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Fabio Calzolari
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What should be the scale of Bolide? So, how much meter is the distance between 2 grid points?
 
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Well a normal GP circuit in real life has a track width between 10-18 meters, I would say a good estimate would be 15m track width. So that being said, the distance between two points could be about 4-5 meters. The cars aren't to that scale though, so I am not sure how you could go about it. Maybe say that the width between two points is 3 meters to make it more "to scale" according to the cars. That would make the track 12 meters wide, which would be more in line of older GP circuits (Monza, Zandvoort etc) and many American circuits are much narrower than the new GP circuits.
 
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Fabio Calzolari
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Mmhh.... what i meant was:
if we take 350km/h as the max speed of a F1 car, and our Bolide max speed of 8 points, we find that the 1st speed is a bit more of 43km/h, the 2nd is 86km/h and so on....

Now, i can't get how to use this to build a real F1 track... says Imola, as example:


Knowing that it is 4933m long, and that the race record is 1′20”411 (Ferrari F2004), how much points should it be long?
 
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Fabio Calzolari
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Ok, i try to go farther....

TGov wrote:
...the distance between two points could be about 4-5 meters

I tend to agree with this. Bolide cars are all but well proportioned, as you can see here

so i'll don't look at them at all
More, having the F1 cars an average lenght of 4m (over the years also) i'd say that the distance between 2 points are 5m (so a car slipstreaming another is 1m or less behind).


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So, back to the Imola track, to build that lenght we will need more than 980 points!!!
In the LaCoquille track, if i trace a line in the middle, using also 45° diagonals, i count 177 points, for an average track lenght of 885m... i'm a bit lost.

Any clue?
 
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The track width is obviously stretched and I don't believe scaling the cars is an appropriate solution either.

I would suggest taking the track lap speed and converting it at a rate of perhaps 0.5 seconds per point. That would mean LaCoquille (177 points as you counted it) would have a lap speed of ~1'28" 5

So your Imola design should be about 161 points in length...

- C
 
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