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Technology and art at Paul Ricard

July 28, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari

Dear all, Having made the transfer from Spa, an old-style circuit rich in tradition, the Ferrari Challenge Europa and Historic Challenge paddock at Paul Ricard at Le Castellet is all high technology. This weekend’s races will be the first official events held on this track following its complete overhaul in 2002. Paul Ricard is the only circuit in the world with no sandy run-off area. This has been replaced by asphalt that gradually increases in grip as the wall nears. This set up reduces drastically the chances of damaging the cars when they leave the track; good news for the drivers and, above all, the team managers. The facilities have been enhanced by numerous high-tech features. These allow the teams to work efficiently and the technicians to monitor the vehicles on the track in real time, metre by metre. In all, there are 34 closed circuit cameras situated around the track.An original touch is the blue and orange lines that distinguish the run-off areas from the track, resulting in a setting that is a curious blend of technology and art! This time around, given the reduced distance and, above all, having looked at the flight times, the Ferrari Corse Clienti staff decided to travel to the track by car. It was a pleasant journey that took in the coastline of Liguria and the south of France. For once we were able to see the place we were heading towards as the usual journey is airport-hotel, hotel-circuit and vice versa. For all the news and exclusive photographs, check out Corse Clienti as usual. (


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