Tom Cruise impresses ex Formula One driver

Updated: Aug 25, 2011, 08:31 AM IST

London: Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise has impressed former Formula One driver David Coulthard by reaching 181 miles per hour during a Red Bull race car testing.

The motoring fanatic, who starred in 1990 stock car racing film `Days of Thunder`, took control of the 850-horsepower vehicle on a 2.5 km race track in Rosamond, southern California, Contactmusic reported.

Cruise completed 24 laps during the seven-hour high octane session, his first in an F1 car, and his top speed was just four miles per hour short of Coulthard’s best on the same day.

“Tom`s the real deal. He thoroughly impressed me. I was surprised that he picked it up so quickly and is such an accomplished driver.”

“His recall was incredible considering how complicated driving an F1 car is. He`s a guy who really pushes the envelope in real life. This day was not green screened!,” Coulthard said.