The Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 race begins tomorrow. The race goes right through the Marina Bay Circuit Park. If you’ve never been there, you can still get a very realistic feel for what the race will be like thanks to Google Earth! As mentioned last summer, the guys at Earth@Sg created a detailed 3D visualization of the race track as well as the surrounding buildings for Google Earth. There are also ways to tour the track built in. You have two ways to view the model:
Singapore Grand Prix in Google Earth – This version loads in Google Earth and gives you instructions for setting up your viewing options in Google Earth so you can pretend you are an F1 race car flying down the race course. Select the “Route Animation” in the Places pane and the choose “Tools->Play Tour” menu option. There is also a time animation allowing 3D cars to move down the race track. You can adjust the speed of the car animations by clicking the little clock to the left of the time slider.
Singapore Grand Prix with Google Earth Plugin – this works in your browser. Simply click the various locations pictured in the viewer to fly to each one.
Be patient, it may take a few moments to load all the 3D buildings and detailed textures. This is an excellent visualization that really gives you a feel for the event. You can also turn on the 3D Buildings layer to add a few more buildings to the area. Earth@sg did a great job with this visualization!