Kuwait: The regions newest F1 and MotoGP spec circuit well underway in Kuwait
Dec 8th 2017 – It has long been under discussion, (10yrs or so) but in late July this year the go ahead was given under the direction of His Highness the Amir, the Amiri Diwan, for several large construction projects in Kuwait.
One of the most exciting is the new grade 1 FIA, FIM and CIK spec circuit, with an investment of KD 49m/US$ 164m, it will propel Kuwait to the future and elevate it as a major player in the motorsports community allowing the country to host both Formula 1, MotoGP and NHRA Drag races in the future. Along with the SIRBB kart track It marks another significant investment in motorsport venues by the country in recent years and is being designed by Hermann Tilke and built by KCC Engineering and Contracting Company.
The ariel photos given to us today show the speed of the build which started in earnest during August this year, and at present see most of the track asphalt laid, along with the main pits and grandstand.
The circuit name is mooted to be Kuwait Motor Town although this could easily change before the opening during the second quarter of 2018 and located 40km south of Kuwait City.
The circuit itself looks fast and technical at a length of 5.6km, with a 20 corner, anti-clockwise 5+ configuration layout to suit various top level events. And within it a ‘Corkscrew’ akin to the one we all love and know at Laguna Seca, also a “Carousel” like the one we know at Nurburgring. It will also boast one of, if not THE longest straights in motor racing with an impressive 1750m in length, much longer than the current calendar F1 straights of Yas Marina(1200m) and Baku(1600m), (also both Tilke designed tracks) and the historic retired F1 track at Fuji(1500m).
There will be a purpose built off-road section catering for MotoX, RallyX, 4×4, and all terrain vehicles along with a training academy and technology and conference centre, along with Hotels and Malls already starting to break ground.
Official news coming out of Kuwait has been scarce, although we did find a quotation on Tilke website.
Kuwait Motor Town shall position itself as a new place making destination with a unique FIA grade 1 circuit as the nucleus of the state of the art facility, which will attract a wide spectrum of people. Whether professional race driver, or families seeking for leisure activities, or club members desiring premium level services, Kuwait Motor Town with its fully integrated portfolio of entertainment assets will create the utmost exciting and innovative automotive experience for the whole region.
Along with the circuit there is underway the Airport expansion, the new $4.5bn airport will have the capacity to handle 25m passengers per year and accommodate all aircraft types through 51 gates and stands more than enough capacity for future F1 and MotoGP visitors.