The Buddh International Circuit is a 5.14 km long Indian Motor Racing Circuit situated in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
The Track was officially inaugurated on 18th October 2011 and the first annual Formula One Indian Grand Prix was hosted on 26th October 2011.
Buddh International Circuit has been designed as one of the fastest and highly exciting Motor Racing Circuits in the World and is best suited to the requirements of powerful, high-spec racing of Cars and Motorcycles. After successfully playing a host of highly appreciated 3 rounds of Formula One Indian Grand Prix, BIC has also earned laurels of organizing many Corporate events, Musical Concerts, Marathons, Conferences, Conventions and international and national events.
The 5.14 km Track has 16 Corners, the right mixture of fast corners, long straights, and hard braking zones. It is a fantastic track that ensures to challenge the technical skills and endurance of Drivers and Riders. For high speed there are two straights; Back stretch is 1.24 Km long & Main stretch is 900 meters long which helps to overtake and check the capability of the machines. Dramatic changes in elevations from (0 – 14 meters) make this Track more exciting.
PIT Lane at the Circuit is 600 meters long with 41 Garages and 18 Team Buildings.
Here are the specifications of the Buddh International Circuit:
- Track direction: Clockwise
- Length of the race-track: 5.137 Km (3.192 miles)
- No. of turns: 16
- Fastest Speed: 320 Kmph
- Average Speed in a lap: 210 Kmph
- Fastest Lap duration: 1minute 27seconds
- Full Throttle Percentage in a lap: 62 %
Here is turn-by-turn analysis:
The Main Stretch is 950 meters long (nearly a kilometer). The first turn is one of the rare braking zones in this circuit. It is a right-handed turn, it would force the drivers to approach the turn from the left side of the pit straight to get good traction on the exit of turn 1.
A sweeping left-hander awaits the drivers after a tricky turn 1. Drivers would mostly be on full throttle in this turn which ends in a small straight leading to turn 3. Elevation from turn 2 to turn 3 is 14 meters.
It is a hairpin turn. At the exit of turn 3, there is a DRS detection zone. After a slow turn 3 comes the fastest part of the circuit. All drivers would be on full throttle in the 1.24 Km long straight after turn 3. This is where the DRS zone is. Stretch starts at 14 meters, comes down to ground level and ascends to 12 meters, approaching turn 4.
Turn 4 comes at a steep inclination, the art of taking a turn on this corner is tested the most as it is one of the trickiest turns of the Track after the long straight stretch.
Turn 5 marks the beginning of Chicane and the technical aspect of the track. It is a sweeping left-hander in which the cars would be at the speed of 200 kmph.
Turns 6 & 7:
The turns 6 and 7 resemble the alphabet ‘S’. Turn 6 is a left-hander coming in from turn 5. It is followed by a sharp right-handed turn 7.
Turns 8 & 9:
A small straight precedes turn 8. Yet another ‘S’ follows, with the only difference being that the right-hander is followed by a sharp left-hander. Then comes a small straight leading up turn 10.
Turns 10, 11 &12:
Instead of being 3 separate turns, this sequence of turns forms an elevated banked curve (a parabola). Drivers would wish to carry as much speed as possible in this ‘curve’
Turn 13 is a sweeping left-hander, which comes off a short straight following turn 12. There is no scope for overtaking in turns 13 and 14 which are tight and fast-paced.
Another sweeping right-hander which requires little/no braking from the driver’s point of view. The track is quite wide in these turns which might encourage overtaking.
A short straight precedes turn 15 which is a sharp right turn. Drivers need to get good traction out of turn 15 to challenge the driver ahead while moving downhill towards turn 16.
Turn 16 is a downhill left-hander. It’s a tough one for the driver’s because it’s a descending corner requiring very hard braking to maintain the racing line, and thrilling because the entry to the corner is wide.
BIC is one of the Safest Track in the world in terms of adherence to Safety Norms and Regulations.
RACE CONTROL ROOM
Race Control Room is the Nerve Centre of the Circuit and every track activity is monitored and controlled by race track managers, through 50 remote access control cameras across the circuit covering the whole track.
BIC uses advance Race Management Systems; GPS enabled and synchronized, Time Keeping, Public-Address System, Digi Signaling system and Digital video recording (DVR).
Race Track uses a highly advanced communication system between different Track teams.
For smooth communication at track, we have integration of multiple high tech systems like Barco Video Wall System, Digiflag system, Multichannel wireless radios, Fault Indication System, Timekeeping, Digital Video Storage, SMATV, etc connected with the fiber length over 450 Kms.
Race Control Room also communicates with the Drivers and the Riders through Digital Flags providing programmed and controlled environment for the Drivers and Riders on the Track. Digital flags can easily show all the racing conduct flags on a digital display which is placed after every 50 meters on both sides on track.
BIC is one of the fastest race track in the world and it is equipped to handle the high-speed driving and riding on the track.
1 – Wide Run Off areas are the first line of track safety which gives a chance to control your vehicle back if you overshoot out of two white lines on the race track.
2 – Gravel Traps which are 10 in numbers across the track is the second line of track safety. It is used to stop the speeding vehicle which overshoots the run-off areas. Gravel Bed is specifically designed to trap vehicle speed. It is a deep pit filled with loose gravel.
3 – Techpro Barriers – BIC is equipped with the world class Techpro barrier system which acts as a third line of track safety, if vehicle manages to overshoots the gravel trap due to high speed, Techpro barriers minimize the damage to the vehicle and the driver on impact and keep the driver and riders safe.
4 – FIA Beta Fence – the Fourth line of track safety is FIA homologated Beta fence which provides state of the art spectator protection. It is a permanently installed Beta fence that meets the stringent performance requirements set by the FIA Standard. It protects spectators and officials present near the track.
State of the Art Medical Centre is equipped with modern and Medical equipment as per FIA Medical Commission guidelines.
Medical Centre has (ICU Rooms, Burn Units, and Treatment Rooms) and all necessary medicines and consumables required for active resuscitation of injured Drivers, Riders and participants at the venue.
Facilities of two Helipads for Emergency Medical evacuation are also available.
BIC has trained Medical team as per Race Medical Commission guidelines.