US Grand Prix organization reveals world-class design for new track
Moving one step closer to opening an new era of Formula One racing in the United States due to commence in October 2012, USGP organizer Tavo Hellmund has unveiled the track configuration of a new 3.4-mile long circuit that is due to start construction later this year on a 900-acre site just outside of Austin, Texas. Designed by today's foremost F1 track architect, Hermann Tilke, the challenging primary layout contains over 20 corners and 133 feet of elevation change created to recall a number of elements found in several classic and contemporary international tracks. It also will provide no fewer than four prime passing areas and allow the world's fastest single-seat open-wheel cars to reach speeds of up to 200 mph.
Centerpiece of a $250-million state-of-the-art facility that's currently set to play host to the United States Grand Prix from 2012 to at least 2022, the new Austin GP track has been configured to afford race attendees with some outstanding viewing opportunities. According to Hellmund, the circuit's combination of high-speed straights, flowing turns and technically demanding tight corners should please both the drivers and race fans. Like other facilities, the main track is designed to offer several other shorter configuration possibilities that can be used by other motorsport organizations as well as by racing schools and individual teams and manufacturers for testing purposes.