Oracle Red Bull Racing, its Principal Team Partner, Bybit, and Azuki creator, Chiru Labs, have made Formula One history by emblazing a blue chip Non-fungible Token, NFT, on the team cars for the season finale in Abu Dhabi. It’s the first time a blue-chip NFT has ever adorned a Formula 1 race car, or taken part in a race.
The NFT, Lei the Lightning Azuki, will ride shotgun for both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez as they chase a final victory of the season. Lei, a maverick, whose raw power, passionate personality, striking image, and boundless spirit epitomizes all the values of Oracle Red Bull Racing, is a perfect match for the 2022 World Champions.
Lei the Lightning Azuki builds upon the IP of Azuki #8494, an original Azuki from the anime-inspired NFT collection and represents the transcending of worlds, symbolized by the real and virtual world.
It also highlights the diverse backgrounds of the partners who came together to create it: Bybit is a leading cryptocurrency exchange and a gateway to web3 and Chiru Labs, creator of Azuki, creates decentralized brands at the intersection of art, technology, and culture. Tezos, is the open-source blockchain in which the NFT’s are minted. Combined they form a perfect storm of creativity, innovation, and passion.
An NFT is a unique digital token on the blockchain, corresponding to a work of art or other assets, where the provenance of the NFT is publicly traceable. Much of the current market for NFTs is centred around collectibles, such as digital artwork. They are highly desirable and sought after creative works — with traditional art houses now carrying them in their catalogues.
To commemorate the Teams’ record-breaking season and unique event, fans will have their chance to own a limited-edition version of Lei the Lightning Azuki. #8494 NFTs will be minted on Tezos and made available for free on a first come, first serve basis.
Ben Zhou, Bybit co-founder and CEO said. “This is a unique piece of artwork and a timeless moment. We anticipate exciting things from this unique collaboration and Lei the Lightning Azuki. He’s such a striking character and a bridge linking the racing, crypto, and NFT communities. We know they are all going to jump at the chance to own a piece of history.”
Christian Horner, Team Principal and CEO, Oracle Red Bull Racing said: "The nature of our sport means we are always pushing boundaries, and to be the first to put a blue-chip NFT on a Formula One car is a tremendous feat. Our partnership with Bybit and Azuki has been an ideal way to help us explore the Web3 world. In many ways, it's been an eye opener for us to the vast opportunities Web3 has to offer. This unique project is the perfect combination of creativity, innovation, and passion which matches our ethos on the track."
“We are excited to announce our partnership with Oracle Red Bull Racing and Bybit,” said Azuki founder Zagabond. “Lei the Lightning Azuki reflects the passion, precision, and raw power of Oracle Red Bull Racing. We look forward to telling Lei’s story in the 2023 F1 season.”
The Lei the Lightning themed NFTs and digital art will be available on the Bybit NFT marketplace. Fans need only register on the site to claim their piece of history and unique Azuki NFT.
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Lei the Lightning Azuki - Character Overview
Lei the Lightning Azuki is a bold and tenacious racer in the Azuki universe. After crossing over to a magical world called The Garden, Lei gains the ability to harness the power of lightning in his race for increased power and speed. With an unparalleled drive and focus, Lei the Lightning Azuki was born to race – nothing can stand in the way of his dreams.
Bybit is a cryptocurrency exchange established in March 2018 to offer a professional platform where crypto traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, excellent customer service and multilingual community support. The company provides innovative online spot and derivatives trading services, mining and staking products, as well as API support, to retail and institutional clients around the world, and strives to be the most reliable exchange for the emerging digital asset class. Apart from Oracle Red Bull Racing, Bybit also sponsors esports teams like NAVI, Alliance, Astralis and Virtus.pro; German soccer club Borussia Dortmund and Japanese soccer club Avispa Fukuoka.
About Oracle Red Bull Racing
Since its inception, Oracle Red Bull Racing has been a major force in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the globe's premier motorsport category. Founded in 2005 to expand parent company Red Bull's presence in F1 and to disrupt the status quo within the sport through a bold mix of passion, playfulness, ambition and achievement, Oracle Red Bull Racing has grown to become one of F1's most successful teams. With multiple Constructors' and Drivers' world titles and more than 80 race wins to its credit, Oracle Red Bull Racing continues its pursuit of ultimate performance – as a race team, as a home of champions and as an innovator operating at the cutting edge of technology.
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Bybit is a cryptocurrency exchange established in March 2018 that offers a professional platform where crypto traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, excellent customer service and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One racing team, Oracle Red Bull Racing, esports teams NAVI, Astralis, Alliance, Virtus.pro, Made in Brazil (MIBR) and Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports, and association football (soccer) teams Borussia Dortmund and Avispa Fukuoka.
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