The Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial has teamed up with Omland Engineering Associates, LLC for the design of its temporary circuit that will host Formula 1 on the streets of Weehawken and West New York in June 2013.
Omland has been collaborating with German engineering group Tilke GmgH to design the race course and the areas surrounding the track. Part of Omland's role was to provide detailed surveying and mapping of the track and adjacent areas. The task of surveying proved particularly crucial to the project, due to the low ground clearance of Formula 1 cars.
For areas surrounding the course, an ongoing challenge for Omland has been creating smooth transitions with minimal disruption to intersecting streets, sidewalks, parks, utilities, and traffic controls. After design is complete, Omland will be applying for the major permits and approvals for the project.
The 3.2-mile course will run on existing public streets starting at the Weehawken Ferry Terminal. The course climbs up, and travels along the edge of the Palisades, 160 feet above the Hudson River, all with New York City as its backdrop. On the straightaways between a hairpin and several 90-degree turns, drivers are expected to reach speeds of nearly 200mph.
“The design challenges for a race course that runs on existing roads in a dense urban area are much more complex compared to those in a rural area, but the processes of discovering solutions are much more rewarding. It's been a privilege to work closely with the race promoters to design a first-class course that will be desirable to spectators”, said Omland vp Geoff Lanza.
“We're honored to welcome Omland Engineering Associates to the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial family,” said race promoter Leo Hindery. “Their technical know-how will ensure this course is among the best in the world, providing a safe, fun and entertaining environment for fans and racers in the midst of an incredibly urban landscape.”
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