Kyalami race track’s massive upgrades

July 2015 marked one year since the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit was put on auction and snapped up Porsche South Africa CEO, Toby Venter, for R205 million.

Since then, a lot has happened at the racing complex, including the start of a refurbishment programme which was announced in May.

The track will be resurfaced to “international specifications”, the main straight will be lengthened, corners will be modified, and safety upgrades to bring the track to FIA Grade 2 standards will be made.

Upgrades to the pit building and conference facilities will also take place.

Kyalami upgrades

The images below show the construction taking place at the track currently, and an artist’s impression of what the completed upgrades will look like.

Main straight
Main straight

The main straight is being extended, while the entire track is being resurfaced.

All debris fencing, safety barriers, and tyre and belting safety systems will also be replaced. New gravel will be laid in the arrestor beds.

Beam is placed on the underpass
Beam is placed on the underpass

The work on the track is expected to be completed by the end of October, and includes a new underpass that will allow easy access to central part of the racing complex.

The underpass will include a pedestrian walkway.

New Underpass and Straight
New underpass and straight
Crocodiles
The Crocodiles

A new corner at the track, turn 13, will follow after an extended straight – providing “great overtaking opportunities”. The new corner will be called The Crocodiles.

Aeriel view impression
Aeriel view impression

Part of the upgrades will include improvements to the track’s pit building and conferencing and exhibition facilities.

Cap parks for the complex will also be resurfaced.

Pit building impression
Pit building impression

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