Popular Mechanics at Red Bull Soapbox Race

The first Russian soapbox derby was held on July 1 at the bicycle race track at Krylatskoye, bringing together more than 30,000 spectators eager to watch 60 homemade “fireballs” from across Russia compete. The Popular Mechanics team completed the race- course in just 42 seconds, a full eight seconds ahead of the second place finisher, setting a new speed record.

The 530-meter asphalt cycling track with a 12 percent gradient was transformed for the day into a bumpy rural road, and 2,500 hay bales with a combined weight of over one ton were delivered especially for the Red Bull Soapbox Race. Several teams were unable to cope with the technical requirements of the race — the vehicles could not exceed four meters in length, two meters in width or 80 kilograms in weight — coupled with the special obstacles erected: 3 jumps, an ‘S’ curve and counter-gradients. Four of the 60 entrants were not even allowed to compete.

The Popular Mechanics team was the only one to traverse the ‘S’ curve and counter-gradient with ease, reaching speeds of 70 km per hour (42 mph). A video of the run by the Popular Mechanic team can be viewed at www.popmech.ru.

See also
Editor-in-Chief of Men Today Wins National Award: Media Manager of Russia – 2022
Independent Media has now garnered 22 Golden Seagull awards.
15 july 2022
TechInsider has More than Half a Million Subscribers on Yandex.Zen
Publication surpassed 25 million per month on the channel.
15 july 2022
First Issue of TechInsider Already on Sale!
The Popular Mechanics team released the first issue of its new magazine under a new brand. The special issue was produced in partnership with the Skolkovo.
30 june 2022
Independent Media was General Media Partner to Skolkovo Startup Village
Representatives of the media holding moderated two major sessions at the technology conference.
30 may 2022