Circuit of the Americas
Austin, Texas, USA
The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) near Austin, Texas, is one of the projects that has also been fully designed and implemented by Tilke. Given the high popularity of motor racing in the USA, our team approached the task at hand with a single objective – combining the virtues of American motor racing with a modern, state of the art race track design that fully complies with FIA Homologation for category 1.
Young but Thrilling Racing History Enabled by Track Design
The COTA was completed in 2012. The same year Austin hosted the Formula 1 for the first time which now returns to Texas each season. Lewis Hamilton won three of the four Grand Prix, yet the circuit is highly popular with other driver as well.
There is a reason why the Austin F1 Grand Prix in October 2015 may well go down in history as one of the best and most exciting races of the season – lots of takeovers, fierce duels between Mercedes-drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, who became world champion in Austin, and the impressive turn-around by Sebastian Vettel created international headlines.
The Circuit of The Americas has shown great success in a relatively short time and is already now regarded as a classic in Formula 1 races. Tilke is not surprised. The team capitalized on over 20 years of know-how in racetrack design during the planning stage. The result is a very fast, yet equally safe racetrack that features 20 curves and altitude differences of up to 40 meters. Moreover, several sections are inspired by other famous circuits like the Hockenheimring and Silverstone.
Homologation as Basis for Future Motor- and Motorcycle Racing
Team Tilke developed the pit-building with 34 garages, the grandstand, the press center, the medical center as well as the paddock. This infrastructure is also used by the Moto GP since 2013. Given the modern design, the Circuit of The Americas is also FIM homologized. The generous width of the track is typical for our racetracks and guarantees exciting action on two as well as four wheels with highest safety standards.
The Circuit of The Americas is already now among the leaders in international motorsport racetracks and with its progressive design it is very well equipped for the future.