• Dec 15, 2007
On September 28, 2008 at 8 pm, the first Formula 1 race ever held at night will begin in Singapore. Sixty-eight miles of power cable will provide juice to 1,500 light projectors mounted on 240 pylons around the track. What does that mean? It means three billion watts of power -- about four times brighter than a sports stadium. And that might make it the only night time race that requires sunglasses.

Recent developments in Melbourne, Australia, however, mean that Singapore might not be so special for long. Hella has created a special night lighting system for the Australian Grand Prix, and is waiting on a response from the FIA to move forward with it.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Take that bali climate conference
        • 7 Years Ago
        Carlos- the point of a night race in Singapore is better viewing times for live coverage in the key European viewing market.
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't forget the sunscreen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the gimmick of a dying sport.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ironic how F1 continues to mimic Champ Car...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Uh, that picture you posted is KL, Malaysia. Not Singapore. Just my 2 cents..
        • 7 Years Ago
        nah, that's singapore.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They don't often fly the Singaporean flag over official buildings in KL.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't you just love autoblog?!
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow

      That's not a colossal waste of energy, let me tell you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Um, think you have a slight problem with your order of magnitude- 3 billion Watt is a little more than twice the power Doc Brown needed to send the DeLorean through time. If applied to 1500 lights, that would be 2 MW per light. Not possible. Never mind the size the conductors would need to be. Pretty sure you're looking for 3 million wats- which would be an appropriate 2kW per light.
        • 7 Years Ago
        right, 3GW is twice a large nuclear power plant. unless the rest of the country completely shuts down, thats not gonna happen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      should be awesome
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm looking forward to this race. It will be interesting. The '08 season's looking good with all the changes happenning...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cool, but I'm more excited for the 1st round of 08' MotoGP season under the lights in Qatar. Should be a surreal experience for fans and riders alike.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What?! Sorry but there are still plenty of F1 fans...if you don't like it, don't watch...
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