Report: Race Track Owner Plans A Nurburgring Clone in Nevada

Take a look at any car enthusiast’s bucket list, and odds are you’ll find the name of Germany’s Nürburgring scribbled close to the top. Now, the once-distant dream of visiting that famed track may be a little closer, as CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., Bruton Smith, has expressed a desired to build an exact replica of the Nürburgring right in our own backyard of Las Vegas, Nevada.

In an interview on Sirius XM Sports, Smith said his company has been asked by “some Germans” to duplicate the Nürburgring. The executive went on to say that he has the capability to take on such an ambitious project, and already has a meeting lined up with the Governor of Nevada. Smith also states he’s talked with the Nevada Bureau of Land Management, which reportedly owns the land where the site is to be built, about donating 8000 acres for the project.

The reasoning behind this proposed second Nürburgring, according to Smith, has to do with manufacturers wanting to test all year round. Being that the original ‘Ring sees a good deal of rain and snow, building one in the consistently dry desert climate of Nevada might solve that problem. Smith says the track would be located between five and 10 miles away from Las Vegas Speedway, likely well outside the city limits.

“If the state of Nevada…really wants it, then we’re going to go out there and we’re going to build a copy of the Nürburgring,” Smith told Sirius XM Sports in the interview.

Speedway Motorsports owns and operates eight race tracks, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, and others. Though Smith is known for building race tracks, the Nürburgring copy would be used strictly for testing purposes, available to manufacturers and private individuals.

Right now, the whole thing sounds just a little too good to be true. But if somehow the planets align, and this track is actually built, we may have to give Speedway Motorsports a call to see if we can do some testing of our own on the new course.

Calls to the Nevada Governor’s office and Speedway Motorsports seeking comment have not been returned.

Source: Sirius XM Sports

I could see this, Nevada would be a much more willing partner than Cali and other high cost states. Abundant land, not many environmental restrictions and ample topography changes make a very compelling argument though the sand will erode maximum lap times slightly and require a coarser aggregate mix. Still, a clone it will never be; much better off taking the originals lead and erring on the side of driver preservation in regards to banking and safety runouts. What I don't understand is the widespread testing of street cars by GM and others on the current track as it is leagues away from the real world production vehicles are sold in, maybe some aftermarket and catalog parts from OEM's but entire vehicles will be compromised to sell in any volume.

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