Formula One Uncovered: The BMW Sauber F1 Team PIT LANE PARK

Formula One Uncovered: The BMW Sauber F1 Team PIT LANE PARK  

on 05/09/2006

Source: BMW Group

The inner sanctum of Formula One has been thrown open to the public for the first time, with the launch of The BMW Sauber F1 Team PIT LANE PARK.

The park premiered at the Nurburgring this weekend, with both BMW Sauber F1 Team drivers, Jacques Villeneuve and Nick Heidfeld, plus test and reserve driver, Robert Kubica, on hand to put the F1 car through its paces in front of packed grandstands.

Nowhere is more critical to the outcome of a grand prix than the pit lane and The BMW Sauber F1 Team PIT LANE PARK brings all the excitement of pit stops, race strategies and team tactics to life in an entertaining, interactive attraction.

Spanning 5,400 square metres, the park, developed in conjunction with Disney World, can accommodate up to 16,000 visitors per day, and features a 90-metre-long stretch of track, leading to a 25-metre-diameter turning area flanked by grandstands.

The star of the show is the BMW Sauber F1.06 car, offering fans unprecedented up-close access to the sound, speed and dynamics of the world’s most state-of-the-art racing machinery. Powering up throughout the day, the F1 car will alternate on-track with a Formula BMW racing car, offering visitors an insight into the full spectrum of BMW motorsport’s abilities and achievements.

Complementing the on-track action, along the length of the pit lane, the park features garages comprising:

- a Pit Stop Challenge
- show cars on display in the pit lane garages: race-ready and stripped-down
- a chance to have your picture taken in F1 racing overalls
- interactive technical exhibits
- the chance to participate in a Formula One quiz
- driving simulators
- a BMW Sauber F1 Team merchandise shop
- Speaker’s Corner – for fans to question the drivers

BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen comments: ‘This high-tech adventure park brings a piece of the pit lane right to the spectators: it’s an adventure complex where fans can experience Formula One close at hand, and it’s going to be something special – something fans have never seen before in F1.’

After a full weekend at the European Grand Prix, The BMW Sauber F1 Team PIT LANE PARK will now move to Barcelona to support the Spanish GP from 12-14 May, before it comes to Silverstone on Thursday, 8 June and runs throughout the British GP weekend. The park will then visit Montreal, Monza and Shanghai later this year.

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