Reaching the final pre-construction phase for a project of this scope requires years of effort and relationship with neighbors and the county. We originally submitted our Area Structure Plan to Kneehill County in 2008, based on a track configuration and site concept plan which began after we purchased the land in 2006. Since then we’ve negotiated land-swaps, purchase options, and annexations around the original 480 acres as requirements have arisen; completed noise-impact engineering surveying; done initial assessments of environmental and traffic impact; had the Area Structure Plan passed into law on the basis of this work, and now have the Re-zoning bylaw in hand.
This process began when Race City was still open and there was no indication that it would be closing. The fact that the Race City road course and kart track have now closed, and Stratotech Park Kart track near Edmonton has closed, our market base it much larger than was anticipated when the project began in 2006 and many changes have been needed from the original design to accommodate more users, and a broader demographic.
Our goal is to develop the most unique, affordable Motorsports facility in North America! To reach these goals, our latest design features a number of important changes, such as:
- An increase in the combined track lengths to 5.8 miles;
- Unique track design to respond to very specific needs;
- Road courses built to FIA-2 specs, which includes an increased track width to 40 feet throughout. This will allow for a much more enjoyable driving experience with more passing zones;
- Runoff zone change from sand/gravel pits to complete pavement;
- A vastly increased main paddock area, which is now located within the North Track in order to accommodate a larger member base;
- A much more efficient use of land, which will allow us to incorporate:
- A multi-configuration 1.0 mile Kart track that can simultaneously accommodate two user groups;
- A dedicated Skidpad/Autocross site that is 9 acres (Given its location within the paddock, up to 16 acres could be used for larger events);
- A revolutionary indoor Paddock building that would be able to accommodate storage for hundreds of member vehicles and hundreds of storage lockers. This space will be climate controlled, enabling users to use it as a “cold pit” on track days;
- An entire facility equipped with new State-Of-The-Art Fiber Optic Timing and Scoring systems, which is now being incorporated in many F1 and Indycar facilities. The advantage of this in a club level facility, especially one in a cold climate, is that no manned marshal stations will be required on most days. Race control would operate FIA certified LED boards that are more clearly visible than manually waved flags.
Detailed Track Design Concept:
- The original design from 2006 incorporated 3 independent courses that could be connected together to form a total track distance of 4.5 miles.
- The new configuration incorporates two distinct road courses that are not connected, which will actually be much more desirable.
- In the previous design, the 2.5 mile North course could connect to a 1.2 mile Mountain course and to a 1.2 mile Valley course. While this seemed exciting at the time, the North course would have been so much faster than the tight extreme elevation change offered by the Mountain course, and connecting the two courses would not have resulted in a smooth transition and would have required a different car setup for each course.
- Also the length of the Mountain and Valley courses on the prior design was short, likely too short to be enjoyable alone. They likely would have been operated in a combined configuration the majority of the time.
- Many new tracks developed in the last two decades have been offering multiple configurations. But what many track operators and racers have learned over time is that most only prefer a few configurations. Generally, for both racing and non-competitive events, most prefer a track length of at least 1.8 miles and any configuration over 3.5 miles is often considered excessively long and difficult to learn.
- We have used these principles to design two separate tracks that will both offer a very different but highly exciting driving experience.
- The North course is a very high speed track with mild to moderate undulating elevation changes. It can be run in a shorter 1.8 mile configuration that bypasses the longest straights. This configuration was designed as a lower speed course that would be ideal for novices and for driver education purposes. It can also be run as a full 3.0 mile course that incorporates two very high speed sections for more experienced drivers.
- The new South Course design incorporates elements of the Mountain and Valley courses offered in the previous design. It uses the natural topography of the coulee, valley, and large central hill of the site that results in a course that has even more elevations changes than the combined prior designs. In fact, the new South Course will incorporate more elevations changes and steep grades than any track in North America, offering a truly unique and exciting experience.