Red Bull reveal interactive 360-degree video of their F1 car in action

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Red Bull and Norwegian company Making View have produced a remarkable new interactive onboard video of an F1 car in action.

The video above features an interactive camera which can be moved in real-time while it is playing.

It shows Sebastien Buemi lapping Norway’s Rudskogen Motorsenter in their show car in August.

Note that due to the large amount of data in the video it may take a while to load depending on the speed of your internet connection.

Thanks to Making View for granting permission for F1 Fanatic to reproduce their video.

Pictures: Sebastien Buemi at Rudskogen Motorsenter

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45 comments on Red Bull reveal interactive 360-degree video of their F1 car in action

  1. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 31st October 2012, 13:32

    That’s amaaaaaaaaaaaaaizing !

  2. xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 31st October 2012, 13:41

    That is brilliant!!
    For proper F1 races, they need those Indycar style revolving cameras for the live feed etc…

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 31st October 2012, 13:45

      This +1 !

    • dirgegirl (@dirgegirl) said on 31st October 2012, 13:46

      Exactly – felt just like Indycar. Although I couldn’t resist spinning like a top for most of the lap and now I feel a bit sick.

    • I really dislike those cameras. I think the current F1 setup of a front-facing camera and a rear-facing one works better.

      • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 31st October 2012, 14:09

        @aseixas I think they work in IndyCar because sometimes two (or more) cars go alongside each other for a long time. In F1, maybe it’d not be that useful.

        Though if they manage to record the onboards with a 360º camera, the replays could be AWESOME ! (but that’s probably not gonna happen in the near future…)

        • xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 31st October 2012, 14:23

          It might also help with stewarding decisions as well

        • KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 31st October 2012, 14:58

          As they can’t even show live footage/replays from all the onboard cameras at the moment, I can’t see this happening any time soon… but it would be pretty cool.

          and @xjr15jaaag Mika Salo commented after his stewarding gig earlier this year that they already have more data available to them than is basically necessary (tons of camera angles, telemetry and so on), i.e. they “can’t” make the wrong decision.

          • Eddie (@wackyracer) said on 31st October 2012, 18:27

            Well they can’t make the wrong decision but it’s about us, the viewers, when someone is passing, turn the camera to the side, cars go side by side, damn awsome :-d

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 1st November 2012, 9:39

            I guess in the end you can view it from a hundred angles, look at telephone books of telemetry and have hours of interviews with drivers, team members and who knows else, but in the end it still comes down to the best judgement of the stewards.
            What keeps baffling me, is how little of said information is published to make it absolutely clear how/why the stewards decided as they did, just like judges/courts publish the full decision in detail.

    • DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 31st October 2012, 14:01

      Agreed, this is awesome.

    • Bob (@bobthevulcan) said on 31st October 2012, 14:07

      An utterly fascinating concept. Who knows, when the technology matures and becomes more cost-effective, we could very well see this interactive camera angle available on race weekends. (By interactive, I mean home-viewer controlled. Following all the on-track battles, hopping from driver to driver, spinning the view around… A man can dream)

    • GT_Racer said on 31st October 2012, 15:19

      You won’t see the sort of rotating cameras seen in Indycar in F1 anytime soon as its felt they don’t really work as well on road/street circuits as they do ovals. If you watch Indycar you will notice that on road/street circuits the cameras spend most time either looking forward or backwards, Its only on the ovals they spend a lot of time rotating.

      FOM have moveable cameras, We had them as far back as 2002, We’ve even tested them on some of the support category cars yet found we rarely needed to rotate them. They were also a bit larger & F1 teams were reluctant to run them.

      Something people don’t always understand when comparing things like in-car cameras in F1 & other categories is that in F1 were a lot more limited in what sort of cameras we can use & where we can place them because the final say is down to the teams & drivers. If we have a new camera angle we want to run yet no team or driver will agree to let us use it on there cars then we can’t use it.

      Because indycar & other categories run spec parts, its easier to work with dallara & the teams to build cameras into specific parts of the car & ensure everyone runs either a dummy camera housing or some lead weight in that area of the car to make sure nobody has an aerodynamic or weight advantage over cars running cameras.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 1st November 2012, 8:25


      The day European broadcasters adapt American style sports coverage it will much more fun, just look at now en vogue super slow motion cams.

      On Red Bull, I’m not a fan of the drink but I take my hat off for the spirit of their brand.

      • Dizzy said on 1st November 2012, 15:26

        Coverage of american sports is way worse than what we get in europe.

        the graphics are over-sized & all over the screen, the pip’s put 2 windows on the screen so small you can’t see them, the commentary/analysis is horrid & there is way too much focus on ‘the stars’ rather than the action.

        ive watched nascar, indycar, alms & grand-am this year & the coverage of each was horrid compared to F1.

  3. Wasn’t this done ages ago by Sauber? :]

  4. iAbuser (@iabuser) said on 31st October 2012, 13:59

    Pretty awesome indeed!

  5. Alex (@alexny67) said on 31st October 2012, 14:34


  6. K (@ktruax) said on 31st October 2012, 15:13


  7. It is cool, although I don’t really like how elongated and far away the front end of the car looks and how you can’t really see the details of the steering wheel/driver’s hands.

  8. Bernard (@bernard) said on 31st October 2012, 15:38

    Pretty impressive, bravo!

  9. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 31st October 2012, 15:43

    Wait, I just realised wasn’t Buemi fired by Toro Rosso at the end of last season? If so why is he still doing demos with Red Bull or did by getting fired by Toro Rosso promote him as Red Bull test driver?
    Seems a bit odd… =S

  10. Andrew81 (@andrew81) said on 31st October 2012, 15:49

    Surely this is much better than the cameras in Indycar? This captures the entire 360 degrees in real time, so, in theory, it could be operated freely by any viewer, rather than just the director, as it is in Indycar.

  11. celeste (@celeste) said on 31st October 2012, 17:23

    Looks amazing…

  12. Chalky (@chalky) said on 31st October 2012, 17:47

    Full screen and high quality. It was fun using the mouse to look to the apex with the driver, rather than a standard oboard that always looks straight. Fantastic!

  13. Veggen (@veggen) said on 31st October 2012, 17:47

    Cool video, I have driven hundreds of laps on that circuit, stumped I did not know of this event.

    Btw, that first picture with the ski jumping hill is from Holmenkollen in Oslo and not from Rudskogen motorcenter.

  14. xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 31st October 2012, 19:27

    I have to know how this happened

  15. Lykkis1 said on 31st October 2012, 19:55

    I was there both days. I could not go to F1 race this year of various reasons, so this was the next best thing.
    The show was great and the Red Bull people was also nice, even had chance to talk to Buemi, great guy with great sense of humor! Thank you Red Bull F1.

  16. bigdon128 (@bigdon128) said on 31st October 2012, 22:11

    I spent far too long using this! Simply brilliant.

    Also, good to see Buemi actually getting to do things in his role as RBR test driver

  17. Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 1st November 2012, 6:33

    I didnt knw the they require a special type of camera! I thought in Indycar, the camera itself was rotated

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 1st November 2012, 13:19

      @malleshmagdum The camera is rotated manually in IndyCar for just one feed, the global feed. This video means that you can set-up an entirely unique viewing point that would never be exactly the same as someone elses.

  18. Baldry00 (@baldry00) said on 1st November 2012, 9:17

    I found it quite amusing, when he is doing a doughnut, try and focus on one spot by turning the camera around, si the car looks like it is spinning under you, its hilarious!

  19. pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 1st November 2012, 12:05

    It’s nice but the field of view sucks!

  20. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 1st November 2012, 13:18

    Pretty impressive that! Everything looks seemlessly stitched together, such a bizarre concept.

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