Carrying the RIT Tigers theme from my helmet livery, "The Den" is the affectionately named test track for the Rochester Institute of Technology. Short in length, fast, and comprised of some of the most famous corners in racing, The Den serves as the backdrop for the testing of the Formula X project.
During week 7 I took some time to shift gears. Much of the pre-production for the car is complete so I decided to focus my efforts on designing the test track environment for the final animation.
Much like the design of the car, I want the track to serve a purpose besides being a backdrop for the animation. I wanted to create a track that incorporated iconic and technical turns from existing F1 circuits. Here are a few of the locations I looked at in my research.
Leguna Seca: The Corkscrew
Possible the most difficult corner in all of motor racing, the corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Leguna Seca combines all the features of a corner that make racing difficult. A blind apex, steep elevation change, and high-speed chicane make it a true test of a car's engineering and a driver's confidence.
Monaco: The Swimming Pool Chicane
The tight narrow turns of the Monaco street circuit are legendary in the world of racing with corners that change directions
Spa Francorshamps: Eau Rouge
The high speed circuit of Spa is home to the left-right combination of Eau Rouge Radillion, a high-speed corner with an elevation change of almost 40 meters from beginning to end.
Nurburgring Nordschleife: Karusell
One of the oldest tracks in modern racing The Nurburgring is also one of the longest at 13 miles. The Karusell in particular would work well for this project because of it's hybrid "half-banked" hairpin which has tested the boundaries of grip for even the most advanced race cars.