17 Aug Top Race Tracks Around the World
Racetracks are not merely ovals or circles. They aren’t just corners and straight sections combined into a loop. Racetracks are highly engineered ribbons of pavement stringed together to provide a challenging circuit. The best racetracks in the world incorporate the natural contours of the land in their design. They are steeped in history, in triumph and failure, excitement and tragedy. As motorsport enthusiasts, we’re naturally drawn to the appeal of circuit racing courses. Here are my top three favorite racetracks:
Silverstone Circuit, located near the village of Silverstone in England, hosts such events as the British Grand Prix and the Moto GP. The track was built using an existing airfield and has undergone many changes during its more than 60 years of history. Available in several configurations, the longest is the New Grand Prix Circuit, known also as the Arena Layout: a 3,660 mile long course featuring a challenging layout with almost 20 turns.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, near Monterey, Calif., U.S., is one of America’s most famous circuits. From its beginning in 1957, Laguna Seca, as it is traditionally called, has hosted both regional and prestigious international events. Site of the U.S. Sports Car Invitational, Moto GP and the U.S. AMA Superbike Series, Laguna Seca is a name known among all racers. The 11 turn, 2.238 mile course is infamous for its signature “corkscrew” turn, which combines a challenging set of tight corners through an intense drop in elevation.
Nürburgring, built around the village of Nürburg, Germany, is hailed as one of the top racetracks around the world. The Ring, as it is known colloquially, is a treacherous and highly technical racetrack that challenges the endurance, skill and determination of all who attempt it. It began as a purpose-built track to accommodate races being held on public roads in the Eifel Mountains. At its longest, the whole course spanned over 17 miles. It has undergone several changes, most notably the completion of the Grand Prix track in 1984. The Ring has been called “The Green Hell,” indicating its difficulty and dangerous nature. It has hosted countless international racing events and also maintains ample public access as a toll road. Anyone that wishes to may pay a fee a take a lap on Germany’s notorious Nürburgring.
These circuits are just a few among the many famous circuits around the world. Racetracks are a sanctuary for those with a desire for speed, competition, challenge and exhilaration. Motorsport enthusiasts, like us at Auto Super Shield, appreciate and respect the great racetracks of the world. Read more about our passion and dedication to making cars beautiful, protecting them and supporting the world of motorsports at www.autosupershield.com.