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Formula 1 car races down Kitzbuehel's Streif ski course

What do you get when you send a race car down the famed downhill course in Kitzbuehel, Austria? Not the disaster you might think.

Airlifted to spot on famed downhill

Redbull Racing airlifted its RB7 racecar to the top of the Hahnekamm mountain in Kitzbuehel, Austria to see what would happen when you raced it back down. (Red Bull Motorsports/Twitter)

What do you get when you send a race car down the famed downhill course in Kitzbuehel, Austria?

Not the disaster you might think. 

Redbull Racing lived up to its #pushtheboundaries hashtag last week by placing a Formula 1 car on the Hahnenkamm mountain ahead of this week's World Cup men's downhill.

A helicopter airlifted the Red Bull RB7 car up to a specially designed section of the treacherous Streif course.

Just one month before the stunt, the RB7 was in Australia in 35-degree heat. Redbull's team added studded tires and snow chains amongst an engine redesign to make the car Kitzbuehel-ready. 

Max Verstappen, 18, was tasked with driving the car.

And of course, Redbull has some fantastic footage of the event.

This week, the Canadian men's alpine team will be among those competing in the World Cup super-G, combined and downhill races in Kitzbuehel.

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