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Description Osella proving ground, maybe inaugurated in 1982. Track layout is very similar to 1981 layout. At the beginning of 1990s Osella moved from Volpiano to new factory in Basilicata (Southern Italy). The track then dismantled and only few section are still visible on aerial photos
Location Volpiano
TO - Torino - Piemonte
Location Nearby Osella’s factory, via Brandizzo 245, Volpiano (Torino, Piemonte)
Latitude - Longitude + 45°11'30"     + 7°48'39"
45.191667     7.810833
UTM Coordinates X = 406588.488  -  Y = 5004930.322  -  Zone 32T
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Portale Cartografico Nazionale  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Visual Pagine Gialle
Altitude AMSL 200 m - 656 ft
Inauguration  
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian www.atlanteitaliano.itAerial photo of the track still complete (coordinates: Top left - X: 406223.5 - Y: 5005371.9 - Bottom right - X: 407228.9 - Y: 5004578.2)
(2) Italian Autosprint 48/1977 (page 29)Pista privata nella nuova fabbrica Osella
(3) Italian Autosprint 43/1979 (page 23)
(4) Italian Rombo 35/1981 (page 10)Pronta nel mazo 1982 la pista prove di Osella
(5) Italian Autosprint 47/1981 (page 21)Stanno per partire i lavori di costruzione
(6) English www.osella.it/azienda-e.htmOfficial website
(7) Italian www.osella.it/azienda.htmOfficial website

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Pista prove Osella
Osella Test Track
Description Osella decided to build a new factory at Volpiano and he put in this project also a small proving ground. Borh factory and circuit have benn built in following years, but track layout was slightly changed.
Years 1977
Direction  
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Proving ground
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page April 30th 2005
Info last update November 1977
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length (approx) 1000  m 3281  ft 0.621  mi   (2)

Pista prove Osella
Osella Test Track
Description Osella moved to Volpiano in 1978. At end of 1979 new factory sheds were built for new Formula 1 team, that raced his first GP in Argentina, on January 13th 1980. Moreover, Osella decided to built also a proving ground like the Ferrari one at Fiorano. Its construction should have been made in Winter 1979-1980 in order to let asphalt become stable. Its a circuit 1100 m long that should be run in both direction, for a total length 2200 m. In order to avoid any of noise problems already happened at Casale Monferrato, some phonometric tests were already made and however cars should have tested using special soundproof silencers.

NOTE: I don’t know how "single" 1100 m lap and how "double" 2200 m lap were made. Numbers on my map are copied from the original map: they should mean partial distance, but they seem me insufficient. Moreover, I don’t even know if the longest straight is on the same level of other section of the track or if it’s built on a bridge.
Years 1979
Direction  
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Proving ground
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page December 27th 2004
Info last update October 1979
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 1100  m 3609  ft 0.684  mi Single lap (3)
length 2200  m 7218  ft 1.367  mi Double lap (3)

Pista prove Osella
Osella Test Track
Description Some years after the first project was proposed, in 1977, finally in late 1981 Osella could begin to build his proving ground, nearby his factory at Volpiano. The proposal (here called ’first proposal’) was modified by Mr.Maffezzoli, who worked at Autodromo di Monza, in order to have (see ’second proposal’) a fast banked bend (15°/20°), so that Formula 1 should have entered in second gear and wen out in fourth. The circuit has also a very slow corner to be run in first gear, for traction tests. Finally it has a quik ’S’ for verify rolling and load transfer (sorry for my poor technical English!). Inauguration should have been in March 1982, but I don’t know when it was really done; however, final layout is very similar to these proposals.

A complete "lap" is in fact composed by three laps on different courses to be run in sequence. Tra track is quite narrow (6 m approx.) and only one car at the same time can run: for this reason junction between different track layouts is not a problem.
  • First lap (blue on maps): from the straight in front of boxes to the fast bend. After a short straight, the circuit turns into a right bend and it goes back to main straight

  • Second lap (green on maps): again from the straight in front of boxes to the fast bend, then there is a long straight. At the end there is the slowest corner, to be run in clockwise direction. After a short straight and a left bend, the track goes back to start/finish line.

  • Third lap (red on maps): again from the straight in front of boxes to the fast bend, then there is the fast right-left ’S’. At the end of the following straight there is the slowest corner, to be run in anticlockwise direction, then the longest straight and start/finish line.
Years 1981
Direction  
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Proving ground
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page December 27th 2004
Info last update November 1981
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2000  m 6562  ft 1.243  mi Full circuit (4)
Width 6  m 20  ft      (4)

Pista prove Osella
Osella Test Track
Description Definitive track layout, as visible in Atlante Italiano aerial photo
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Proving ground
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page September 9th 2002
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 1800  m 5906  ft 1.118  mi   (7)

Track layout as built

Track layout as built


1977 proposal

1977 proposal


1979 proposal

1979 proposal


1981 first proposal - 1st lap

1981 first proposal - 1<sup>st</sup> lap

1981 first proposal - 1<sup>st</sup> lap

1981 first proposal - 1<sup>st</sup> lap

1981 first proposal - 1<sup>st</sup> lap

1981 first proposal - 1<sup>st</sup> lap

1981 first proposal - 1<sup>st</sup> lap


Latitude - Longitude: + 45°11'30", + 7°48'39"
If the aerial photo is not visible, you have to zoom out by clicking (maybe more then once) button ’-’ in top left corner

Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
April 30th 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
April 30th 2005 Pista prove Osella 1981 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
April 28th 2005     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
December 27th 2004     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
December 27th 2004 Pista prove Osella 1979 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
July 4th 2003     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
March 21st 2003     Guido de Carli     Update Description
Not all eventual updates issued in last years are already visible in this list

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