Haute 100 Update: Tom Cruise Drives the Red Bull F1 Race Car, Impresses the Pros

Tom Cruise recently took to the racetrack for an exhilarating test drive of the Red Bull Formula One race car at California’s Willow Springs racetrack. The A-lister completed 24 laps during a full day with the Red Bull team with race car legend David Coulthard leading the day’s events as instructor.

To start off, Cruise was taken around the track as a passenger with Coulthard, and then was released on his own. He took the F1 car for a zippy ride, topping out at a whopping 185 mph – and cutting his best time by 11 seconds by the end of the day, which was discovered after reviewing the telemetry throughout the test. Even more impressively, Cruise recorded a top speed just a mere 4 mph less that Coulthard’s best.

“Tom’s the real deal,” Coulthard told RedBull.com. “I was surprised that he picked it up so quickly and is such an accomplished driver. 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.”

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