Six years on, Singapore’s signature Formula One™ street circuit continues to deliver
Sep 8, 2014
When the agreement to host a Formula One (F1) race in Singapore was signed in 2007, questions arose on how the small city-state would pull off a night-time street circuit race in the heart of downtown Singapore. The challenges included making sure that the street circuit would be able to withstand the intense speed and pressure F1 cars running at over 300kmh generate on the track; as well as Singapore’s varied climate and temperature.
Shell Bitumen’s Shell Cariphalte Racetrack technology was used to pave the 23-turn, 5.065 km Marina Bay Street Circuit. The circuit was also paved overnight (midnight – 6am), so as not to disrupt the daily traffic. Over the course of the two-month project, over 15,000 tonnes of asphalt was laid.
Six years on, as the Singapore Grand Prix has gained popularity as one of the F1 calendar’s most exciting races, the street circuit continues to deliver the same performance standards as when it was first paved in 2008. Only minor maintenance works have been needed since.
Shell Cariphalte Racetrack meets all the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile’s (FIA) stringent track surface requirements, so many of today’s iconic racetracks, including the F1 circuits in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Germany, Malaysia, as well as Scuderia Ferrari’s very own test track in Fiorano, Italy, also use Shell’s solution for its high quality and advanced performance.
“Our continued investment in research and development has allowed us to develop products that are designed to go beyond standard bitumen applications. Our credentials in motorsports underline our commitment to providing our customers with fit for purpose solutions that are not only formulated to withstand the pressures put upon the racing surface, but also extend the lifespan of the surface itself,” said Emily Tan, Shell Bitumen’s General Manager for Asia and Middle East.
Shell Bitumen Global: Oliver Lim +65 9727 8960 firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
- Shell Bitumen is the world’s largest bitumen marketing business with over 1,600 customers in over 30 countries. Shell supplies over 11,000 tonnes of bitumen daily (4 million tonnes a year). It supplies enough bitumen to resurface around 400 kms of roads daily.
- Shell manufactures bitumen in strategic locations around the world, including Germany, Netherlands, Singapore and the United States.
- Shell Bitumen operates a dedicated bitumen research and development centre in Bangalore, India and regional solution centres in China, France and Thailand.
- Shell Bitumen offers a portfolio of bitumen solutions suitable for use in a wide variety of applications, such as airports, highways, city roads, heritage areas, etc.
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