Pista Motor Raceway to come up near Hyderabad
There’s great news for track day junkies yet again as another major racetrack is slated to come up in India. Work for the Pista Motor Raceway has already begun at Dundigal in Telangana, about one hour from the Hyderabad airport on Ring Road.
Details are scarce as of now, but here’s everything that we know so far. The land has already been acquired for construction activities to commence and after completion, the total track length will be 3.708km along with 16 corners. The longest straight of the track will also double up as a drag strip and that will be ready between May and August 2021. The 2.3km upper loop is slated to be ready by May 2022 while the entire 3.708km long track will be ready by May 2023.
What we also know is that the track promoters want the racetrack to be technically sound and challenging as well. A part of the bottom loop resembles turns 8 and 8A from Laguna Seca that are popularly known as ‘the Corkscrew’, with a 59-feet drop that follows the contours of the land. Activities kick off this weekend with a dirt track event for bikes while a national off-road championship is planned for Q1 2021 on the 7-8km off-road track that includes some portions of the corner run-offs. That said, there will also be a steering pad about 145 feet in diameter and a 150m long pit lane.
After the drag strip gets ready by August 2021, FIA certification will commence. There’s no doubt that this is indeed a great news for motorsport and track enthusiasts in the country. About a month ago, we also reported on the FIA certified Nanoli Speedway that’s slated to come up near Pune. After completion of both these facilities, India will have as many as five major racetracks.
Lengths of major racetracks in India:
Pista Motor Raceway: 3.7km
Nanoli Speedway: 2.9km
Kari Motor Speedway: 2.1km