These pictures show possibly the fastest commute between New Jersey and New York in history as a Formula 1 car travels at 190mph and takes less than 30 seconds to travel through New York’s Lincoln Tunnel.
Motoring his 900 horse-powered vehicle under the Hudson River, former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard raced from New Jersey to Manhattan and completed a journey that would take three minutes at the legal speed limit if there was zero traffic – which is rare.
The 1.5 mile long Lincoln Tunnel, which carries 120,000 cars a day, was closed in the early hours of Wednesday morning to allow Coulthard and the British-based Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team to play out every New Yorker’s fantasy.
‘The test drive is meant to bring the world’s attention to New Jersey and New Jersey’s attention to Formula 1 racing,’ said Tony Burrows, Red Bull Racing’s Support Team Manager.
Designed as a street circuit with the Manhattan skyline as the backdrop, the race would take place in New Jersey.
David Coulthard, the winner of 13 Grand Prix’s, took the Red Bull RB7 championship-winning car through Liberty State Park, the Lincoln Tunnel and parts of the race course.
Scottish Coulthard also took a tour of the 3.1 mile course in a road car, performing ‘donuts’, which is when a driver spins around on the spot burning the rubber of their tires to create circles on the road.
‘I think people are excited to see what we can do out there.’
Filming the Lincoln Tunnel drive from the air and the ground, Red Bull are hoping to keep enthusiasm going for the Formula 1 race in a country which is known to be ambivalent to the global race-fest.
‘The Grand Prix next June is not an official race yet,’ said Leo Parente, a former Formula 1 racer covering the event for Youtube’s Drive channel.
‘Generally, Formula 1 races are not official until the beginning of the year because local business or politics may interfere with planned races.
‘Events like this are a way to build excitement for the race and keep it from being canceled.’
The ‘Grand Prix of America’ is scheduled to be raced in June of 2013 and has the backing of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The circuit of the grand prix has already been compared to the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, the world’s premier and most glamorous street circuit.
The expected New Jersey race would come over 30 years since the sport’s boss, Bernie Ecclestone’s last serious attempt to set up an event in the Garden State.
It is part of his quest to strengthen Formula One in the U.S., where its popularity comes a distant third to NASCAR and IndyCar.
But with IndyCar seemingly in decline, which started with its split from CART in 1994 and has seen dwindling viewing figures and raceday fan numbers in the past 10 years, it could be the perfect time for Formula One to expand into America and take on NASCAR.
‘There is a lot of excitement about Formula One coming to America,’ said David Coulthard.
‘Red Bull have done more than anyone to promote the fact that we’re going to have not one, but two grands prix in the States.
‘This is a big enough country, a sophisticated audience that gets the technology of Formula One and at the moment, we are delivering good racing.’
The Meadowlands Grand Prix was a CART IndyCar race held in East Rutherford from 1984-1991.
It was the first major race in the New York City metropolitan area since 1937, and the course twisted and turned around the original Giants Stadium.
And to celebrate the fact that Red Bull are heavily promoting the ‘Grand Prix of America’, their engineering wizards got their car to perform the Star Spangled Banner.
Using computers to rev the engine in time to the U.S. national anthem, the Red Bull team’s car performed a seamless rendition.
Attribution: Mail Online