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Russia's Putin races Formula One car in new stunt
AFP via Yahoo ^ | 11/07/10 | Stuart Williams

Posted on 11/07/2010 7:08:07 PM PST by jerry557

MOSCOW (AFP) – In a helmet emblazoned with the emblem of Russia and reaching a speed of 240 kilometres (150 miles) an hour, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Sunday burned rubber on a racing circuit in a Formula One car.

The high-speed session -- unthinkable for almost any other world leader -- was the latest in a series of widely publicised hardman outings for Putin as he seeks to cement his image as the Russian strongman ahead of 2012 elections.

It was also aimed at raising the profile of the sport in Russia as the country prepares to host its first Formula One Grand Prix from 2014 in the southern city of Sochi, under a plan championed by Putin.

State television showed Putin squeezing into the cockpit of the yellow Renault, wearing full racing overalls and a helmet emblazoned with the colours of Russia and the national emblem of the double-headed-eagle.

"My old Zaporozhets had more space," Putin quipped through his visor as he squeezed into the tiny cockpit, referring to a Soviet car not known for its creature comforts, the government website said.

But undeterred by the cramped conditions, Putin roared away from the pits onto the racing track outside Saint Petersburg, reaching what trackside experts said was a speed of 240 kilometres an hour.

"For a first time, it was good," the prime minister, unusually using English, told a senior Renault mechanic, television showed. The government statement said he spent several hours performing laps.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: putin; racing; russia

1 posted on 11/07/2010 7:08:08 PM PST by jerry557
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2 posted on 11/07/2010 7:11:48 PM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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And our guy looks like Peewee Herman in a Chevy Volt.
3 posted on 11/07/2010 7:14:09 PM PST by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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Pootie Poot, I did 150 in my car and I kept my shirt on.


4 posted on 11/07/2010 7:14:57 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: jerry557
If not everyone here is familiar with the Zaporozhets, here is one:


5 posted on 11/07/2010 7:20:29 PM PST by Greysard
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6 posted on 11/07/2010 7:22:13 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: jerry557
"In a helmet emblazoned with the emblem of Russia..."

Hmmm... for a commie, he sure seems awful nationalistic.

7 posted on 11/07/2010 7:31:55 PM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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This is the kind of crap Mousilinii used to pull.


8 posted on 11/07/2010 7:36:07 PM PST by Carbonsteel
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To: Hoosier-Daddy
"....I did 150 in my car...."

On an earlier thread about this, several denigrated his 150 mph speed.

I am the original owner of a '69 Charger 500 Hemi, and agree that 150 ain't much to write home about.....in a straight line.

But 150 on a short straight is much harder.

And 150 as a lap average on a road course is a BIG deal, and not for the fainthearted.

Although the article does not specify, I have a feeling it WAS on a road course; Putin is a macho SOB, and he has the balls AND an entire country's wallet to make it happen.

I somehow can't imagine OUR president doing it.

9 posted on 11/07/2010 7:37:54 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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I checked the photos. I expected he was driving a junior formula 2 or 3 car. He was driving a full F1 Renault putting out about at least 800 bhp. Just to engage the clutch even if he was using launch control is not simple feat.

He “stunts” can be somewhat silly but he is a real man compared to that POS Kenyan usurper.


10 posted on 11/07/2010 7:38:27 PM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: diogenes ghost
"I somehow can't imagine OUR president doing it."

Well, true that. I suspect Obama's the one that gave birth in that relationship.

11 posted on 11/07/2010 7:46:06 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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Awhile back he drove around in a Lada Kalina (Russian jeep) to make a nice show for Russian automakers. It looked good on the news, the Prime Minister tooling around Siberia in a 4x4, but apparently there are more than just bears out there - onlookers caught it on video.

From a Russian website: "Yesterday, thanks to Chita jeepers from the 'Saboteur Club' there appeared a video that clearly shows that Putin was "driving" three Kalinas: the first was driven by him and was surrounded by the cars of his bodyguards, the second came immediately after the motorcade, and the third was in the rear on top of a car transporter. All three Kalinas were exactly the same. What was interesting and different: among the premier's escort there was not a single domestic car. Putin's Kalina was surrounded by several Toyota Land Cruiser 200s. A Toyota Land Cruiser 100 was at the head of the column, and they were accompanied by a VW Transporter minibus. The cars of the Highway Patrol were all Ford Focus. This was eloquent support for our domestic producers."

Link and video here: http://forum.eve-ru.com/index.php?s=dcd6e2b2f39fefe407016c1ff0a28151&showtopic=52754

It also turned out that Putin's Kalina was a custom built version with an Opel motor.

Vladimir-Putins-embarrassing-Lada-revelation.html

But still, you have to hand it to him - he drove an actual car outside a building, unlike out president who only managed to drive an electric car 10 feet.
12 posted on 11/07/2010 7:47:35 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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This is a real full blown Renault F1 car. 1260 pounds with 850 Bhp or more. They could have detuned it a little with computers. It can probably do 0-100 in less than 3 seconds.

F1 cars have incredible downforce due to air mgmt under the car so it can corner to a few G’s.

If he got the carbon fiber brakes warned up and used them, they have been described as being in a collision. Younger race drivers testing an F1 car for the first time say the brakes are incredible and like hitting a wall when you step on them.

This “stunt” ain’t for the faint hearted.


13 posted on 11/07/2010 7:56:47 PM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: diogenes ghost

This is a real full blown Renault F1 car. 1260 pounds with 850 Bhp or more. They could have detuned it a little with computers. It can probably do 0-100 in less than 3 seconds.

F1 cars have incredible downforce due to air mgmt under the car so it can corner to a few G’s.

If he got the carbon fiber brakes warned up and used them, they have been described as being in a collision. Younger race drivers testing an F1 car for the first time say the brakes are incredible and like hitting a wall when you step on them.

This “stunt” ain’t for the faint hearted.


14 posted on 11/07/2010 7:56:56 PM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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15 posted on 11/07/2010 8:00:33 PM PST by fso301
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To: Greysard

The ladies look pretty sporty, though!


16 posted on 11/07/2010 8:09:18 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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17 posted on 11/07/2010 8:37:56 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: Flag_This

Putin is showing off his manliness to his young mistress as much as anything else. Showing that he is powerful politically as well as physically. Keeps the girlfriend enthralled with him.


18 posted on 11/07/2010 9:43:34 PM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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"This “stunt” ain’t for the faint hearted."

Too bad his heart didn't explode. I understand the comparison to the POS we have here, but Putin is a freaking NIGHTMARE. He's stolen billions from his own country, kills, arrests and imprisons his critics and sells arms to Iran.

Puck Futin!


19 posted on 11/07/2010 9:50:35 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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20 posted on 11/07/2010 9:51:51 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Flag_This
Russia is a Nazi dictatorship. Putin is a faggot like the German faggots who started the Nazis. Putin speaks fluent German and served in Germany during the Cold War where he worked with the Stasi. Putin's Gaystapo has taken over Russia.
21 posted on 11/08/2010 12:21:39 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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