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   xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Apr 23 12:40 AM

April 23, 2009: Rooftop Racetrack

Yeah, a racetrack on the roof... for cars, real cars.

This is the old 5 storey Lingotto building in Lingotto, Turin, Italy. At one time, when owned by Fiat, it was the world's largest car factory.

Car production started at ground level and as each car reached another stage of completion, it was moved up another floor until it reached the rooftop, hopefully finished, and ready to be raced around the test track on top of the factory.
I think it was actually a long ramp like a parking garage, that each car climbed as it was assembled, up the 5 storeys to the roof.

Maybe after the spin around the track came the bumper test getting it back down?


SPUCK  Thursday Apr 23 06:29 AM

Pea green.. No porta potties right?

capnhowdy  Thursday Apr 23 07:58 AM

The only race track I've ever seen where the infield is not a coveted area.

Gravdigr  Thursday Apr 23 05:07 PM

Sign: "Absolutely no right turn"

lumberjim  Thursday Apr 23 07:41 PM

what it looks like today on google sightseeing.

pretty cool,7.666534&z=19

lumberjim  Thursday Apr 23 07:45 PM

street view is kewl

SPUCK  Friday Apr 24 05:25 AM

It "Looks" out of business..

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Apr 24 11:51 AM

A comment at the link;

About the Lingotto building:
- in the eighties it has been renewed, following a Renzo Piano project (the factory closed down in 1980);
- yes, it now hosts quite an hideous shopping centre, but also a nice auditorium and an art gallery (that rectangular superfetation you can see on the roof, on the left of first pic);
- yes, unfortunately the track is not used anymore;
- and finally yes, the Italian Job was shooted there.

jinx  Friday Apr 24 12:11 PM

and finally yes, the Italian Job was shooted there.
Was that the one where they dropped the safe thru the building and into the water below to steal it?

xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Apr 25 12:09 AM


ZenGum  Saturday Apr 25 02:54 AM

No, you'll need the original Italian Job with, IIRC, Michael Caine.

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