5 to see: Burj Al Arab helipad stunts

Red Bull Racing joins Federer, Agassi, McIlroy and more in having performed a stunt at the Burj

Formula One team Red Bull Racing has pulled off a daring stunt atop the Burj Al Arab with a spectacular show of burning rubber in celebration of its championship win.

The team clinched the Formula One Drivers' and Constructors’ World Championships at the F1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix, its fourth consecutive title.

Perched 210m above the sea, on a helipad 24 metres wide, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s 750bhp F1 car usually reserved for on-track use became the first to ever run atop the Burj Al Arab helipad on Wednesday.

With driver David Coulthard behind the wheel, onlookers were treated to a spectacular show of burning rubber and tyre smoke and a stunning backdrop of the Arabian Gulf overlooking scenic views of Dubai’s skyline.

See the video below and check out our pick of more similar stunts at one of the world’s most recognizable buildings.

Coulthard ‘donuts’ in Red Bull F1 Car

Roger Federer v Andre Agassi

The chat at the beginning might be a bit cheesy but this remains, and always will be, one of the greatest publicity stunts of all time. As an advert for the players, the game, the hotels and even the city as a whole it was amazing. The pictures and the video were beamed around the world and it was one of the first times many people had heard of Dubai back in February 2005. We’re still not sure about the bit when they aim shots at sailors hundreds of metres below but the excitement of the players is charming.

Rory McIlroy in world’s toughest bunker

The success of the Federer v Agassi match surely led to thousands of requests from marketers and promoters wanting to have their opportunity to use the iconic platform and the vast majority are flatly refused. Tiger Woods once used it as a tee but we really like the mini bunker set up for Jumeirah’s global brand ambassador, Rory McIllroy. In a year that he climbed to the position of number one golfer in the world, 2011, Rory ended it by cupping balls into the hole on a green made just for him.

Aston Martin celebrate 100 years of style

#Fact: Anything looks better on the Burj Al Arab helipad. The Aston Martin Vanquish, for example, is an amazing piece of kit on the road, in the garage or even in a supermarket car park. Helicopter it to the top of the 321 metre-high hotel, however, and just let it sit there and it looks at least 100% cooler. The event was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez.

Danny Torres takes a ride

When your day job is listed as Red Bull X-Fighter we assume you’re used to seeing the world from a different perspective. Back flips, somersaults and heights must come as no surprise. But we’re still sure Danny Torres must have been a bit taken aback when his manager asked him to take the bike up to the top of a hotel and drive around in circles for a little while.

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