Tereana City Superspeedway
- Published: Tuesday, 22 September 2020 18:26
- Written by Timothy Chapman
NOTE: This track is a work-in-progress.
The Tereana City Superspeedway is a fictional, 4-mile quad-oval located in the fictional city of Tereana City, Tereana. The track is designed for speeds of up to 300 miles per hour with a maximum cornering speed of around 270 miles per hour. The track has five configurations (only one is currently available). The track has a fully-functional commercial airport in the infield area (runway length is 5,000 feet) capable of servicing regional jets and aircraft as large as the Boeing 737 or Airbus A320.
|Statistic||Oval||Short Infield||Long Infield||Full Infield||Bypass|
|Track Length:||4.000 miles||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Track Width:||70 feet||50 feet||50 feet||50 feet||50 feet|
|Banking in Turns:||20°||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Banking on Straights:||3°||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Length of Turns:||5,000 feet||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Length of Frontstretch:||6,120 feet||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Length of Backstretch:||5,000 feet||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Expected Lap Times:||0:56-0:59||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Pit Road Speed Limit:||70 mph||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Pace Lap Speed:||100 mph||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
Design Choices and History
This track is designed for an average speed of 240+ miles per hour all the way around. Originally, the track was banked 45° in the corners and 10° on the straights with the apron banked 15° in the corners. No public release of this track was ever made for NR2003, but one was made for rFactor. Later, I found the banking to be rather excessive, so I reduced it to 31°, and increased the apron banking in turns 3 and 4 to 21° to help with pit entry. Later, I grew a dislike for pack racing and didn't want this track to produce any pack racing. So I reduced the banking to the current configuration in an attempt to eliminate pack racing, but tried to keep enough banking in the corners to allow lap times to be below 1 minute. This reconfiguration of the track failed to eliminate pack racing at least for NR2003, but lap times are still under 1 minute as intended.
The track also used to have a separate access road for rejoining the track after exiting pit road, but this was later removed. The reasons for this removal include (a) slowing development of the track, (b) providing a shortcut, (c) presenting several safety hazards, and (d) not being necessary for what it was designed for. The purpose of the apron was to allow cars exiting pit road to maintain full throttle from the pit exit to the merge point. But the apron has enough banking in the corners to serve that purpose without any of the issues stated above.
Originally, the pace lap speed was set to 115 mph so that the pace lap times would be similar to Daytona. But I later decided I wanted a nice round number and 100 seemed like the perfect choice.
The double-layer SAFER barrier all the way around on both the outside and inside wall is due to the very high speeds of the race track. The idea is that the two layers work together to soften the impact in the event of a serious crash, increasing the distance over which a car is stopped. The tall catch fence (35 feet) is designed to keep cars that go airborne on the track, but also be short enough to not interfere with the approach to the infield runway.
The 70-foot racing surface technically is wide enough for 10 cars side-by-side with some space between the first car and the wall, between two cars, and between the last car and the apron. Running 10-wide is not recommended. The width of the track was originally designed to allow for running 10-wide, but I later found that this would be impossible, but I kept the width. Originally, the SAFER barrier was going to reduce this width slightly, but decided that the full width of the track should be available.
Donation and Download Links
|Optional Donation Link:
|NASCAR Racing 2003 Season:||Download|