Silverstone has taken the wraps off its modified Grand Prix circuit, dubbed the “Arena”. The British track has poured in €4 million and spent the past five months renovating itself with an addition 2,500 feet of racing distance. With the modified circuit, engineers expect the Arena to have some of the fastest speeds in Formula One and MotoGP. Helping launch the new circuit was the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, who cut the ceremonial ribbon.
Silverstone’s new longer track bypasses the old Bridge complex, and runs further into the track’s infield to gain the added tarmac distance. The initial response from drivers thus far on the circuit has been a mixed bag, with some liking the layout, and other missing the old configuration. The Arena layout is just one part of Silverstone’s revamping, as new paddock and complex buildings are on the docket as well. The total affect is designed to set Silverstone as the premiere racing venue in Great Britain, and secure its future of hosting Formula One, World Superbike, MotoGP, and other racing series.