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Italian company to light up Singapore Grand Prix
16/10/2007 - 18:24:08

The organisers of next year’s Singapore Grand Prix have turned to Italian lighting expert Valerio Maioli to illuminate what could be the first Formula One race to be held at night.

The chief of Italian firm Valerio Maioli S.p.a, which has been appointed as the lighting contractor for next year’s inaugural race in the island republic, revealed plans for lighting the downtown street circuit at a press conference in Singapore on Tuesday.

According to Maioli, the entire 5.067-kilometre track will be fitted with about 1,500 light projectors, placed four metres apart and suspended 10 metres above the track.

The projectors will produce a light level of 3,000 lux, the equivalent of lighting up four football stadiums.

Twelve twin-powered generators will produce the estimated three megawatts of power required to work the lighting system as well as the track’s PA system and monitoring equipment.

According to Maioli, the set-up was successfully tested at the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in France in July and September.

While the FIA’s final approval for the night racing plan has yet to be given, the lights will be brought to Singapore in early January for further testing in a controlled environment.

The lighting system is expected to be set up in the second quarter of 2008.