Go Back   LS1TECH > WEBSITE ACTIVITY FORUMS > Automotive News, Media & Press
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?
Search

Automotive News, Media & Press Television | Magazines | Industry News

Austin, TX - Home of the USA's Newest Race Track

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-17-2011, 07:18 PM   #1
TECH Veteran
 
TriShield's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 0
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Phoenix, AZ Hometown: Aberdeen, SD
Posts: 4,231
Send a message via ICQ to TriShield Send a message via AIM to TriShield Send a message via MSN to TriShield Send a message via Yahoo to TriShield
Default Austin, TX - Home of the USA's Newest Race Track

First Look: Circuit of the Americas

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

By Mike Magrath | October 17, 2011

It may not look like much now, but this mound of dirt is the future site of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Circuit of the Americas will host Formula 1, Moto GP, and the V8 Supercar Series from Australia. We got a quick look at the facility last week during a non-F1-related press event.

Circuit of The Americas is located on a 1,000 acre site in southeast Austin, about two miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport. That two miles takes half an hour and is pure Texas: longhorns, ranches, tiny houses on huge plots of land, massive drought.

The track is 3.4 miles long and can accommodate vehicles running at a top speed of 200 mph. The maximum elevation is 133 feet. The facility will be able to accommodate about 120,000 fans. But right now, there's only wide open land around the course. Land and rattlesnakes.

Here is an artist's rendering what the course will look like when completed. The as-yet unnamed hairpin curve (top right of photo) will be the signature turn of the course. We're naming it the "longhorn lasso," for now. There's still quite a bit of work to be done, but the track representatives say that the course will be ready in time to kick off the 2012 Formula 1 season on November 18, 2012.

We didn't get a chance to drive on the track (we tried), but a Redbull F1 car already has. Take a look at the vide of the Red Bull car kicking up a lot of dust and taking the first-ever lap around the track.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WRpB1utQXQ

Click the image to open in full size.
TriShield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 07:25 PM   #2
TECH Enthusiast
 
xX-Z28-Xx's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 4
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: I live in the GREAT state of IA
Posts: 696
Default

Might have to make a trip down there sometime...
__________________
Hugger Orange. A4. Lid. Magnaflow. 58K.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pipeless416 View Post

the beginning makes me want to head butt nuns.
xX-Z28-Xx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 10:27 PM   #3
LEO
TECH Addict
 
LEO's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 3
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: HOU - yeah, you know the rest.
Posts: 2,944
Default

Can't wait.
__________________
2013 Camaro SS/1LE Victory Red 465 rwhp 425 rwtq track times soon...
2011 Mustang GT Kona Blue bolt-ons + NOS 1.73 - 11.37 @ 124.69 SOLD
2006 Corvette Z06 Victory Red cam only: 1.87 - 11.19 @ 129.07 SOLD
Part time racer, Part time waxer, Full time PIMP{!}
LEO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 10:39 PM   #4
On The Tree
 
camAro242's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 4
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Katy, Texas
Posts: 142
Send a message via AIM to camAro242
Default

cant wait either, i want to find a way to get tickets so bad
__________________

Fquick page
Mods: Stock A4
Quote:
Originally Posted by wav3form View Post
You don't need HIDs, you need to get a stall and run 12s.
camAro242 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2011, 03:07 AM   #5
GFYS and STFU
 
Spoolin's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 8
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Here and sometimes there too.
Posts: 13,846
Send a message via AIM to Spoolin
Default

Time to move!!
__________________
Spoolin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2011, 04:36 PM   #6
Launching!
 
lt1camaro95's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 0
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Valley of the Sun
Posts: 261
Send a message via Yahoo to lt1camaro95
Default

Austrailian V8 supercar series already has Austin on the schedule for 2013. I wil be there for that one.
__________________
Aint got **** for now...except for the runs
lt1camaro95 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2011, 12:12 PM   #7
TECH Veteran
 
1CAMWNDR's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 21
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: NW Florida. Land of no 1/4 mile tracks.
Posts: 4,062
Default

Very nice!!!!
__________________
Mike
1999 Formula LQ9 421, T56, 9"
2008 Suzuki Bandit 1250
2010 Silverado ECSB Z71, 5.3, 6L80
1CAMWNDR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2011, 09:43 PM   #8
Launching!
 
violent_celerity's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 0
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Phoenix,AZ
Posts: 263
Send a message via MSN to violent_celerity
Default

Will definitely be driving down there for Moto GP
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by BLK85 View Post
I ride a sport bike because I like to be able to handle and go fast. If I just wanted to cruise and be a Sheep I would buy a Harley. If I wanted to cruise and not be a Sheep I would buy a Victory.
violent_celerity is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2011, 10:04 PM   #9
TECH Junkie
 
Trader Rating: 28
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 3,760
Send a message via AIM to whytryz28
Default

About damn time something like this happened.
__________________
93 Z28 CME- Cammed, stalled, geared (Going turbo)
01 Z28- Bolt-ons and Juice
69 Camaro- Forged 331 and a 200 shot
whytryz28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2011, 11:21 PM   #10
Tin Foil Hat Wearin' Fool
 
1slow01Z71's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 36
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 23,027
Send a message via MSN to 1slow01Z71
Default

My company is doing all the owner QA testing out there. Below is a copy paste of a post I made elsewhere that has some additional pictures you wont see anywhere else. Theyre a couple months old now but cool none the less.

Ended up making it out to the F1 track today and took a few pictures. Its hard to explain some of the pictures and the orientation of them in text but Ill try. I got a picture of the overall plan of the track so some of the pictures may make a bit more sense after seeing it.
View from our job trailer
Click the image to open in full size.
Heading out the main rodadof the job
Click the image to open in full size.
Excavation for the actual track path
Click the image to open in full size.
Looking back to the NEish corner of the project
Click the image to open in full size.
You can see downtown Austin in the faint distance to the west, in person its actually much clearer but my camera makes it look foggy(cell phone 8mp camera)
Click the image to open in full size.
Where the crane is at is where the north tunnel will be
Click the image to open in full size.
Plan of the track,t he following pictures are taken from the far SE corner of the project on the map where the hairpin turn is
Click the image to open in full size.
Looking out to the middle
Click the image to open in full size.
Looking to left or south
Click the image to open in full size.
Far NE corner of project
Click the image to open in full size.
Coming down the main hill looking down at the paddock area(the big lighter colored area)
Click the image to open in full size.

The shear amount of dirt being moved out there is astronomical. The track is on average 30' wide, and the select fill(imported material) is 20' thick. I forget how long exactly the track is but its well over a mile. As you can see they have a LONG way to go but its slowly taking shape. Lunch time is funny, all of the equipment onsite(~100 pieces+/-) have to come up to the front to eat so it looks like a bunch of ants coming to food but theyre all 631 scrapers(250,000# machinery) and D9s and soon some D10 dozers.

There will be some big hills at certain parts of the track that will be "lawn seating" where you can hang out on a blanket and watch the race. Who knows how much those will cost but thats probably all my poor *** can ever hope to afford. The grandstands are relatively small for the track IMO but the architectural renderings of the site look very nice. It will definitely be bringing a decent chunk fo change to Austin.
1slow01Z71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2012, 03:13 AM   #11
TECH Fanatic
 
ls1 1990 VN's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 0
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Auckland, Nth Is, New Zealand.
Posts: 1,354
Default

Any update on this track guys?

Not sure if you guys are aware of the change going to happen for the Aussie Supercars in 2013 in the new car of the future being formed.
Different chassis design, open to other manufacturers, Nissan Aust will supply engines & support to the Kelly Bros who will run 4 cars.

Betty Klimenko 'Erebus Motorsport' has gone against Mercedes wishes in funding a partnership with Stone Bros racing to the tune of $12.5 mil who race Fords & will now change to Mercedes running 3 cars.

Mercedes do not want to be associated with blue collar cars such as the Ford/Holden being that Mercedes are considered 'prestige' Hopefully this will change in the future as more makes enter this category.

Erebus Motorsport has been dominant in the Australian GT category with Mercedes-AMG’s SLS AMG GT3 racecar.
Her wealth & persistence payed off in getting Mercedes to supply her with the 5 ltr AMG race engines, & assuming the car panels to fit the controlled chassis used by all cars, same suspension, g/box, diff etc etc.
All cars to be a 5 ltr n/a controlled HP (650fwhp) approx. Manufacturers without a V8 can use either the Ford or Chev currently used.

This Australian race category will only get better in the following years as hopefully manufacturers will get behind it with their support, ie: BMW, Audi, Chrysler, Toyota, etc join.
__________________
90 Holden. C5 LS1,T56,4.10s, 330mm fr rotors wilwood 4 spot calipers,1 7/8" headers,3.5" exh, Firecore 50.TSP 5.3 stg 2.5 heads,BTR 660 Springs, Comp Trunions,hrdnd p/rods,LS7 Caddy Lifters,Tick sns stg 3 cam,Cloyes Hex a just timing gears,C5R chain & LS2 Damper,Xtreme puck clutch.Fast 102,NW 102.Delphy 42's,Walbro 255. Mahle 3.908 pistons,Scat rods,.ARP 2000 bolts, 3 qrt Accusump ATI Damper.MGW.30mm fr sway bar,noltec,king sp low,koni adj shocks,Link G2 ecu. caster camber kit,adj rear panhard,

Last edited by ls1 1990 VN; 10-09-2012 at 11:53 AM..
ls1 1990 VN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2012, 01:44 PM   #12
TECH Veteran
 
Wnts2Go10O's Avatar
 
Trader Rating: 12
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Rockville, MD
Posts: 4,303
Send a message via AIM to Wnts2Go10O
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ls1 1990 VN View Post
Any update on this track guys?

Not sure if you guys are aware of the change going to happen for the Aussie Supercars in 2013 in the new car of the future being formed.
Different chassis design, open to other manufacturers, Nissan Aust will supply engines & support to the Kelly Bros who will run 4 cars.

Betty Klimenko 'Erebus Motorsport' has gone against Mercedes wishes in funding a partnership with Stone Bros racing the the tune of $12.5 mil who race Fords & will now change to Mercedes running 3 cars.

Mercedes do not want to be associated with blue collar cars such as the Ford/Holden being that Mercedes are considered 'prestige' Hopefully this will change in the future as more makes enter this category.

Erebus Motorsport has been dominant in the Australian GT category with Mercedes-AMG’s SLS AMG GT3 racecar.
Her wealth & persistence payed off in getting Mercedes to supply her with the 5 ltr AMG race engines, & assuming the car panels to fit the controlled chassis used by all cars, same suspension, g/box, diff etc etc.
All cars to be a 5 ltr n/a controlled HP (650fwhp) approx. Manufacturers without a V8 can use either the Ford or Chev currently used.

This Australian race category will only get better in the following years as hopefully manufacturers will get behind it with their support, ie: BMW, Audi, Chrysler, Toyota, etc join.
the track is almost finished
__________________
89 Camaro RS: 6.0L, L92 heads, Patriot Golds, LS7 cam, Spec Flywheel, Ram Clutch, T56, Pro 5.0, Lous Short Stick, L76 Intake, Holley 90mm TB, 42LB delphi injectors, 255 Pump.
Quote:
Originally Posted by President George W. Bush
I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English.
May 1 2011
Wnts2Go10O is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2012, 01:44 PM
LS1Tech
Pontiac Firebird




Paid Advertisement
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Edmunds Dyno-Test - 2013 Mustang GT500 vs 2012 Camaro ZL1 TriShield Automotive News, Media & Press 34 06-06-2012 12:41 PM
Edmunds - Hagerty's 10 Future Collector Cars You Can Buy New Today for Under 100k TriShield Automotive News, Media & Press 9 01-30-2012 08:57 PM
LSA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pricing Released TriShield Automotive News, Media & Press 51 11-30-2011 09:32 PM
Edmunds Dyno-Test - 2011 Dodge Charger R/T HEMI TriShield Automotive News, Media & Press 14 04-08-2011 01:38 PM
Edmunds Dynos New 392 HEMI TriShield Automotive News, Media & Press 35 12-30-2010 04:34 PM


Tags
14, airport, americas, austin, circuit, cuircut, mile, race, track, tx


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



Join Ls1Tech

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:20 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 AC1
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertising - Terms of Service - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - JOBS
Emails & Contact Details