The world’s best race tracks use Total Bitumen
Track surface quality is paramount to fierce and equal competition.
World-renowned race tracks chose Total Bitumen for its durable characteristics. Total Styrelf ® is the bitumen used in the construction of circuits around the world – ensuring the surface quality matches the expectations of the best teams and drivers on earth.
Proving its capability and durability, if Total Styrelf ® can take the punishment of track use, then it can also tackle roads and runways. Here are some of the most famous motorsport applications of Total Styrelf ® .
A twisting and undulating 3.7 kilometre race track, the Sachsenring racing circuit is located in Hohenstein-Ernstthal near Chemnitz in Saxony, Germany. Its history is steeped in both four and two-wheeled racing events, from the touring cars of STW and DTM, to the current host of a MotoGP World Championship.
The track is known for a series of slow-speed, medium radius, corners near the start of the lap, which push tyre durability and rider concentration levels to the maximum. Near the end of the track is a challenging downhill straight and then a steep uphill left turn. Total Styrelf ® is the bitumen used to make sure Sachsenring’s unique nature is kept intact, delivering scintillating racing action.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a racing track in Montmeló, Spain. With long straights and a variety of corners, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is seen as an all-rounder circuit, ideal for pushing competitors to their limits.
Total is extremely proud to provide the bitumen for the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as it has hosted a round of the MotoGP World Championship since 1992, the Spanish F1 Grand Prix since 1991, is the current venue for F1 pre-season testing and holds a round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship — a series where TOTAL QUARTZ is the official engine oil.
Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto (formerly known as Circuit of Jerez and Circuito Permanente de Jerez), is yet another race circuit that has used Total Styrelf ® to formulate the track surface.
It’s a 4.428 kilometre racing track located close to the city of Jerez de la Frontera, 90 kilometres south of Seville and deep within the sherry-producing south of Spain.
In 2017, FIA Formula 2 hosted a stand-alone event at the circuit and it is the current home to the Spanish GP in the MotoGP World Championship calendar. It also witnessed the championship-deciding 1997 European Formula 1 Grand Prix, between Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve, who controversially collided during the race. The track remains one of the most popular venues for winter testing across many different race series.
Circuit de Misano, Italy
The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is a race track located next to the town of Misano Adriatico (Province of Rimini) in Italy. Originally designed in 1969 as a length of 3.488 kilometres , it hosted its first event in 1972. In 1993, the track length was increased to 4.064 kilometres and in 2012, the track was renamed to commemorate Marco Simoncelli, a local MotoGP rider who tragically died in 2011.
As of 2007, it began hosting the San Marino and Rimini Coast Grand Prix as part of the MotoGP World Championship. Over the years, the asphalt — which used Total Total Styrelf ® in the creation — has seen many motorbike and car races, including iconic touring car events. For 2018, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) will return for a unique night race at the venue.
There are many other examples of race circuits around the world where Total Styrelf ® has been used to create the track surface. Total continues to innovate in bitumen development, utilising race track feedback to help move forward. With durability at the core of a motorsport venue functionality, choosing Total Styrelf ® is essential in creating an enjoyable and popular circuit. You can find out more about the range of bitumen products by Total, here.