An interesting Google Earth KML file was created by Romyn Perret-Green and hosted on his site TheKMZ.co.uk. Apparently Romyn. who is an IT industry veteran, has recently become enamored with KML. He also appears to be a Formula One fan and has released a KML file which really helps you visualize the 2009 Formula One season. You can download his KML file here . He has tracks and turns data for many of this year’s races around the world, and background data on the various teams. But, what I found really interesting is the visualization tool he’s created to show some of the tracks. Romyn created GE 5 Tours for some of the tracks that put you in the driver’s seat of a formula one race car and drives you around the track. Just look under one of the tracks for “Circuit Tours” and select it and open the folder. Then double-click on a “In Car” tour to start the tour. Here’s a YouTube of a direct screen capture from Google Earth of one of the tours (there is no audio – I’d like to see him add that!):
Some nice touches with the speedometer on the wheel showing approximate speeds around the course, and the wheel movement mimicking the turns. Nice work Romyn!