Nine years since it was officially launched, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has become globally renowned as the fastest and most exhilarating motorsport series on the planet. Devised by the Red Bull sports think-tank, the initial goal was to create the most advanced aerial challenge the world had ever seen; what they got far exceeded their original expectations.
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship quickly became a visual spectacle unlike any other. A combination of high speed, low altitude and extreme manoeuvrability makes the sport accessible only to the world's most exceptional pilots.
The specially designed aerial racetracks used are the result of extensive research and evaluation. The unique inflatable pylons, which form the Air Gates, were first developed in 2002 and have evolved year-on-year into the sophisticated design currently used. They are constructed to be robust and safe in the event of a pylon hit and can be repaired and re-inflated within minutes.
With 14 pilots now in the Master Class and a full eight-race season staged in seven countries on three continents, be sure to buckle up for another year of excitement and drama in 2015.
Kirby Chambliss put his own spin on the tradition by landing his Edge 540 raceplane directly on the Las Vegas strip at the iconic sign. Chambliss then took off from Las Vegas Boulevard. in spectacular fashion, trailing smoke behind him.
Chambliss performed the feat ahead of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2015 final, which is taking place in Las Vegas on October 17-18 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where the World Champion will be crowned.