Hollywood actor and true petrol head Tom Cruise, who stunned the world with his very fast stint in a Korean Hatchback in Top Gear last year, has another surprise to show his is indeed a true petrol head! This time, the star of upcoming Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was given an opportunity to pilot a 850hp Red Bull F1 machine, when former F1 driver, David Couthard and the Red Bull demonstration team were in the United States for a promo show for next year’s return of F1 in United States.

Cruise does look super cool with his helmet!

So they all met in Willow Springs, possibly one of the curviest and challenging circuits in United States. Cruise drove the 2.5 mile track for 24 laps during the private 7 hour season, which include private tutoring from Courthard and familiarizing the track with a normal road car (presumably in an Infiniti). Courthard did a few laps on that track and in the end, and Cruise did reasonably well by finishing 11 seconds off from Courthard on his last lap. Cruise also managed a top speed of 181 mph, just four mph off of DC’s trap speed.

Cruise asking Courthard which buttons are for his Iphone connectivity…

Here the real deal!

“Tom’s the real deal. I was surprised that he picked it up so quickly and is such an accomplished driver,” said Coulthard. “His recall was incredible considering how complicated driving an F1 car is. He’s a guy who really pushes the envelope in real life. This day was not green screened. He thoroughly impressed me.”

So from F-14 Tomcats, NASCARs, motorcycles, jumping couch at Primetime television, to Korean hatchbacks and now an F1 car, Tom Cruise has done it all!

He brings back the car in one piece, victory (and relief) for RBR!

Cruise on a F1 car got chased by baddies in helicopter! Is this a teaser for MI:4?

[SOURCE: Red Bull Racing]


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