Over the years Red Bull has sponsored some great soapbox races, each featuring a number of wild and wacky homebrew vehicles. This video looks back at six of the all-time great race performances, from an Easter Island statue on wheels to a couple of eggs in a frying pan. The backwards camper is our favorite.
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Red Bull just built the world’s largest pinball machine. Then they turned freerunner Pasha ‘the Boss’ Petkuns into a human pinball, sending him sliding, swinging, and flipping his way through the 65-foot tall playfield which they set up at a 45° angle for an added challenge.
During the winter, whitewater kayaker Aniol Serrasolses took his one-man boat to the summit of a Chilean volcano, then rode it down the snowy slope – descending from its peak on the powder at speeds up to 100 km/h, or about 62 mph. If that’s not enough, he hit the rapids and pulled a double-kickflip maneuver at the bottom.
Red Bull stunt pilot Dario Costa is now the first person to ever fly a plane through two tunnels back-to-back. His flight only lasted 43.44 seconds, but the 1.4-mile flight between Istanbul’s Çatalca Tunnels is truly a thing of beauty. The fact that he took off from inside of the first tunnel is equally mind-blowing.
Austrian Red Bull athlete and trial biker Tom Öhler takes a wild ride down the Piz Boé, a mountain in Italy that peaks at more than 10,000 feet. As he descends down the narrow and rocky trails, just inches stand between his custom mountain bike and the deadly drop-offs. Go behind the scenes of the shoot at 3:00.
Enduro racer Mani Lettenbichler takes us behind the scenes of the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, also known as the hardest dirt bike race in the world. The race takes place in a steep, rocky, rutted, and unforgiving mine in Austria. Sadly, the 2021 event was canceled due to the pandemic, but the race will return in 2022.
The Red Bull Soapbox Race is known for its madcap mix of creative, over-engineered, and downright oddball gravity-powered cars. In this video, the catalog seven of the worst designed vehicles, which were destined to fail spectacularly on race day. Who in their right mind thought rear-wheel steering was a good idea?
Gustavo Ribeiro, Jost Arens, Madars Apse, and Vladik Scholz take on a custom-built skatepark that tilts like one of those wooden marble laybrinths. As they skate through the hydraulically-tilted course, they find themselves pursued by giant metal marbles. Be sure to stick around for the behind-the-scenes footage at the end.
MTB master Brandon Semenuk takes us on a thrilling ride through the woods of Hakuba Valley, Japan in this clip from Red Bull and Revel Co.’s Light Speed. Watch in awe as Semenuk pulls some epic powerslides, flips, and tricks, as the beautiful and exotic scenery rushes by.
Athlete Jason Paul showed off his amazing freerunning skills on the streets of Frankfurt, Germany, then the guys from Red Bull played the whole thing in reverse, making his already impressive tricks even more magical. The backwards staircase and dump truck slides were our favorite effects.
Drop right in the middle of the Red Bull District Ride urban MTB freeride through Nuremberg, courtesy of a 360º camera mounted atop one of its rider’s helmets. We suggest watching it a few times from different angles, like backwards, or looking down on the guy’s helmet.
A road legal car that’s faster than a 2015 F1 car. That’s the AM-RB 001’s threat – er, promise. Its 100% carbon fiber body and wheels, and custom V12 give the car a 1bhp:1kg ratio, and a unique underbody helps generate massive downforce. Aston will produce just 124 cars.
The Red Bull Hardline is a treacherous downhill mountain bike run in the hills of Wales. This year’s course is so hard that designer Dan Atherton and several other pros got injured while attempting it. Here’s Dan’s brother Gee on a practice run. Contest results here.