• Sep 1, 2010
2012 Austin F1 Track – Click above for image gallery

Here it is. Race promoter Tavo Hellmund has pulled back the sheets on the Austin formula one track, and the course looks damn impressive at first glance. The 3.4-mile course packs in 20 turns, a total change in elevation to 133 feet and a back straight that's a full three-quarters of a mile long. What's more, the circuit is designed to promote passing for American fans with short attention spans thanks to plenty of long straights followed by tight, 45-degree turns. Hellmund said that the cars should be able to click off a 200 mph top speed, and will sail by the grand stands at 180 mph or more.

Interestingly enough, the course's designers have borrowed heavily from other tracks from around the world. Turns 3-6 are nearly carbon copies of a series of apexes at Silverstone, while 12-15 pay homage to Hockenheim. One section that's guaranteed to generate plenty of action is turns 16-18, a multi-apex monster cut from the same cloth as Istanbul's turn 8.

The Austin F1 course is slated to bare its first race by 2012, and there's some word that construction will get under way this December.



[Source: Formula 1, The Statesman]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      45 degrees is a tight turn?
        • 4 Years Ago
        45 degrees as in:

        The section after the turn forms a 45 degree acute angle with the section before the turn. Look at the map, man...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Elevation on a Tilke track!? Hell has frozen over!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how it's raised off the ground, like the Great Wall of China, or something. It's going to be interesting to see what happens when drivers go over the edge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Silly Jason. I'm sure the designers have thought of that and installed bowling-style bumpers along the track and put bumpers on the side of the cars!
        • 4 Years Ago
        death-race 2000
      Vancito
      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does this tracks dynamics, and even overall look, appear similar to VIR's? I wish that track could've taken the reigns for the USGP, it's simply fantastic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any chance that they'll have track days on this course? Do they do that with F1 courses? I'd love to get some track time in right here at home.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not enough american references and banking. The nascar people need a place to feel comfortable and then some. They should NOT have a four apex corner. It will spread the grid out too much. At least put a banked corner there. There could also be a reference to Riverside dogleg/bank corner where that bahrain cookiecorner that no one will watch from is.

      Otherwise, pretty good. Though I'd at least advertise that those esses are like Road Atlanta's if I were them. It's not good to copy exactly a british section into an american one. How would that go in conversation?

      Promoter: "And this is the part that's based off Maggots and Becketts."
      American: "Based off what and what?"
      Promoter: "They're carbon copies of famous corners from Silverstone, the British Grand Prix's circuit."
      American: "... what are you trying to say? You tryin to pull some apple pie and car debate? gtfo!"

      Haha
      • 4 Years Ago
      "designed to promote passing for American fans with short attention spans"

      You'll have to forgive us. We haven't honed our mental focus to razor sharpness upon that grand forge of watching a bunch of guys wander aimlessly around a pitch for an hour and a half. ;D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Add another cut for the bristol channel and you've got a pretty good map of Great Britain!
      • 4 Years Ago
      F1 will be okay wait until the ALMS is on it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks good so far
        • 4 Years Ago
        Indeed it does, may be Tilke's best track thus far, though that wouldn't be saying much it does look good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the ultimate pipe dream. Anyone who thinks this is actually going to happen is delusional. Factor in: The whims and loyalty of Bernie the greedy +110 degree Texas mid-summer + to great driving distance to enough population = DOA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Given that the race will probably be late May, early June, where the high temp was only 96 this year (and that was late June), I'd say the weather compares favorably to Malaysia, Bahrain, Istanbul, Abhu Dabi, and a number of other races.

        You are aware that the track is located within a few miles of an international airport?

        It's not good if you have to make up random facts to support your argument.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So land has been secure, permits have been secured, the Texas government is kicking in $20mil for the race fee, the track has been designed, and all the investors are locked in but this is a pipe dream? We may not start in 2012, but this thing is happening.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "You are aware that the track is located within a few miles of an international airport?"

        i'm pretty sure thousands of people will go there by plane...seriously, did anyone here ever travel to a race by plane? this might work in Monacco but not in Texas. we'll see the same amount of visitors as we do in these middle eastern races.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know how much commitment has went into this but you have a point. 2012 is a long time away and anything can happen between now and then. Especially with Bernie involved. Heck, he was about to drop the British GP. I hate the pay-to-play mentality of the F1 business. Abu Dhabi? Bahrain? Seriously? I have nothing against those nations but I'm sure money was a bigger factor than the fan base for them to have a spot.
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