Finally, some long awaited US Grand Prix Austin Formula 1 information we can really sink our teeth into.
It’s here – the 3D, Tilke computer design of the track layout
Click the image below for a detailed PDF…
Tavo Hellmund provided some general PR quotes today in announcing the US Grand Prix Austin Formula 1 track layout & design:
In the modern era of Grand Prix racing, I think this track layout and topography will be very special. It will have many of the elements of previous ‘classic’ circuits combined with the benefits of FIA-mandated safety for the competitors and spectators alike. Add in the amenities fans have come to expect, like rare, multiple-turn viewing opportunities for added value, and you have an ideal, world-class venue.
For the competitors, we’ll have all the ingredients necessary. You’ll see fast turns that require commitment from the drivers and technical turns that will test the engineers from a set-up point of view. We have a good deal of elevation to make it not only scenic but challenging also, and the view of downtown Austin is wonderful as well.
Here’s some good, hard & fast track specifications:
- Taking advantage of the local topography, the track will have 133′ of elevations changes
- The track length will be 3.4 miles, & can be divided into 2 separate tracks for different events
- Top speed is calculated to be up to 200mph
- There will be 20 turns, of every variety, with both uphill & downhill approaches
- The track is designed to run counter-clockwise
- And finally, something to counter some of the monotony of current F1 races: three “ideal” overtaking places…it would be great to see some real passing in the Formula 1 series again!
We shall see…! Here’s a “10,000 foot view” rendering to give us a general idea of some more details of the layout. Click on the image below & you’ll be directed to a much higher quality, detailed PDF image! You will even be able to see the correct racing line through the corners…
Racing Ready is pleased to see these details finally revealed. It has been stated that the graders should start breaking ground this coming December. I think a series of pilgrimages should be organized & started up. Who’s up for a road trip?