Delhi is larger in radius than Noida

Buddh International Circuit

One of the newer courses in the Formula One racing circuit is in India, more precisely in the city of Greater Noida in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh is actually quite well known, but since we are not very familiar with India, we cannot give any major tourist recommendations. First of all, we are interested in the fact that there is an automobile race track in Greater Noida. Here we are therefore presenting a replica using the rails from Carrera, which is supposed to represent the Buddh International Circuit in Delhi, which in 2011 hosted a Formula One Grand Prix race for the first time, namely the Indian Grand Prix on 30 October 2011. In the following two years, 2012 and 2013, Grand Prix races were also held here, all three of which were won by Sebastian Vettel. The average speeds that Vettel achieved were over 200 kilometers per hour, which suggests that this racetrack is a very smooth course to drive. In his first race, Sebastian Vettel also managed a Grand Slam, because he led the race from pole position and, in addition to first place, also set the fastest race lap. Jenson Button and Kimi Räikkönen drove the fastest laps in 2012 and 2013. If you research the available sources, you will quickly find out in which way our plan attempts an interpretation that can follow the model in some detail. However, when it is set up, it is also a relatively large track measuring 5.40 mx 7.92 m. This is largely due to the fact that, for the sake of the desired driving fluidity, we only do not forego curves where it is absolutely necessary, which have the narrowest curve radius currently available - 8 curve radii R1, for example, 20 curves with the radius R2 across from. But if the curves in the north of the route (here in the plan to the west) already have the radius R2, the entire route is of course enlarged accordingly, but little can be adjusted. In our proposal, the route lengths are 25.72 m on the inner lane and 26.35 m on the outer lane. If the lengths, based on the total length of the track, are very close to each other with a difference of a good 60 cm, they can still be equalized to an intermediate length by using crossover parts, which we do not specify here. From the information available to the public, it is easy to see that the original racetrack is around 5.125 km long, and 60 laps are driven in the Grand Prix. 60 laps also seem to be feasible for the model driver, they may even be over a little too quickly. The temperatures in the October races in Delhi are still extremely warm by European standards, maybe you have to build a potato fire somehow when you follow the races yourself or set up a cannon stove in your garden, because a room that can offer enough space for the circuit, will hardly be available so quickly. The hilly nature of the original route will also not be able to reproduce quite as well with the track material from Carrera, because it is somewhat brittle, if you want to put it that way. Whether you want to expand the route into a proverbial mountain-and-valley ride is up to you.

The parts list throws out the following:

Carrera 132/124 20509 Standard Straight 45
Carrera 132/124 20515 Connection Straight 1
Carrera 132/124 20571 Curve R1 / 60 ° 8
Carrera 132/124 20572 Curve R2 / 30 ° 21
Carrera 132/124 20573 Curve R3 / 30 ° 4
Carrera 132/124 20577 Curve R1 / 30 ° 3
Carrera 132/124 20611 Third Straight 1
Carrera 132/124 20612 Quarter Straight 2

For orientation we also provide a color-coded plan, because the color scheme may help a little with the structure - otherwise the whole thing can quickly become confusing.

The track length on a scale of 1:32 would be about 160.50 m. However, this would require significantly more track sections than can usually be stored in the attic or in the basement. Therefore, the 60 laps to be driven are significantly faster than Sebastian Vettel's record lap in 2011 in Formula One on this racetrack. Vettel was 1: 27.249 minutes on his fastest lap on the course. That will be a lot faster on Carrera, but it will be true to scale. Fascinating races have already been held with great regularity on the Buddh circuit in the past, and perhaps it is also possible to capture the fascination of the racetrack to scale and relate it to a Carrera structure. In our presentation of the race track, including that of Buddh, we try to orientate ourselves on two parameters. On the one hand, we want to implement a reasonably realistic and lifelike route on the Carrera car racetrack system, so that Buddh's route plan has the same look and feel as in the photographic images. On the other hand, the route plan should also allow a reasonably practical everyday handling for hosting slot car races. Depending on the size of the situation, this sometimes means that the Buddhist racetrack with Carrera tracks can only be set up in the garden or in an attic, but we always try to make racing fun possible in the living room too. In general, however, it is of course the case that the suggested route loses its realism the more it is reduced in size and abstracted. A suggested route is always a compromise, and Buddhism's route is no different. Nevertheless, we hope that with the route proposal we can at least provide some inspiration for your own route construction. We wish you lots of fun with Carrera - and maybe even with the Buddh circuit!