Exact Replica of Nurburgring Race Circuit Proposed in Nevada
The Nürburgring, one of the most impressive race circuits in the world located in Germany, is known for its immense motor-sporting history. According to the latest reports, Bruton Smith, the CEO of Speedway Motorsports, has now proposed to build an exact replica of the German circuit in Nevada. In an interview Smith revealed that he has been talking with some Germans about the potential to make a replica of the 22.8km Nordschleife circuit in the Nevada desert. This famous race track nowadays serves as a proving ground for various car manufacturers and media. Many of them use the 22.8km long Nordschleife as a standard to publish their lap times achieved with their cars and sometimes even unveil a special Nürburgring Edition.
Speedway Motorsports owns and operates eight first-class racing facilities across the United States including those in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Bristol and Texas, and the company has proposed the idea of making a replica with the governor of Nevada. However, Smith said that the idea of the copycat circuit is not at all meant for racing, but would be targeted at automakers for vehicle development testing, as well as regular punters who want the ‘green hell’ experience without travelling to Germany. A major benefit of this proposed circuit is the fact is could be used 12 months a year, which according to Smith is not possible in Germany.
One element of the original Nurburgring is the challenging weather condition which is too dangerous to drive on as the conditions at the German circuit become so treacherous at times. The ‘Nevada-ring’ won’t be able to replicate the same weather condition. In contrast, Las Vegas largely enjoys sunshine all year round, with the desert heat likely to present new challenges to car makers. “I am waiting for the green light from the government, and am ready to pull the trigger on the project. If they really want it, we’re gonna go out there and we’re gonna build it,” Smith said.