|The Singapore Grand Prix, Formula One’s one and only Night race, is on schedule for Round 13 of the Championships from 20 to 22 September.|
Here’s a behind-the-scene perspective of the Singapore GP which runs for the sixth time this weekend:
The Marina Bay street circuit was inaugurated in 2008 and hosted the F1 World Championship’s first night race. Though, the Abu Dhabi GP is often mistaken for a night race; it’s in fact not a night race. The F1 race in the Middle East usually takes place late afternoon (when there’s still bright sunshine) and the race concludes at dusk. Therefore, Singapore is the one and only night race in all of F1.
Almost 1700 headlights fed by 2000W lamps placed on a 7-km-long aluminium truss which is supported by 247 steel pylons, a 214-km-long electric cables system, 475 switchboards, a 57-km-long optical fibers system, 47 closed-circuit cameras for race monitoring placed in the operations center.
DZ Engineering: responsible for ensuring a successful F1 night race in Singapore
More than 530 loudspeakers arranged in all the areas attended by the audience, 500 radios for the communication between race commissioners and race professionals, 160 days of hard work and hundreds of men engaged. The company responsible for the entire setup along the Marina Bay is none other than the Italian company DZ Engineering, which is headquartered in Forlì. “It takes a six-month-assembly and dismantling work to arrange a three-day-event. In fact, it’s a fully off-taking lighting system”, Project Manager Roberto Grilli explained. “It takes 100 days to install it. At mid-May we start to setup all the infrastructures inside which the track lighting system, the close-circuit cameras for on-track operations and the loudspeakers for sound diffusion, will be placed. We need to have all systems installed by the end of August, as it takes 10 days for them to be tested.”
When the festivities end, the dismantling begins the same night of the race and it takes about one month to dismantle the whole system. The DZ Engineering team have an extra challenge during this process; they have to work in the heart of a very dynamic city and on streets which are open to daily traffic.
The DZ Engineering’s name is also linked to the design and installation of all devices related to on-track safety, which is guaranteed through a close-circuit cameras system and a sound and communication system. The system is fed by twelve stations which are deployed along the circuit. Each station is equipped with two 500 kVA power units working at the same time. In case of malfunction of one of the two units, the second one is able to support the whole electric load, which is equal to 30-35%. The track lighting system is made available through 1565 headlights powered by a 2000 W lamp, while the three tunnels are fed by 179 headlights powered by a 400 W lamp. Interestingly, galleries and paddocks are lighted by respectively 98 and 80 headlights.
With everything already in place, the action is set to see either Red Bull Racing or Ferrari will triumph at this year’s Singapore GP. Will it be Reigning Champion Sebastien Vettel or Marina Bay Street circuit expert Fernando Alonso taking the top step of the podium this time around?