By Aaron Waldron
FEMCA's Max Lim, who was instrumental in organizing last year's On-Road Worlds in Beijing and is spearheading the upcoming Electric Off-Road World Championships in Xiamen, posted a sneak peek at the track layout to his Facebook page.
The large outdoor dirt track is lined with a grass infield and, looking at the shape of the jumps, it appears to built to run counter-clockwise — Lim noted in the photo's comments that the 4WD competition will run clockwise, and the 2WD contest will be counter-clockwise. He also said the dirt surface had been treated with sugar.
If running counter-clockwise, a long front straightaway ends in a 90-degree turn to the left, followed by a tabletop. Then the cars will rise in elevation, turn another 90 degrees to the left, and drop into a depression before rising up again to a left-hand 180. A slight off-camber drop into a sharp, almost-180-degree right hander feeds into the first of three chicanes — this one with a rolling jump in the middle. Following a slight turn to the right to nearly parallel the front straightaway, drivers will navigate another chicane and then a small double jump before turning about 90 degrees to the right into chicane number three. A large triple jump comes next, with what looks like a banked 180-degree left turn into a double-double, with two more doubles angled along a sweeping left-hand turn that brings the cars back to the front straightaway. Of course, for the 4WD contest, these obstacles would be tackled in reverse.