A race for the wickedly adventurous

Red Bull
Soapbox Ohio

Cincinnati - August 29th

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Fasten your seat belts, Cincinnati

About Red Bull
Soapbox Race

Red Bull Soapbox Race is a national event for amateur drivers racing homemade soapbox vehicles. Each hand-made machine is fueled by creativity and competitive fun - not to mention the need for speed. This unique non-motorized event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous, human-powered soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race.

The most creative and craziest teams will race each other through the streets of Cincinnati. Stay tuned for details on participating teams for 2015.

Soap up, rinse down and lock in for the ride of your life!

The rules








All soapbox racers must be human powered, meaning no engines, peddles or external energy sources.

Pre-fabricated cars are not accepted!

Dimensions of the craft must be: less than 6ft. wide, less than 6ft. tall and less than 12ft. in length. The front end of the soapbox must be 7 inches or higher from the ground (to avoid bottoming out). All cars must weigh no more than 176 lbs. (not including the driver). There will be point deductions for overweight crafts. Please plan accordingly.

Seat Belts – Driver’s cannot be strapped into the craft. This will create a hazard should we have the need to extract you from your craft.


Maximum of four sponsors.

No alcohol beverages, no other beverages brands, no politically driven sponsors.

All sponsors must be approved by Red Bull prior to the event.

All corporations (sponsors or team) must sign a release allowing Red Bull to use their logo.

Sponsor area on the craft is LIMITED to 2 – 12″ x 12″ spaces on your craft. (Anything larger will be removed or covered on site.)


All team members must wear closed-toe shoes during load in and event day. No exceptions!

No bare bodies – Costumes must fully cover your arms, legs, etc… we do not want your skin exposed in case you crash, or fall out of your soapbox.

Helmets are mandatory! – and provided to you (sizes  SM – XL). If you require a bigger helmet than this, you need to bring a motorcycle helmet to fit your head. It must be DOT approved for street use, not just a sexy helmet. We will make final determination on any non-Red Bull provided helmets.

Eye Protection – Sunglasses are allowed for your skit but not allowed for driving down the course. Glasses of any type are subject to creating eye damage. Contact lenses must be worn if driver needs corrective lenses. Goggles are an acceptable option.


If you use any props during your skit, it must be cleaned up right after, by your team.

All props must be approved by Red Bull. Please send your plan to the Crew Cheif by the deadline.

Items NOT permitted include:

Projecting items into crowd (i.e. swag, candy, t-shirts, food etc…), air horns over 200 psi Heat producing elements, flares, smoke bombs, firecrackers, high-pressure cylinders, chemicals, liquids, fire, dry ice or heavy duty battery operated machinery on craft.


No alcohol consumption until after the race! No drugs etc. or your whole team will be disqualified.

Red Bull reserves the right to disqualify anyone who is caught or appears to be drinking, or intoxicated.

Max of two Drivers per vehicle (but you can have a total of 5 people on your team).

Driver(s) and crew members must all be at least 18 years old.

Any Questions?


What exactly is the Red Bull Soapbox Race?

Red Bull Soapbox Race is an international event in which amateur drivers race homemade soapbox vehicles. Each hand-made machine is fueled by nothing but sheer courage, the force of gravity and perhaps a little Red Bull. This unique, non-motorized racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race.

Teams are judged on speed, creativity and showmanship.

What is the entrance fee?

There are still some things in this world that are free, Red Bull Soapbox Race is one of them. This event is open to the public.

How are teams chosen to participate?

Red Bull Soapbox Race is a single day of thrills, so the number of contestants will be limited. Teams are chosen based on information they provide on their Red Bull Soapbox Race Application.

Everyone participating in the event must gather a maximum TWO drivers and FIVE total team members, build a car and also drive it! The construction can be of any shape and material provided it complies with the specifications and regulations.

A selection committee reviews each application and picks 50 teams based on craft creativity, technical feasibility, safety and originality while also ensuring the regulation guidelines have been met. But remember, this is as much about who you are as it is about what you can build.

What is the evaluation criteria?

Each team is evaluated on three criteria:

1. Speed

Not to state the obvious, but this event is, first and foremost, a race, therefore, the fastest one across the finish line is definitely going to be looked upon favorably.

2. Creativity

It’s not enough that it actually moves. What we’re looking for is the outrageous, the preposterous, the ostentatious! Your soapbox should be an extension of you, so have fun when you design it. Be wild. Be crazy. Be anything you want. Just do not be ordinary.

3. Showmanship

We said the first one to cross the finish line will be looked upon favorably, we didn’t say they’d win. That’s because when it comes to Red Bull Soapbox, speed is nothing without a little personality. So, wow us with your stage routine, impress us with your charisma and of course, dazzle us with your showmanship.

How many teams are involved?

From those who dare to apply, 50 teams will be selected and announced on or around June 30, 2015. Keep up with the teams’ progress via @redbullOHIO #Soapbox

When are team applications due?

Applications for 2015 have closed. An announcement with the 2015 participating teams will happen on or around June 30, 2015.

Do I build my soapbox for my application?

Nope! After teams are selected (around June 30th) then the build phase begins.

Who can I talk to about applying?

For all team application questions please email or call 312.368.3746


Calling the fearless, the fun loving and the foolhardy.

Faster than a flying piglet.