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Publicatie datum 18 aug 2008 - 10:14
Statutaire naam Koninklijke Philips N.V.
Titel Formula One™ first - Philips to light Singapore night race
Bericht August 18, 2008 FORMULA ONE™ FIRST - PHILIPS TO LIGHT SINGAPORE NIGHT RACE Valerio Maioli selects Philips' lighting projectors to provide a safe driving environment and exciting experience for spectators Philips today announced that its lighting projectors have been selected by Valerio Maioli S.p.A., the Italian consultant company appointed by Singapore GP Pte Ltd., to light up the first ever Formula One™ night race on 28 September 2008 in Singapore. The go-ahead was given to Singapore to stage the first night race after the International Automobile Federation (FIA) agreed that Valerio Maioli's design satisfied strict criteria concerning safety. Philips contributed to this project by working with Valerio Maioli S.p.A. to develop a dedicated reflector for the system. The projectors were selected by Mr. Maioli because its lighting achieves near-daylight conditions at night, providing a safe environment for drivers on the race track, even at speeds of more than 300km per hour. The lighting system, developed by Valerio Maioli S.p.A.engineers, avoids glare by projecting the light beams at different angles rather than vertically. This is to prevent glare in wet weather conditions. As well as providing safe driving conditions for drivers, Philips Lighting projectors are designed to provide an exciting experience for race attendees and television viewers at home by meeting High Definition Television (HDTV) broadcast standards. Championing night racing, Formula One™ Chief Executive Officer, Bernie Ecclestone, commissioned Valerio Maioli to develop a lighting system for Formula One™ races in March 2007. After a series of tests throughout Europe, involving Formula One™ professionals such as Renault test driver Nelson Piquet Jr., Mr. Maioli submitted his project to the FIA Safety Commission. Commenting on the project, Mr. Maioli said: "In order to get approval for the night races from the FIA, it was essential that the solution presented met very strict safety requ