A new race track will become available in Germany, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia: the Bilster Berg Drive Resort.
Funding for this circuit in which the cost is 34 million euro/ 27 million pounds is entirely private. The 4.2 km circuit has been designed by non other than Hermann Tilke, designer of all the most recent Formula One circuits at Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Istanbul and Shanghai. Technical consultant is Walter Röhrl, rally champion, Porsche test driver and all-round German driving hero.The track, the different possible driving lines and total height difference of 70 meters can provide an ongoing challenge for the drivers. The layout of the circuit will be adapted to the topography and not the reverse. Buildings and existing roads were included in the realisation of the complex.This is a very hilly circuit with a total ascent of 200 meters. Walter Röhrl: "It's like a smaller version of the Nordschleife, only safer. "
The project is the culmination of six years of study (technical, environmental ...) and legal procedures. This is the first new circuit in Germany since 1932, the latest being the famous Hockenheimring.
For twenty years prior to 1993, the 80 hectare (200 acre) site was a massive NATO ammunition depot, supplying the British Army of the Rhine during the Cold War. After eighteen years of disuse and six years of planning the extensive sturdy warehousing and road network is to be converted into the Bilster Berg luxury "drive resort" and automobile testing facility.The circuit should not hold, however, large international events such as F1. It will instead be reserved for private practice sessions at club days, formal presentations and to track days.
The Bilder Berg Drive Resort will open in July 2012.