A Vison of South African GP at Machakos

Governer Mutua talks about the Machakos County in Kenya and his vision of the First Formula 1 Race track of the country in addition to everything else that goes with the Sport. Wonder what Bernie has to say about this Business.

Bernie Ecclestone, the team principal of Brabh...

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One response to “A Vison of South African GP at Machakos”

  1. ronnielicious says :

    Okay …ENOUGH.You can take this to the bank. Machakos will NOT get a Formula 1 track. Its simply impossible.Africa’s only formula 1 track is at Kyalami – Gauteng South Africa 24 km – 15 mi North from Johannesburg. Altitude 1464 m – 4803 ft. . Last event held 1993. Machakos Altitude is 1714m- 5626 feet.The highest track in terms of altitude is Interlagos in Brazil which is about 800 meters above sea level. High altitudes post challenges in modern Formula 1.As altitude increases, air pressure drops and the air is thinner with a lower oxygen content. With less oxygen available for the fuel to burn, power output drops. For every 100m the engine loses around 1% of its potential power output, meaning the units could be capable of producing around 8% less power than at a sea-level race

    .Now think machakos it would be between about 15%.

    However, the lower air density does have one benefit, a lower fuel level may also be used to achieve the optimum air-to-fuel ratio. Having engines with fewer miles on the clock is also an advantage: an engine near the end of its life will have approx 3-4 less horsepower than a brand new one.

    However, the lower air density does have one benefit, a lower fuel level may also be used to achieve the optimum air-to-fuel ratio. Although the lower ambient pressure is at a detriment to engine power, it does give the pistons an easier life. This intrinsic reliability bonus gives engineers greater freedom to run more aggressive engine strategies to compensate for the potential power reduction.
    Sorry for all the fans out there I cant see Formula 1 cars running de-tuned cars at Machakos even though their some benefits to being at such high altitude; drag reduces since the air the cars are ‘carving’ through is thinner.

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