Oracle Red Bull Racing’s bread and butter are Formula 1 cars. The team’s RB18 race car is an engineering marvel, powered by a 1.6-liter V6 with 900 horsepower and a redline of 15,000 revolutions per minute. Since their first Formula One car, the RB1, in 2005, the team has been responsible for several other lightning-fast racecars that have helped them win several times. There’s no doubt that the team knows how to build race cars.
The company unveiled its newest vehicle last month. This time, it’s not a high-revving, fire-breathing monster of a race car ready to lay down some rubber in Monaco, but something more humble, understated, and environmentally friendly than a Formula 1 car. Oracle Red Bull Racing unveiled the RBS#01, its newest eScooter developed in collaboration with eBike manufacturer N+. The new performance electric scooter is said to be inspired by the team’s F1 engineering prowess.
Inspired by Formula 1
The new eScooter isn’t cheap at $5,400, but Red Bull backs it up with the RBS#01 specs. The scooter has a top speed of slightly more than 27 miles per hour and a range of only 37 miles, making it a viable commuter for cities or other bike-friendly routes. The scooter’s designers claim that the model can withstand up to 3G of load before failing.
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The scooter’s hub motor produces 59 foot-pounds of torque, and the entire thing weighs only 50 pounds thanks to the use of carbon fiber on every conceivable surface and structure. The RBS lives up to its performance heritage even more with drilled rotors and calibers that would be more at home on a race car than a commuter scooter. According to the manufacturer, the scooter’s wide riding deck and huge sticky tires allow it to handle incredibly well. Pre-orders began at the Formula One Austin Grand Prix last month, with deliveries scheduled for early 2023, though the website lists shipments beginning in summer 2023.