Technology has advanced so far in Formula One, that even hardcore car guys have a difficult time keeping up. Indeed, even the staff of PHR would be hard pressed to recognize much of what lies beneath the bodywork of today's F1 racers. Nevertheless, we have known for some time that the engine management systems of F1 cars have the ability to be controlled remotely. What we didn't know is the degree to which it could be controlled.
This video--released by Redbull Racing three days ago and recorded in New York's Liberty Park--shows the Redbull R88 F1 race car (a display show car) playing the national anthem--The Star Spangled Banner. Apparently, some bored engineers converted the pitch and duration of musical notes into the engine management's engine speed control. It's a pretty cool PR stunt!