Europe has been an established motor racing heaven for decades. With many of the world’s biggest brands being founded in Europe, e.g., Ferrari founded in Italy, Peugeot founded France, and both Mercedes and Porsche founded in Germany, it comes as no surprise.
With the birth of such a wealth of car manufacturers in Europe, motor racing has flourished. All over, some of the world’s most well-known race tracks host some of the greatest events in the motor racing calendar all year-round, attracting visitors from all over the globe. If you’re a racing fanatic looking to embark on a trip to Europe to visit some of these tracks, here is a hand-selected list of some of the greatest race tracks in Europe.
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps:
We start our selection in Belgium, which is home to Spa-Francorchamps, a 7km racetrack with a capacity of up to 70,000 people. In 1920, both Jules de Their and Henri Langlois Van Ophem designed Spa-Francorchamps. The original version of the track included public roads that ran between Stavelot, Malmedy, and Francorchamps. This circuit is the home of many famous racing events, including the Belgium Grand Prix and the 25 hours of Spa.
Next on our list, we have the world-famous Silverstone circuit, which is nestled in the British countryside between the counties of Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire. Silverstone’s longest circuit is approximately 5.9km and has a capacity of a staggering 150,000, attracting visitors from far and wide. It has hosted some of the biggest events in British motorsport history, including the British Grand Prix, which was first hosted in 1948. It also hosts the British part of the Moto GP series, coining Silverstone, the home of British motorsports. Silverstone is also known as a famous spot for driving experiences. People come and drive top performance cars such as Formula 1 vehicles around the track, further adding to its reputation as the home of British motorsports.
The third track on our list is Autodromo Nazionale Monza. This racetrack is located just north of Milan, close to the city of Monza. The track was built in 1922, in the Royal Villa of Monza park, surrounded by woodland. The track has a capacity of just over 113,000 people and is home to a range of prestigious motor racing events, including the Italian Grand Prix, which has been hosted here year or year since 1950. The track has three different tracks for different events, with the largest being approximately 5.8km in length.
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Last on our list is the prestigious Nürburgring, arguably Germany’s most well-known motor circuit and known throughout the world for its difficulty and, therefore, its high number of fatal accidents. Located near the German town of Nürburg, Nürburgring’s longest circuit has a length of approximately 20.8km and was built in the 1920s. The most famous events held at this race track have been the German Grand Prix and the Blancpain GT series. Like Silverstone, this motor circuit has a capacity of 150,000 people. Along with a wealth of racing events, this racetrack is also the New Horizons Festival location, an electronic dance festival in August.
Now you have a brief overview of what Europe has to offer, get out there and see it first-hand.