A bright idea for Formula 1 racing

The Singapore Grand Prix was the first Formula 1 race to run at night. And it still does. The 61 laps, or 308 kilometers, are run under high-powered artificial lights.
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When we say high-powered, we mean it. The 2000W lights can deliver 3000 lux, which equals 4 times the illumination of most stadiums. The massive lighting systems are not for the benefit of the 21 drivers only, or for the 84,000 spectators, but for the requirements of the TV broadcasting teams.

And here’s how it’s done: for the Grand Prix, 25 genset units are set up along the racecourse running at 500 kVA on prime power. These units, powered by 16-liter Volvo Penta TAD1641GE engines, provide a total of 12,500 kVA (10 mW) of electricity to illuminate the racetrack. This means that there is extra capacity for redundancy in case some units go offline.

Organizers for an event this prestigious have to rely on the top suppliers and best products available – nothing must go wrong. This indicates the great trust the Singapore Grand Prix has in Volvo Penta.

Daniel Boberg

Business development manager, Volvo Penta

“This is the fourth Singapore Grand Prix powered by Volvo Penta,” says Daniel Boberg, business development manager for Volvo Penta’s Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific region. “Organizers for an event this prestigious have to rely on the top suppliers and best products available – nothing must go wrong. This indicates the great trust the Singapore Grand Prix has in Volvo Penta. We’re proud that the things we do best – quality and reliability – are there for the whole world to see.”