Most Extreme RedBuller? - Vettel / F1 or Felix / Stratos - SHAKEDOWN

Uploaded by drive on 15.10.2012


LEO PARENTE: Red Bull had quite a day October 14, 2012.
Vettel dominated the Korea GP and took over the F1 Driver's
Championship lead.
Four wins to date on the way to a third straight
Racing against more ex-world champions than Schumy and
Senna had a battle, right?
And Felix Baumgartner set a world record for unassisted
V-max skydiving--
24 miles--
39 kilometers of record breaking free fall.
And breaking the speed of sound on the way down, hitting
834 miles per hour.
There he goes and oh my god!
He did that 65 years after Chuck Yeager first did the
sound barrier breaking thing, but with a rocket plane.
I seem to be doing a lot of Red Bull stuff on "Shakedown"
these days, the last three shows featured Red Bull
images, teams and racers, but don't blame me.
Red Bull has built its brand by attaching itself to a lot
of the best of the best, most extreme performers doing the
unusual beyond the realm of normal.
And that sets up for our look at both achievements from
October 14, analyzed the "Shakedown" way, with facts
and food for thought.
Setting up a question for you-- which Red Buller--
Sebastian or Felix--
is delivering the most impressive accomplishments?
When I'm done, the answer may not be as easy as dropping
from the ground.
I think I just killed Felix.
Come back.
Felix Baumgartner has done some amazing things in his Red
Bull base jumping career-- off the tallest buildings, down
into caves, the world's shortest jump, only 95 feet,
and across the 22 mile English Channel.
Red Bull Stratos jumping from the stratosphere-- or as we
all call it, [BLEEP]
it was pretty stout work too.
And he did it, setting three records-- total free fall
distance, 119,846 feet versus the old record, 102,000 feet.
Highest altitude in a balloon and the jump off point, 24
miles, 39 kilometers versus 19.5 miles before.
Fastest free fall speed-- ready for this?
834 miles an hour versus 614 for the old.
Yes, that's faster than the speed of sound, which is 768
miles an hour.
The dude was going Mach 1.24, each kilometer in under three
seconds, a mile in 4.5.
OK, that's faster than the RB8 that Vettel drives.
Felix pulled some significant G's too--
3.5 G's.
And if it was sustained for six seconds, a drogue safety
chute would have automatically deployed, but it never did.
But the guy saved himself from a flat spin, which depending
on what I read, was an 8 G event or a 37 negative G
scare, with a 240 RPM rotation to fight off.
So he's definitely an athlete, not just a falling rock.
And he stuck the landing.
Yes, there was a ton of technology at work to let
Felix do his job.
Just like with Vettel and F1, with technology making his Red
Bull RB8 race to the front look pretty
damn impressive too.
And that's why we get to ask the comparison question.
Who's pulling off the most impressive Red Bull
Felix Baumgartner or our boy Sebastian Vettel-- on his way
now to a third straight world championship?
He'll be the youngest to do that.
He is already the world's youngest to win a championship
and a double.
Only Fangio winning four straight and Schumy winning
five compare.
The other multiple champions since 1950 are two timers just
like Vettel is now--
Ascari, Brabham, Prost, Senna, Hakkinen, Alonso.
So let's do a "Shakedown" comparison of these Red
Bullers with some info fodder to fill your brain, to help
you think about the question--
who's banging out the most impressive accomplishments?
And then you give us all your considered answer and opinion.
So here we go.
The first category is active athlete.
Let's start with Felix.
Let's not get all sausage festy "Brokeback Mountain"
here, but jeez, guess he's an athlete.
And he didn't just drop himself to the ground.
He had to control the fall, manage the equipment, make
decisions, anticipate, react, and oh yeah-- stay alive.
By the way, somehow he had to slow himself down from that
834 miles per hour to 172 to pull the chute.
Now, sure there was drag from the atmosphere as it got
thicker, but the guy was flying his body.
Let's go to Vettel.
Do we really need to cover the racer as jock discussion?
Again, it's all about his athleticism.
To control the equipment, his aerobics, his strength,
endurance, making decisions, anticipating, reacting, and
the precision to run that car at the limit.
Oh, and remember the G load soundbite for Felix?
Well, F1 cars do 1.45 G in acceleration, but up to 6 G's
in breaking.
And the same 6 G max in cornering.
And F1 is headed to Turkey next, where the famed four
apex turn eight puts Vettel and his compatriots under at
that 6 G load for seven full seconds.
There's no safety drogue chute here.
Second category, the science.
Both programs have to do with speed, safety, air
which gets me to the latest updates on the RB8.
And I'm giving credit to Gordon McCabe and his blog
site "McCabisms" for looking beyond the double-DRS stuff to
analyze why Red Bull is back to world domination mode after
the 2012 season started with what--
going eight races to get a repeat winner--
six for a chassis repeat winner, with Red Bull's Weber
winning after Vettel did it earlier.
But now, the RB8 is the strongest car in qualifying
mode, for sure with the double-DRS help,
and now, in the race.
McCabe breaks down the novel airflow management that Newey
built into the RB8 down the side of the car into an
underpass in the back, and out through a legal double
diffuser design that energizes the prime diffuser.
And you see there the double slot.
And if we look up close, you can really see it work.
But according to McCabe's analysis, the real trick is
how the science of the air is pulled all along
the side of the car--
front wing to rear diffuser--
making more down force overall.
And then, with the Newey double diffuser kicked on,
when it stalls the rear air, it slows the side flow suck,
and takes drag off the front wings too.
All of it to reduce drag, increase V-max.
Read "McCabism--" very cool.
Whether he's right or half right, the science is awesome.
And thanks F1 Fanatic for the rendering.
All of which gets us to technology.
And both Red Bull Stratos and Red Bull Racing apply mega
tech to do the following tasks--
carry stuff, control, adjustment, protection,
performance, communications.
So as you're making your comparison evaluation of which
of these two programs is pulling off the most
impressive accomplishments, think how each does the above
tasks technically.
And add to that task list if you think I'm missing stuff.
Next team.
Go to the Stratos website and see all the people assembled
and their skills that got Felix up and down
And think about Red Bull Racing too and their team
count in skill sets.
Other criteria in this evaluation--
Really, the scale of the programs.
And media attention.
First time impact.
Impact-- a word I should never use when discussing either
racing or skydiving.
And the sustained media performance.
In effect, how long will the story
matter and sustain itself.
And the last category for me for this comparison is the one
that every Twitter jokers use to make their point about
Felix and his big accomplishment.
And then I think also matters for great
Grand Prix racers too.
It's balls.
Now, I'll leave it to you to discuss the balls of Felix
And here he is getting ready to launch himself 24 miles up.
And I wonder what body part he's thinking about now.
His head, his er or--
oh my god.
And I'll leave it to you to discuss Sebastian Vettel's
balls on your own too.
Just don't get us all banned from YouTube for pornographic
commenting please.
So that's it.
Adding your own categories and criteria
to answer the question--
which Red Bull accomplishments are the most
impressive to you?
Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull Stratos jumping faster than
the speed of sound from space or Sebastian Vettel and Red
Bull Racing kicking butt on the way to a third straight
world championship?
Now, we're off to Atlanta, Georgia and the American Le
Mans final race, the Petit Le Mans 10
hour endurance challenge.
And I am A, not jumping out of the plane, and B, the only G's
for me will be on Prix grid gazing at the Falcon tire
girls, as in, gee, you think?
No Leo, this is an ALMS event, not an AARP
speed dating hook up.