Europe was the birthplace of the automobile. It is where the Industrial Revolution began, and it is where some of the greatest racing spectacles of the modern age take place.
We have been racing our cars and motorcycles since the day we have acquired them, or even better, built them. It’s all fun and games when we take these prized possessions out for a spin on the motorway or the city. But a race track is where the sports car, or the sports bike, was really born for.
The combination of safety, facilities, and design of the track that the race track offers means that you can test the limits of your machine without being a danger to others, and the thrills that you get while being on the racetrack is quite simply unparalleled.
Here are the best race tracks in Europe to race your machines on.
- Circuit Paul Ricard, France
Paul Ricard is a circuit that will reward you with its high-speed straights and iconic curves that are hard to master and will no doubt require your best driving skills to reach the car’s limits. It is located in Le Castellet in Var, and is nowadays the venue for the French Grand Prix in Formula 1.
- Mugello, Italy
With its fast, flowing corners, as well as breathtaking Italian countryside scenery to adorn the surroundings, Mugello is a track that spells speed in its every corner. It is home to the Italian MotoGP races and also a testing ground for Formula 1 cars. Based in Tuscany, Italy, it is one circuit you have to visit once in your life if you are a petrolhead.
- Circuit De La Sarthe, France
Simply known the world over as the venue for the iconic 24h of Le Mans, The circuit De La Sarthe needs no introduction. It is an 8.5 mile long track with fast, flowing corners that give you a real sense of speed with its high G forces. In fact, you will spend 85% of the time with your right foot on the floor on the circuit, which should give you an idea of how demanding it is for both the machine and the driver.
- Goodwood, UK
One of the most historic race tracks in the world, with many high profile names attached to it, the Goodwood racing track is primarily used for testing purposes but it has held racing events in the. It is famous for the accident that ended Sir Stirling Moss’s racing career, as well as claiming the life of McLaren’s founder, the one and only Bruce McLaren. The surrounding areas host the Goodwood Festival of speed, where you will find the greatest collection of automobiles in action right for their inception to the modern age.
- Silverstone, UK
Home to the British Grand Prix in Formula 1, and steeped in history as one of the most memorable and challenging race tracks in the world, Silverstone is home to British motorsports and many Formula 1 teams actually call it home. It features some of the most iconic corners you will ever find in the world. The race track started life as a WW2 air strip, and after the 50s, it was converted into the race track it is known today.
- Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy
Known the world over as “The temple of speed”, Monza is a race circuit that you spend almost the entirety of in full throttle. It has hosted the Italian Grand Prix from the very first days. Originally an oval track with bankings, the new track features long straights and tight chicanes that test an automobile to its absolute limits. You have to be there at the Italian Grand Prix. Ferrari becomes a religion here at that time.
- Spa Francorchamps, Belgium
Originally a 15km long track through the lush greenery of Belgium between the towns of Spa and Francorchamps, this is another legendary circuit that rewards you with an amazing sense of speed. The circuit has in recent times shortened to a 7 km long ring with modern facilities and apart from the Formula 1 race, it also hosts the 1000 km and 24h of Spa endurance races and among other things, has arguably the most iconic corner in the world- The Eau Rouge.
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