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Old 4 Dec 2013, 23:35 (Ref:3340281)   #1
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Formula E Circuit Design Thread

Hello, all,

It's been a while since I've posted something decent on here. And it may just be a little while longer as I actually don't have any tracks to show for myself. But Formula E, the new electric Formula racing series everyone is raving about, presents a unique challenge not just for me but for all track designers: street circuit racing within major cities. Here are the ten, if you aren't familiar:

Europe
- Monte-Carlo, Monaco (supposedly the same layout as F1 track)
- Berlin, Germany (held at the abandoned Tempelhof Airport)
- London, England (rumors of circuit near Wembley Stadium grounds or 2012 Olympic Park)

Asia
- Beijing, China (highly rumored circuit in the 2008 Olympic Park)
- Putrajaya, Malaysia

South America
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Puente del Este, Uruguay

North America
- Miami, FL, USA
- Los Angeles, CA, USA

So that's your challenge! There are only a few restrictions...

1. The track or facilities cannot run on the city's major road(s).
2. The circuit must be at least three lanes wide at all times.
3. The circuit must be within 20 or so miles from the city centre.
4. Shoot for 2.5-3.0 km in length... a little over or under is OK but try to design it to fit to that distance regulation.
5. Must have suitable facilities for paddock, event parking, spectator stands, etc.

Here's a taster of the Hong Kong Formula E track that got shelved...



Let the designing commence.
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Old 5 Dec 2013, 00:51 (Ref:3340296)   #2
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I can't see a streets of Wembley. The Stadium is in a very Urban area, ad the only reason it gets away with the size of crowd that fit into it, is the fact that it has it's own railway station immediatley to the South, and and Underground station to the North that has it's own dedicated footpath (Wembley Way) that's 20 yards wide and 600m long.

The latest Google Earth images of the Olympic park still shows lots of construction (or perhaps dismantling) going on with temporary roadways etc. Something there might be possible but there are also lots of little bridges in that area as the Olympic Park was built on a number of small islands.
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Old 5 Dec 2013, 14:31 (Ref:3340459)   #3
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Putrajaya, Malaysia

My proposal for the Formula E track in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
2.51mi/4.0km. Anti-clockwise. Elevaton taken from Google Earth.
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Old 5 Dec 2013, 14:44 (Ref:3340463)   #4
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Are there any significant differences between "traditional" and electric racing cars? I man trackdesign-wise. What are the things we have to take into consideration we didn't have to with "normal" cars, and the things we don't have to take into consideration we had to with normal cars?

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My proposal for the Formula E track in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
2.51mi/4.0km. Anti-clockwise. Elevaton taken from Google Earth.
It needs to be 2.5 - 3 km to comply with Formula E specifications. :/

Nevertheless, I like it! Cyberjaya... sounds like something out of some William Gibson steampunk novel.
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Old 7 Dec 2013, 16:46 (Ref:3341259)   #6
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Putrajaya Redesign

Redesign of my Putrajaya track. 1.81mi/2.92km Anticlockwise
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One quick question... Are airports allowed?
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One quick question... Are airports allowed?
Yes, unless the venue has already confirmed their relative location and it doesn't happen to be at an airport (Los Angeles, for example).
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You have to consider the car performance (no long straights), and the circuit requirement - the pits need to be big - 2 cars per driver 2 drivers per team. They also have to be next to major power sources - ie a stadium.
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http://goo.gl/maps/dwaF0
I hope that's good (It isn't...)
Track goes counter-clockwise.
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Rio de Janeiro

Here is my idea for the race in Rio. It has 12 turns, runs in a clockwise direction and is 2.67km (1.66mi) in length. The start line is the red dot on the east side of the circuit, and the pit straight is the longest on the course, at 718m. The screenshot (below right) is just a view from turn 12 (the final corner). Just in case you were wondering, the pit lane exit does not run straight into harms way. It curves off, pointing to the right and towards turn 3. Any other ideas you may have? Feel free to reply.
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Old 27 Dec 2013, 00:31 (Ref:3348079)   #12
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my proposal for tempelhof

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6164206

would probably be too fast the formula e cars so i added chicanes for a second layout

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6164209

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Given what we now know of FE racing, I think this deserves a bump.
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I've been trying to draw a circuit for Florence, Italy, which has some very interesting roads up on the hillside around the Piazza Michelangelo. Unfortunately, none of these seem to loop conveniently back on themselves.

I've designed this one down by the hippodrome instead.

It's maybe a little too narrow in places, and the straights are a bit long. Also, I think I'd run it in the opposite direction (clockwise)

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6682081
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Don't sweat the width, some areas on the calendar are terrifyingly narrow, but another chicane on the front straight would be desirable.

I prefer Roma myself, but I had the same problems and settled on the Circus Maximus, for centuries the largest speed-sport arena in the world and still well up the order if it is counted.

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6666938
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