Track designing contest
25th August 2014, 12:08 at 12:08 pm #271953
Just revisited my entry and noticed that the pitlane is actually way too short – meaning that there wouldn’t be enough space for garages, and it also may be quicker to go down the pit lane than on the main track… so I made a new one: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6418300
The cars would brake for the pit lane speed limit line just before that second kink (at the river crossing), then the first two-thirds of the garages would be lined up along the straight bit. Then, after going around the corner the remaining garages would be lined up. After that the rest of the pitlane is as it was before – going through the (modified) underpass and rejoining the track at the turn 3/4 chicane.25th August 2014, 22:39 at 10:39 pm #271983
Just around 24 hours left!
@vmaxmuffin it is funny to think about what if the pitlane was faster tan the track :D Curious what’d stewards do26th August 2014, 7:48 at 7:48 am #271994
@qingwa I guess they’d just make the pit speed limit really low, 40kph or something – although I’m not sure how well F1 cars run at that speed haha
That or force coming into the box everytime you enter the pits (to prevent driving straight through), and add a minimum stoppage time in the pit box maybe before work can start (similar to how they have the 5 sec. penalty at the moment).
Still, better to have a pit that’s actually slower, hahaha26th August 2014, 9:43 at 9:43 am #272282
Little_M_LoParticipant27th August 2014, 11:35 at 11:35 am #272411
Well, there wasn’t many entries:(
Ok, so the winner is @vmaxmuffin with his challenging track which has some low speed and high speed corners.27th August 2014, 11:51 at 11:51 am #272412
Today’s F1Fanatic Round-up announced that there is a possibility of a Greek Grand Prix, to be run near Athens. So, the challenge is to design a circuit suitable for the job.
1. Must be 4-7km long
2. Must be located somewhere within this area, west of Athens (mentioned in the article as being west of Athens): http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6420321
3. Can be a fully purpose built circuit, a street circuit, or a hybrid of the two – doesn’t matter.
4. A pitlane must be included
5. Buildings cannot be destroyed
6. In the case of street circuits, road width should be accounted for. If there is room to widen a narrow road then that is fine.
7. Run off room should also be accounted for.
Entries close this Monday at 5pm Australian Central Standard Time (9.5hrs ahead of GMT).
Good luck!27th August 2014, 17:58 at 5:58 pm #272455
@vmaxmuffin Your area doesn’t show up for me. Should I just assume anywhere west of Athens is fine, or do you want to try the boundary again?28th August 2014, 9:23 at 9:23 am #272509
The pitlane is the line northest at the start/finish of the lap. The circuit is 7km including the around 900m pitlane :)28th August 2014, 9:28 at 9:28 am #272510
@philereid yeah just build west of Athens. Dunno why these ‘big areas’ keep not working, haha. Mine was very big anyway so building west of Athens should be in the right spot. If you want guidelines, basically it was West of the A1 (‘A/D PAThE’) and south of the ‘Leof. Athinon’ highway. And of course north and west of the sea (haha).28th August 2014, 11:52 at 11:52 am #272515
http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6420643 In that case, here’s the one I did which worked. :)
4.4km clockwise/anticlockwise circuit, 13 corners. It starts just before the small turn to the right which would be flat, with the start finish straight being situated right below the wall of where the back part of the circuit it. Then comes the 90 left which is essentially T1. It then runs down the twisty straight, with bends in it which would be flat, but curved enough to count them as corners.
You then get the run down into the quite open hairpin, which leads onto a straight onto a relatively open 90 right. This adds a bit of variety as usually a straight is followed by a hard braking zone. This would be more like Stowe at Silverstone, but slightly quicker. There is then a quick run down to the next hard braking zone, which based on the previous corner, could be an overtaking opportunity.
After this, there is a really long straight which then jinks off right at the end (flat) and ends up at a hard braking zone 90 right, followed relatively quickly by another 90 right, but this one is slightly more open which should make entering the pit straight faster and give more opportunities for an overtake into T2. The final corner is a flat right which leads back onto the main part of the pit straight, right next to a wall of where the track is just before hand.
Obviously a defining feature of this track is a street circuit that does a figure 8.
The roads wouldn’t need widening for the most part, just having the middle grassy parts removed for tarmac. The hairpin of T5/6 would definitely need widening, but there is easily enough space to do it. The only other issue is coming down at the end of the longest straight, the jink to the right at the end goes down a quite thin road. This could be widened, but it would require the entire removing of the hill to the right as the track goes, which isn’t impossible. No buildings would need destroying, but a couple of walls would need to be removed in this section.28th August 2014, 13:07 at 1:07 pm #272525
The pitlane is the line northest at the start/finish of the lap. The circuit is 7km including the around 900m pitlane :)
I guess I must describe it :D
The circuit starts with a quick left corner, and another straight coming. A quick S is coming up and it is followed by a kink and the first braking/overtaking spot on the circuit, which is a left-hander. (Before and after this corner the are some very small chicanes which I didn’t want to have, I may correct it later) A very long, fast corner is following, leading to a chicane which can be very tricky and helps overtaking. Another fast section is following, and we come to a 90-degree corner, another overtaking spot. We go to some easy flat-out kinks and we go to another heavy braking spot. Then we go to a fast left corner, small straight and we go to a fast S to reach the start-finish straight!
Widening is not necessary, maybe only in the part where “Mega Motors” is.29th August 2014, 10:31 at 10:31 am #272594
A 6.3km flow-y circuit, inspired (somewhat) by Spa. The pit lane is on the right. Runs (mostly) anti clockwise. The circuit starts with a long left hairpin, which then leads to a series of downhill kinks. Drivers then funnel down to a 270-degree right turn, that winds steeply uphill, and passes over the circuit. Another fast, sweeping section leads into a tunnel, which curves to the left. After exiting the tunnel, drivers have to immediately negotiate a series of three left hand bends. The track then narrows, traversing the undulating hills. Key points in this section include a downhill right kink, followed by an uphill blind left hand bend. The track then widens into a long right hander, followed by a sweeping left hander to finish the lap.30th August 2014, 16:32 at 4:32 pm #272666
I’d like to change my design. Scratch the one above.
A circuit measuring exactly 7km. Runs anti-clockwise, the pit lane is on the right. A lot wider than the previous design.31st August 2014, 11:56 at 11:56 am #272712
Just over 20hrs to go guys, keep ’em coming.31st August 2014, 22:48 at 10:48 pm #272728
Fast and sweepy circuit with some tricky corners and hairpin in a tunnel :D
Starting just up 5km marker, on the left of the end of Sokraotus street, 1st corner is a left-hander
Pitlane is also unusual, N-shaped with boxes on the long straight and 2 shorter straights
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