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Live Demonstration of the 2008 FORMULA 1â„¢ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix Lighting System

Singapore, 29 March 2008 – Organisers of the inaugural 2008 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix today demonstrated the lighting system that will make history in September, when Singapore hosts the world’s first night race on the FORMULA 1™ calendar.

Witnessed by Minister of State for Trade and Industry S Iswaran, key officials from race promoter Singapore GP and the Singapore Tourism Board, and other invited guests, lighting consultant Valerio Maioli S.p.A. switched on 16 lighting projectors on a 64-metre stretch set up on St Andrew's Road in front of the Padang. Simulating daylight conditions, the projectors are installed on aluminium trusses supported by three towers, each approximately 10 metres tall placed 32 metres apart and supported by a footing system with a steel plate.

The set-up offers a snapshot of the lighting infrastructure that will be used during the race event. This bespoke state of the art lighting system consists of pylons and footing system supplied by Singapore contractors, projectors by Philips and aluminium trusses from Italy. It will remain on St Andrews Road for a week till 6 April 2008, and members of the public can view the lighting infrastructure from 7pm till midnight daily.

The entire track will be fitted with nearly 1,500 lighting projectors and will be powered by 12 twin-power generators. An overall average of about 3000lux levels is required to illuminate the circuit, which is enough to meet High Definition Television broadcast standards. As a result, the track will be almost four times brighter than a typical stadium. Installation of the lighting system will be carried out in stages, starting with the Pit Straight in end-May with completion targeted for 31 August 2008.

The live demonstration of the lighting system is the latest milestone as Singapore prepares for race day in September. The pit building is 65 percent complete and well on track to be ready by end-June. In the advanced stages of completion are the modification works to existing roads, such as the removal of kerbs and traffic islands along the track, as well as the expansion of the Promenade at the National Day Parade seating gallery. The rest of the road works, such as the construction of a new track section in front of the pit building and the construction of a service road and tunnel to the pit building, are expected to be completed by end-May.

Mr Lim Neo Chian, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive at the Singapore Tourism Board, who chairs the FORMULA 1™ Working Committee, noted the project's steady progress. "Preparations for the race are in full swing and we are on schedule to stage the inaugural 2008 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. While we've still some way to go, works are progressing smoothly. The anticipation is building in Singapore, with an exciting line-up of lifestyle events being organised to enhance the visitor experience during the race period. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Singapore to enjoy our unique race and other festivities."

The Singapore GP Season (20 September to 5 October 2008) features a number of quality lifestyle events surrounding the FORMULA 1™ race. Besides the Singapore River Festival (19 to 28 Sept), the FORMULA 1™ - The Great Design Race (25 Aug to 2 Oct) at the National Museum of Singapore, the Singapore Biennale (11 Sept to 16 Nov) and the Singapore Motorshow 2008 (26 Sept to 5 Oct) at Suntec Singapore which were previously announced, other highlights include:

  • Singapore is one of just five FORMULA 1™ race destinations selected to host the Amber Lounge party(27 to 28 Sept), at the Conrad Centennial Singapore. This premium event attracts race drivers, team principals, team sponsors and international celebrities;
  • The Hefner Collection: Chinese Contemporary Oil Paintings (1 to 28 Sept) at the National Museum of Singapore will be the first time that the private collection, regarded as one of the world's most important collections of its kind, will be on public display;
  • The Bvlgari Watch Exhibition 2008 (18 to 28 Sept) at the Paragon features more than 100 exquisitely crafted timepieces by the luxury brand on show and for sale, including limited edition timepieces created exclusively for this event; and
  • The Diana Krall Live in Concert (26 Sept 2008) at the Marina at Keppel Bay kicks off the Asian tour for the world's best selling jazz artist.

About 2008 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix
The inaugural 2008 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix will take place on 28 September 2008 on a street circuit of public roads around the Marina Bay area. The race will be the first held at night in FORMULA 1™ history and is the first street race in Asia.

About Singapore GP Pte Ltd
Singapore GP Pte Ltd is the race promoter for the FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. It holds five-year renewable rights to stage the Singapore Grand Prix, beginning with the 2008 Season. The company is a partnership between Komoco Motors and regional events company Lushington Entertainments, via its parent company Reef Enterprises.

About the Singapore Tourism Board
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is an economic development agency for one of Singapore’s key service sectors – tourism. The mission of the Board is to develop and champion tourism, so as to build the sector into a key driver of economic growth for Singapore. The STB aims to differentiate and market Singapore as a memorable destination through the proliferation of the destination brand Uniquely Singapore.

FAST FACTS: FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix

Race Date 28 September 2008
  • Asia's first FORMULA 1™ street race
  • First night-race in FORMULA 1™ history*
*subject to approval by FIA
Number of Laps 61 (estimated)
Circuit Length 5.067 km
Track Width 10m to 15m
Race Direction Anti-clockwise
Number of Turns 24 turns, consisting of 14 left and 10 right turns
Maximum Speed
  • In excess of 300kph along Raffles Boulevard
  • Between 250 and 300kph on Pit Straight, St Andrew's Road and Esplanade Drive
Slowest Corners 80 - 100 kph at T3, T10, T11, T15, T19 and T20
Overtaking Opportunities
  • Turn 1 Pit Straight,
  • Turn 7 Raffles Boulevard
  • Turn 15 Esplanade Drive

FAST FACTS : FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix Lighting System

Lighting System
  • Horizontal aluminium truss (10m high) supported by vertical steel pylons (32m apart) supported by a footing system with steel plates
  • Truss to carry power cables, fibre optic cables, light projectors and DigiColor units
  • Centrally controlled by DigiLux System
Light projectors
  • Placed 4m apart on the truss
  • 2,000 Watt metal Halide lamp
  • 4,200 Kelvin degrees
Luminosity 3,000lux levels (four times brighter than the lights at sports stadiums)
Power supply 12 sets of twin generators
  • One generator can produce the energy required for the entire system in the assigned area
  • Each generator can take the load of both generators should its twin generator fail
Total power required 3,180,000 Watts
Total length of aluminium truss Approx. 6,300m
No. of Steel Pylons Approx. 230
No. of Light Projectors Approx. 1,500
Total length of power cables Approx. 110,000m
Total length of optic cables Approx. 27,000m
Lighting consultant Valerio Maioli S.p.A

* Please note: All numbers are estimates, subject to final design.