Circuit type: Permanent road course
Ningbo International Speedway (宁波国际赛车场) is one of a crop of new tracks opening across China under the stewardship of auto maker Geely (owner of Volvo). Located near to the fast-growing Ningbo city in Zhejiang province, the circuit is one of five being built Geely subsidiary Mitime Investments, in order to develop car culture and motorsport in the region.
The new track has been designed by Alan Wilson, well-known for his works in the United States at the Utah Motorsport Campus (which is also operated by Mitime and where Wilson is general manager) and Barber Motorsport Park among many others. Wilson has been retained by Mi Time to pen all five of its new facilities.
The project was officially launched on December 28, 2015 and is scheduled to be completed at the end of June 2017. The 4.015 km track will be homologated to FIA Grade 2 standards, allowing it to host all bar Formula One competition.
Geely is not scrimping on its investment, with the whole facility set to cost around 900 million yuan. As well as the main course (which can be split into a shorter circuit and a club racing variants, which can be run simultaneously), the 1,1130-acre facility also will boast a separate 9.85 km kart track and commercial and amusement facilities. The main grandstands will seat around 15,000 spectators and, given their elevated position, should offer good views across the majority of the circuit.
The inaugural event is set to be a round of the China Formula 4 series in August before it makes its international debut in October, when it replaces Shanghai International Circuit as the venue for the World Touring Car Championship's Race of China.
* The track maps above have been created from circuit illustrations and early aerial photographs of the construction area and are approximations only. We will update as new images of the track emerge.
The Ningbo International Speedway is located at Chunxiao in the rapidly-expanding Beilun coastal development area, near to the city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province, China. Ningbo Lishe International Airport is the nearest to the track, around an hour's drive away in Ningbo city.
The track is still under construction, but access will be from the main X803 Yanhai Middle Line highway once it opens.