Friday, March 18, 2005

Istanbul Formula 1 Project

Istanbul Formula 1 Speed Plan
Istanbul Formula 1 Project is an exciting project for F1 fans in Turkey. Besides the joy it will bring to F1 fans, F1 project will also bring tremendous amount of benefits to Turkish economy and tourism.

The Site of the Project is located on the Asian side of Istanbul , 6 km from the junction of Kurtkoy on the north side of TEM Motorway, linking Istanbul to Ankara . The site is close to the newly constructed Sabiha Gokcen Istanbul Airport . In addition to easy access form TEM and Airport, the Site is located within the green belt surrounded by forest and cultivated green fields. The area is clean of any pollution and pleasantly attractive for out door activities.

Istanbul Formula 1

The total area allocated for the Project is 2,215,000 m2. The racing circuit which runs counter-clockwise is 5,333 m long with an average width of 14 - 21.5 m, excluding Runoff Areas. The Circuit is composed of 13 curves, of which 6 are right turns and 7 left turns. The sharpest turn will have a radius of 15m. The start and finish section is 655.5m in length. The Circuit runs over 4 level sections with rising and descending grades. The maximum theoretical speed expected to be achieved will be 320.5 Km/hr.

F1 Project Speed Plan

The main parking areas, with the total parking capacity of 20,000 are located along the outer peripheral ring road which is 5,482m in length and will facilitate the movement of traffic on the outer limits of the project area.

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In addition, the project consists of 2.3 km of inner service roads and emergency lanes. There will be 4 under-passes and 3 pedestrian over passes linking the natural ground stands and temporary moveable stands with the parking areas. The central area is reserved for the construction of Go-Cart Racing track.

The main Grand Stand is under construction over an area of 12,700m2 and shall have the seating capacity of 30,000 spectators. In addition, the temporary stands and natural ground stands will provide a total capacity of over 155,000 spectators. The paddock buildings are two level structures. The ground floor sections are for the F1 teams and the upper floors will serve as hospitality areas with additional viewing capacity of 5,000 seats. There are two VIP towers being constructed at the two ends of paddock buildings, each consisting of 7 floors to provide a floor space of 7,392 m2.

EVREN® is working in two “10.5 hour shifts” to achieve the completion of the Project on time for 2005 Racing Schedule. As of December 2004, there are 27 engineers, 1450 construction workers and over 140 construction machines and equipment deployed on site.

Resource: Formula1-Istanbul.com

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