Race Track: Adelaide Street Circuit, Australia
Includes the Adelaide Street Circuit race track.
The first video game about Race Track: Adelaide Street Circuit, Australia was released on December 18, 1987.
Either the 'long form' configuration using Rundle Road or the 'short form' configuration using Bartels Road. The course has a race track section with pits, a racing straight away and racing curves that is mostly contained in the center of a horse racing course that crosses two sections of the pavement. Much of the racing facilities including grands stands and even buildings are removed for the race to aid visibility by spectators. The street sections of the track are some of the best maintain city street in the road:) They are basically renewed every 6 months. For racing events, signs, traffic islands, median strips, traffic lights, and street lights all need to be removed. The manhole covers are of a special design that allows them to be extremely tightened down. A normal manhole cover can be easily broken loose by the g-forces of an F1 car changing velocity on it (turning, breaking, or accelerating). Once lose, the aerodynamic forces of an F1 can propel a manhole cover into the air. It is noted that the long form adds speed by significantly lengthening the longest city street straight. But more than that, is adds more area to accommodate spectators, since they are unusually spaced all along the entire route rather than in one main grandstand only. Notable much of the city street sections are relatively narrow for racing, but not particularly high speed, and require the use of high walls for spectator safety. The tight conditions have lead to multiple incidents of airborne cars and hard crashes into walls but no deaths or debilitating injuries. In 1991 extremely wet weather had left standing water on many parts of the track and it rained heavily even during the race. The F1 cars unusually used treaded tires in an attempt to maintain traction when the officials did not cancel the race. Even though cars were continuously losing traction, no damaging collisions occurred. Some cars were swamped when the majority of the water in deep puddles was literally pushed over the top of their cars because of their aerodynamic shape. Finally frantic and angry waves by Ayrton Senna convinced officials to cancel the race. The entire race track is open to the public except for the day previous and four days after an event. The actual race track section with the pits is an easy left off Wakefield Road. But they must not exceed a strict 15 kph speed when driving any section of the course. The area is home to opossums and birds which are quite happy to coexist with the races since it means reduced traffic for the duration of the events and hardly any traffic for the day prior and for days after the events. No birds or opossums have been harmed during events, but are known to have been hit by cars when no event was taking place.