Nürburgring Coming to Las Vegas?
Motorsports honcho considering constructing a replica of the famous track off the Strip
Las Vegas already has its own Eiffel Tower, New York City skyline, pirate ship and volcano. Not enough? Sin City could soon boast an exact replica of the famous Nürburgring motorsports complex.
Speedway Motorsports CEO Bruton Smith -- whose company owns and operates Las Vegas Motor Speedway and other U.S. tracks such as Infineon Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway -- said during an interview on XM Sports that he has already discussed the project with the governor of Nevada, the Nevada Bureau of Land Management and “some Germans.”
The original is 43 miles south of Cologne, Germany, and surrounds the village of Nurburg. The oldest section of the track was built in the 1920s around a medieval castle in the Eifel Mountains. Nicknamed “the Green Hell” by Jackie Stewart, it’s considered one of the most demanding racing circuits in the world and is used today as a proving ground for auto manufacturers.
In order to re-create the famed track in the Nevada Desert, Smith would need to acquire around 8,000 acres of sand about 10 miles from the Strip. It’s doubtful that the Vegas version would be the site of sanctioned races like the German original. More likely, the track would play host to the well-heeled who don’t want to travel all the way to Deutschland to go fast on one of the most challenging road courses in the world.
It also could be used by automakers for the same purpose and reason. The 'Ring is demanding enough on vehicles and drivers, so it would be interesting to add some searing desert heat to the mix.
Regardless, it would be a fitting addition to the Vegas fantasy -- and a great place to put the pedal to the metal and test your own racing mettle without a long flight to Europe.
I don't consider myself particularly "well-heeled" but I would visit that track, as often as possible.
Unless they plant 100,000 trees, lower the average area temperature about 40 degrees and can figure out a way to make it rain 4 months of the year it won't be an "exact replica". Maybe Ohio, but not Vegas.
And just wait until all our wonderful trial lawyers get wind of this!
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