Padua

21st-24th October 2021

Padua

21st-24th October 2021

30 Mar

ITALY'S BIG CIRCUITS: THE MONZA RACING TRACK

in: CARS AND MOTORS TODAY
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Built in 1922, Monza was the third biggest in the world after Brooklands and Indianapolis. A temple of speed but also of road safety.

With its unmistakeable upside-down 'L' shape, the Monza National Racetrack has played an important part in the history not only of racing sports but also road safety. Important innovations were researched on its surface, such as Telepass, guard rails and draining asphalt, to mention but a few.

Italy hosted more F1 Grand Prix races than any country in the world (that's 100) and Monza is the historic seat of the Italian Grand Prix (in 2020, the 70th edition took place at the Race Track). Monza's circuit has a long tradition in the search for speed.

Among the monuments of historic motor-racing, there's the mighty Sopraelevata, designed in 1955 to improve performance even further. The track, similar to the original one from 1922, featured two bends with a radius of approximately 320 metres and two straight sections measuring 875 metres. The maximum incline of the bends was 80%, allowing for very high average speeds in uniform conditions. Designed by engineers Antonio Beri and Aldo Di Renzo, it would have allowed pilots to reach the barrier of 300 kilometres per hour!

In the photo, you see an F1 Alfa Romeo Sauber exhibited by EGV1 in Padua in 2020