Austin’s Formula One Track
Posted by thelazysombrero on November 6, 2011
Outside of Austin, a Formula One track is being built. It is the launchpad of an American campaign circuit plan sure to bring foreign investors to the states. So far the 10 year plan is projected to begin in 2012 and will end in 2021, so officials say. The track promises deep economic gain to companies such as Freescale and IBM, who have deep connections to formula one overseas. The track’s installation will be very beneficial to these two companies, who support alot of jobs in Austin. Austin Business Journal commented that the track would have the ability to put $25 million into the local economy annually. As alluring as all these projections are, there are problems with practical implications of the installation of the track. Many decisions have been made as to where the site will be, and the placement of the 3.4 mile track. Check out this link:
The track looks admittedly badass, as it starts with a jacknife turn in front of an audience of 130,00 curiously awaiting fans. Then, the cars will accelerate to top speeds of 200 mph (or 321.868 kph for our European viewers) through winding hairpin curves, another jacknife turn, 3 more large curves, and a 90 degree finish line stint. Here’s a visual.
It’s a typical American project – highly funded with no general concern as to how it will be accomplished. The real problem is that the neighbors aren’t very happy about it. The land has been cleared out and all of the indigenous animals are spreading out. Neighbors have reported animals eaten by the tremendous number of displaced coyotes, and a rise in rattlesnake sightings. These same neighbors also have to deal with a noisy construction site nearby for the next year or so. Let me know what you guys think about the new development!