Lapland Ice Driving has announced that it will add a third Formula 1 circuit to its world-class facility for the 2014 season after reaching an agreement with the Nürburgring grand prix venueOfficially titled Nürburgring GP-Strecke, the 5.148km German track joins 1:1-scale replicas of Silverstone and Paul Ricard to complete a trio of circuits synonymous with top-level European motorsport.
Located just 80km from the Arctic Circle, Lapland Ice Driving boasts an incredible selection of vehicles that includes high-powered supercars from Porsche, Lamborghini, Corvette and Lancia, all of which are modified to tackle the uniquely challenging conditions. Thanks to expert instructors and a total of 250km of driving per day, the facility is widely acknowledged as the best of its kind anywhere in the world.
The new circuit will be mapped using GPS tracking systems, which ensure that a precise replica is produced on the frozen Lake Hornavan.
When completed, the Nürburgring should provide a suitably stern test for experienced and novice ice drivers alike, with its 12-turn layout mixing fast, flowing sections with a number of slow, technical curves. In particular, the high-speed ‘Schumacher S’ is certain to measure their bravery and drifting ability.
A regular fixture on the F1 calendar since the mid-90s, Nürburgring GP-Strecke has won praise from a number of high-profile grand prix drivers. 2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton describes it as "a fantastic circuit, one of the classics," while outgoing Red Bull Racing star Mark Webber, who scored his maiden F1 victory at the venue, calls it "beautiful," and a track that "all the guys enjoy driving."
Work on the new circuit, as well as the Silverstone and Paul Ricard layouts, is scheduled to conclude shortly before Christmas, ahead of what is set to be Lapland Ice Driving’s most exciting season to date.
Fast Facts: Nürburgring GP-Strecke
• The circuit has hosted a total of 18 Formula 1 races since its inauguration in 1984.
• Sebastian Vettel won the track’s most recent race in July of this year to secure his first victory on home soil.
• German Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher holds the record for most victories at the circuit having triumphed five times between 1995 and 2006.
• The outright lap record is also held by Schumacher, who posted a 1m29.468s in 2004.
Fast Facts: Lapland Ice Driving
• 31 high-powered supercars, including new-for-2014 additions from Porsche, Lancia and BMW, make up the current fleet. • The 2014 season begins with track testing on 10 January, running until late March.
• Set in stunning Swedish Lapland, just 80km from the Arctic Circle and near the village of Arjeplog.
• Coaching comes from highly qualified instructors, with around four hours on the ice per day.