Race organisers for the forthcoming United States Grand Prix have announced American architectural firm HKS will collaborate with Tilke GmbH on the construction of the new Austin circuit. The purpose-built track in Texas will stage the US event from 2012, when Formula One racing returns to the country for the first time in five years.
Never before has a cast been assembled in motorsports history that has the combined wealth of experience and knowledge that HKS and Tilke bring to this project, said Tavo Hellmund, chairman of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. Having industry leaders in sports facility architecture and design raises the bar for future motorsports facilities in this country and around the world. We are pleased that a collaboration of this calibre will take place in Texas.
HKS have more than 50 years’ experience of designing sports venues. The Dallas-based companys portfolio includes Rio de Janeiros Estadio Maracana, Acapulco’s Mextenis and Torreon Mexico’s Estadio Corona. The firm is also responsible for a plethora of football, baseball, soccer and collegiate facilities in the United States.
We are extremely energised about our role in bringing the Formula 1 United States venue to life, said Mark Williams, principal with HKS. We are honoured to work with Tilke, a global leader in racetrack construction, and the entire Formula 1 United States team. Our design expertise, coupled with this world entity, will result in a destination environment that will elevate the face of Formula 1 United States on a global scale and further enhance one of Americas great cities.
As a global leader in the construction of modern-day tracks, Tilke has been responsible for numerous projects, including the Bahrain International Circuit, Turkeys Istanbul Park, the Korea International Circuit, Malaysias Sepang International Circuit, the Shanghai International Circuit in China and Abu Dhabis Yas Marina Circuit.
The 3.4-mile Austin track will combine 133 feet of elevation change and 20 turns. The circuits master plan also features additional visitor attractions including a proposed driving/riding experience and seminar building, motorsports driving club, kart track and welcome centre.
For more information, visit www.formula1unitedstates.com.
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