaultcars on display since Friday, as well as Red Bull Racing merchandises on sale.
Fans could even take their own cover shoot with the championship winning RB7 race car at the Torque booth while Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Singapore also set up a gaming area featuring the Red Bull X2010 supercar in its PS3 game GT5 alongside four units of race simulators courtesy of Singapore GP, making the event a real motor racing extravaganza.