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Iceland Moto Park - Keflavík (Iceland)

The main designer is Marko Bowen who has designed courses in Dubai and is working on renevating the Silverstone course. Bowen says the main objective of the Iceland Moto Park is to increase tourism into the country.

The project will include a hotel, restaurtants, cinemas, night clubs, health clubs, conference halls.

The course will not be eligable for F1 racing but it will be eligable for A1 racing in the future.

The looks of all buildings will have references to Formula 1 cars.

“I see the potential of organizing major auto tournaments on the course in the future,” said Bowen.

Around the course a urban area of around 5 - 8.000 people is planned.

The project will be built in stages.

Here are some pics of the project:





 

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Somehow, I agree with all three previous posters :)
 

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Real fine! Great to see Iceland showing us they can.
 

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I am baffled as to how Iceland, with just 300,000 people, can manage to employ and populate these types of projects...
Well, there arent any cars racing there yet are there? ;)
 

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more info on this interesting project:

CRASH EXTRA NEWS Tuesday, 23rd May 2006

Ambitious Icelandic venue revealed.

The wraps came off ambitious plans to create Iceland's first permanent motorsport facility at the weekend, with the official launch of a programme to attract major FIA series to the island.

The Iceland MotoPark is to be built over 370 hectares near the capital, Reykjavik, with construction work due to start later this year. Twelve months of detailed planning have finalised not only a provisional circuit layout, but also the infrastructure and developments which will accompany the focal point.

Icelandic construction company Toppurinn - the brains behind the park - and landscape experts Lovejoy will craft the vision of architects HOK, designer Clive Bowen and technical advisers WSR into a facility including not only a multi-use motorsport centre, but also an on-site conference centre and hotel, retail park, educational establishments and technology park. The various components are expected to provide employment opportunities for up to 300 people, with further jobs likely when work begins on an accompanying residential programme.

"We know there is considerable demand for more and improved motorsport in Iceland and to establish improved driver training for road users," Toppurinn MD Vilhjalmur Vihjalmsson said, "We have also learned that to build a race circuit requires considerable capital that cannot be recovered from track operations alone. In the same way that golf courses, theme parks and marinas all provide the central attraction to larger developments, the race destination at the Iceland MotoPark provides the enabling core attraction for the site. We have seen this theory proven at the circuit designed in Dubai by Clive Bowen and HOK, and have now commissioned that same group to assist us."

The motorsport element of the development incorporates an FIA homologated Category 2 race circuit of 4.2km, running in an anti-clockwise direction, which, using link sections, can simultaneously operate two shorter club racing circuits of 2.1km and 2.2km in length. A range of road safety driver training facilities are also planned, along with an FIA sanctioned quarter-mile drag strip, 1.2km kart circuit and selection of motocross and off-road activities.

It is hoped that, when complete and featuring FIA championship events, the venue will join the likes of the Blue Lagoon as a major tourist destination. The Blue Lagoon is only 7km from the site of the MotoPark, while the development will be handily placed on the main highway to Reykjavik.

The conference centre and hotel complex will be 'uniquely Icelandic' in design and will provide the architectural cue for both the circuit buildings and future residential developments. The conference facility and hotel restaurants will provide a bird's eye view of the circuit, offering hospitality opportunities, while leisure facilities will also be offered to the nearby town of Reykjanesbae, which will also gain Iceland's first retail 'village' from the development. A campus of geothermal research and technical education facilities, technology incubator businesses, brand centres and light engineering will establish a base for specialist sectors to develop and export know-how.

With the demand for housing in the Reykjanesbae district exceeding supply, the Iceland MotoPark proposal will provide additional housing space to the south of the town, complementing recently allowed development to the north, and including both conventional family housing and apartment blocks for younger professional groups.

At a time when many circuits are being persecuted over excessive noise and pollution, the new venue aims to build on Iceland's green credentials, with all electricity produced by either geothermal or hydroelectric power sources, hydrogen-fuelled public transport and a drive to reduce the country's carbon footprint.
 

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There's hardly anything about this project here in Iceland, no-one knows who the venturers are, no-one has heard of any financial backing or investors, no deals with international motorsports organisations ... no nothing.

So I give this project a 10-15% chance of finalising in anything similar to the current plans.

Sure, some circuit may be built and some developments may materialise, but hardly close to these plans, at least not for some time.

Sorry for my pessimistism
 
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