Verstappen & Perez To Display Blue-Chip Azuki #8494 NFT On Cars At 2022 Season Finale, Partner With Bybit & Chiru Labs

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Azuki, Oracle Red Bull Racing and Bybit have come together to make history by adorning an F1 car with an Azuki NFT. Credit: Oracle Red Bull Racing

Formula One team Oracle Red Bull Racing, has made F1 history in partnership with Bybit and Azuki creator Chiru Labs. The 2022 season finale race in Abu Dhabi will feature an Azuki NFT on the Red Bull team cars. It’s the first time in history that a blue-chip NFT has ever been on an F1 race car.

Azuki #8494 NFT to ride alongside Verstappen and Perez

The famed Azuki riding alongside Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez is named Lei the Lightning Azuki (Azuki #8494). The original Azuki from the popular anime-inspired NFT collection designed by lead Azuki artist, Steamboy, embodies all of ORBR’s values.

Lei’s bold and distinct characteristics epitomize the coming together of teams from diverse industries. Moreover, Lei’s ability to harness the power of lightning to gain power and speed could help the ORBR team cross the finish line first.

“We are excited to announce our partnership with Oracle Red Bull Racing and Bybit. 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,” said Azuki founder Zagabond.

Azuki F1 car Azuki F1 car On the side of Oracle Red Bull Racing’s F1 racing car is Lei the Lightning NFT. Credit: NFTgators

Free Mint on November 20th through Bybit NFT Marketplace

To commemorate the event, Steamboy has created a ‘Lei of the Lightning’ Azuki NFT for the public to claim. The collection of 7,700 NFTs will be a free mint, which takes place on November 20th. The limited edition collection will be available exclusively through the Bybit NFT marketplace and will be minted on the Tezos blockchain.

“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,” said Ben Zhou, Bybit’s co-founder and CEO.

Azuki F1 Race Jackets

Additionally, the Azuki team is preparing all holders for the Abu Dhabi race with F1 race jackets. The Azuki team has allowed holders to equip their Azuki characters with the same jacket Lei the Lightning is wearing. To earn a unique community badge, holders have to equip the jacket and share it on Twitter. Also, they should use the hashtag #AzukiF1!

Oracle Red Bull Racing and Bybit History

Founded in 2005, Oracle Red Bull Racing is a Formula 1 racing team owned by Red Bull. ORBR has become one of the most successful F1 teams, with multiple world titles and more than 80 race wins. With a great team and cutting-edge technology, ORBR continues to strive for success.

Furthermore, Bybit, established in 2018, is a cryptocurrency exchange. It’s a professional platform that has great customer service and multilingual community support. Besides Oracle Red Bull Racing Club, Bybit has sponsored esports teams like NAVI, Alliance, Astralis and Virtus.pro. In addition, they’ve sponsored the German soccer team Borussia Dortmund and the Japanese soccer team Avispa Fukuoko.


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