RACING TRACK

A CHALLENGING RACING TRACK

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve is one of the best and most modern racing circuits in the world.

The racing track was developed as part of an innovative global project to provide a comprehensive range of facilities to the most varied sectors of the motor industry, from constructors, to racing teams and companies, allowing them to present, test and develop their products.

The design characteristics of the track provide spectators with impressive and far-reaching views from any grandstand.

The most awaited debut of the motoring show “The Grand Tour” (Amazon Prime, 2016) was shot at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, taking the 3 supercars – McLaren P1, Porsche 918, Ferrari LaFerrari – to their limits. Spoiler alert: Jeremy Clarkson lost the bet.

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The AIA circuit offers 32 different track configurations, with perimeters from 3.465m (shortest) to 4.684m (F1 version) and is homologated by FIA and FIM, to host motoring and motorcycling competitions at the highest level.

The different combinations allow users to choose between faster, challenging versions or slower and more technical ones.

Given the various layouts of the track, FIA Slow Fast (F1) version is considered the standard version.

Track information

    • Length > 4,684 m
    • Length of straights > 3,204 m (68.3%)
    • Length of corners > 1,488 m (31.7%)
    • Track width > 14 m
    • Number of corners > 16
    • Right-handers > 9
    • Left-handers > 7
    • Minimum radius of corner > 18 m
    • Maximum radius of corner > 160 m
    • Maximum rise > 6.2%
    • Maximum fall > 12.0%
    • Maximum bank > 8.0%
    • Minimum bank > 2.0%

Main straight

    • Length > 969 m
    • Width > 18 m

Pit garages

    • 42 pit garages x 135 m2 each = 5,670 m2

Paddock

    • 72,000 m2

Testimony


Autódromo do Algarve is one of the most demanding tracks ever.
Michael Van Der Mark, SBK Yamaha Rider
TIPS FROM AIA RACING SCHOOL

All the racing track driving with precious remarks from the instructors of AIA Racing School. Our professional drivers love to share their thoughts.

  • 1

    Lagos Corner

    The slowest corner. It is recommended to delay the turn-in point, in order to not miss the apex (clipping point).

  • 2

    Corner 1

    With a complicated approach, it requires heavy braking. It is performed downwards.

  • 3

    Samsung Corner

    The turn-in must be delayed as much as possible to ensure a straight exit, positioning the car on the right side of the track.

  • 4

  • 5

    Craig Jones Corner

    It should be addressed on the right side of the track, with a smooth and steady throttle.

  • 6

    VIP Tower

  • 7

    Paddock

  • 8

    Grand Stand

  • 9

    Finishing Line

  • 10

    VIP Tower Corner

    Another one hard to approach. The downwards braking requires extra attention.

  • 11

    Skid pad.

    Area where you will test and demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle once the grip levels have been exceeded. The objective is to control the skidding car after forcing the vehicle into a skid.

  • 12

    Portimão Corner

    Being a blind corner, it is one of the most difficult. You should position the car on the center of the track, break hard and delay the turn-in. Gentle gearbox handling is recommended.

  • 13

    Sagres Corner

    This requires a delayed turn-in, in 3rd gear. Then you should widen the trajectory while accelerating.

  • 14

    Galp Corner

    It has a blind starting point. You should take it as late as possible to ensure a fast exit into the final straight, torwards the finishing line.

Quick Facts

Fastest Lap
01:27,987 by Sebastien Buemi (F1), January 21st, 2009

Max Speed
352,9Km/h

Attendance Capacity
Main stand: 16.654 seats
Other stands: 56.288 seats