From New Delhi to Mumbai – Grand Prix fever spreads across India

From New Delhi to Mumbai - Grand Prix fever spreads across India

On the eve of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi, news reaches us of a second project, this time for a Grand Prix standard racing circuit in Mumbai – approximately 1,400 km south west of the nation’s capital.

A consortium comprising Capita Symonds, Populous and DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System Ltd) has been appointed by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to build the new circuit, who will work with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) to ensure that all aspects of the scheme meet the future licensing and regulatory requirements of national and international motor sport on four and two wheels.

Buddh International Circuit, New DelhiBuddh Internation Circuit was designed by renowned circuit architect Hermann Tilke and stretches to 5.137-kilometres. With its two sizeable straights and an interesting mix of corners and elevation, the track should guarantee plenty of challenges for drivers and engineers alike.

The project team is built around world class experts with unrivalled experience of regeneration, development, engineering, transportation, motorsport and other major sporting events. Capita Symonds and Populous have delivered designs for some of the world’s most famous iconic sporting venues, including the London 2012 Olympic Stadium and the surrounding Olympic Park, Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon Tennis Ground, Oval Cricket Ground, and Silverstone – the original home of British motorsport.

Mumbai is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the most densely populated city in India (4th in the world). Mumbai is also the richest city in India, and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West or Central Asia.

Nevertheless, the project announced today is heavily focused on regeneration and will incorporate community, commercial, retail, leisure and residential properties.

Jerry Muscroft, of Capita Symonds, said, “The consortium understands how large sporting projects can be ‘Urban Generators’ that enhance and encourage development.”

“We are committed to delivering the next generation of racing circuits, with great racing, overtaking, world class facilities and architecture; but above all the intention is to create a sustainable venue that will not need continuous financial support, and will facilitate investment and re-generation.”

The new Buddh International Circuit as seen from Neel Jani’s Red Bull F1 car.