Red Bull Air Race
Hamilton is official timekeeper of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an official World Championship, accredited by the FAI – The World Air Sports Federation. It has been known as the fastest motorsport series in the world, featuring 14 of the best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes, pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made of 25 meters-high air-filled pylons. It is a visual spectacle unlike any other.
14 pilots are competing in the Master Class category in eight races across the globe for the title of Red Bull Air Race World Champion. The Challenger Cup, with nine pilots, offers young talents the chance to develop their low-altitude flying skills and to experience the thrills of the sport.
Aviation, skill and precision are also part of the Hamilton brand. Proud sponsor of Nicolas Ivanoff, the brand ambassador since 2005, Hamilton has a rich aviation heritage and strong ties with the aviation world. The brand has been timing the skies since 1919, when the pioneering pilots of the era put their trust in the precision of its watches and navigation instruments. In addition to keeping the first American airmail service on track, Hamilton became the official watch of TWA, Eastern, United and Northwest in the 1930s. Adventure joined accuracy as these instruments demonstrated their unrivaled expertise partnering the first American coast-to-coast air services which took commercial flying into the modern age.
Today, many squadrons use Hamilton watches as standard equipment, including the SnowBirds from Canada, South Korea's 123rd Squadron, the Patrulla Aspa from Spain, and the F-16 Demo Team from the Netherlands, among others. Hamilton uses these associations to deepen its understanding of pilot needs and the watch functions required to develop timepieces designed for pilots, such as the Khaki TakeOff for Air Zermatt, a transport and rescue helicopter unit in the Alps.
THE RACE CALENDAR & SCORE 2017
Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 10th-11th
San Diego, USA, April 15th-16th
Chiba, Japan, June 3rd-4th
Budapest, Hungary, July 1st-2nd
Kazan, Russia, July 22nd-23rd
TBC, EU, August 12th-13th
TBC, EU, September 2nd-3rd
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA October 14th-15th
Team Hamilton - Nicolas Ivanoff
With Hamilton as official team sponsor, Nicolas Ivanoff is rising to new heights in a Hamilton-branded Edge 540. Recent modifications, such as working on the plane’s weight and the aerodynamics strongly improved the performance.
Hamilton’s brand ambassador started aerobatics at the beginning of the 1990s and by 1997 he made it to the French Aerobatics Team. Every year since then, he has consistently finished in the top 10 in various aerobatic competitions, be it European or World Championships. Performing every season at official international competitions, the Quick Corsican, as he’s nicknamed, captures the powerful emotions of the audience at Air Shows such as Oshkosh, Wisconsin (US), the Free Flight World Masters in France and the Red Bull Air Races around the world.
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Features the world's best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was introduced, giving new pilots the chance to develop their low-altitude flying skills.