Conquer the Legendary Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia

Motorsport fans, prepare for an exhilarating adventure at the iconic Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia – a true driver's paradise. This renowned Spanish racetrack, blessed with a mild climate year-round, beckons speed demons from far and wide with its electrifying atmosphere and rich racing heritage – and you can experience it all with Hyundai Driving Experience.

Get ready to experience the infectious thrill of track driving, take your driving skills up a notch behind the wheel of the Hyundai N Models, and witness legendary events that will set your pulse racing. Find out more about the world-famous race track and what other highlights Valencia has to offer in this article.

The Ricardo Tormo Circuit: A legendary Spanish track

Opened in 1999, the Circuit de Valencia near Cheste is a 4.005 km long racetrack just 20 kilometres outside the vibrant Spanish city of Valencia. It boasts 13 adrenaline-pumping anti-clockwise turns and grandstands that can accommodate up to 65,000 spectators, offering an excellent view of the track. Other than the official competition area, the facility includes three tracks for races, track driving, and other events, as well as a karting track. In addition to the Valencia Grand Prix as part of the Motorcycle World Championship, the circuit regularly hosts the FIA GT Championship and the World Touring Car Championship.

Named after the former Spanish motorbike racer Ricardo Tormo, the Circuit Ricardo Tormo is more than just a racetrack - it is a popular destination for the whole family, as there is usually an exciting entertainment programme around the competitions. The circuit also places great emphasis on promoting young talent and gives newcomers to motorbike and kart racing the chance to gain their first experience on the surrounding tracks.

Who was Ricardo Tormo?

The race track is named after Ricardo Tormo, a Spanish racing driver from Valencia. He made his debut in 1973 at the Spanish Grand Prix in the 50 cc class. During his active career, he took part in over 60 Grand Prix races and achieved 19 victories and 36 podium finishes. Ricardo Tormo died of leukaemia in 1998 at the age of just 46. His home town of Valencia has memorialised him with the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

The Circuit de Valencia: State-of-the-art infrastructure

The Circuit Ricardo Tormo has recently undergone a comprehensive modernisation, with a brand-new surface and track boundaries primed for record-breaking lap times. But that's not all – this cutting-edge facility now boasts AI-supported precision cameras that can detect vehicles hurtling at over 300 kilometres per hour, enhancing safety and fairness by identifying rule violations and unauthorised manoeuvres.

The cameras also recognise people and objects on the track and trigger a warning message, helping to promote the safety of everyone visiting the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. This modernisation ensures Circuit Ricardo Tormo provides an unparalleled experience for drivers, teams and spectators alike.

Ricardo Tormo Circuit as a prestigious race, events and test track

The Circuit de Valencia has hosted a range of prestigious races over the years, both current and former, drawing in the biggest names and most skilled drivers from around the globe. From Formula 3 races, the high-stakes GT Challenge and the exhilarating MotoGP World Championship to the adrenaline-fuelled German Touring Car Masters (DTM) and the former FIA WTCC World Championship, this track has witnessed some of the most iconic moments in motorsport history, past and present.

In 2024, the Circuit Ricardo Tormo will raise the bar even higher, hosting the Superbike World Championship in February and the highly anticipated FIA Motorsport Games in October, where over 500 drivers from across the planet will compete in 36 heart-pounding disciplines before packed grandstands. The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series also extended its contract with the circuit until 2029, having hosted the series opener there nine times since 2012.

In recognition of its world-class facilities and ideal mild climate, Formula 1 teams frequently descend on Valencia for crucial winter testing, while Formula E has chosen the circuit as the location for pre-season tuning. The all-electric racing series even held the Valencia E-Prix at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in 2021.

Most recently, Formula E announced plans to relocate its global logistics hub from the UK to the Circuit de Valencia itself. This strategic move will see the series' equipment and materials shipped worldwide directly from this cutting-edge Spanish racetrack to E-Prix events across the planet. Such a vote of confidence underscores Circuit Ricardo Tormo's status as one of the premier motorsport facilities in Europe.

Circuit Ricardo Tormo track driving: Experience the thrill like a pro

With a 95% capacity utilisation rate, the Circuit de Valencia is a mecca for motorsport enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable experience. Digital tickets for official races like the Gran Premio Motul CV are available online, giving you a front-row seat to the action.

But why stop at spectating? Unleash your inner speed demon with the Hyundai Track Experience, where Hyundai's professional instructors will guide you through mastering the curves and straights of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit. Feel the infectious excitement as you take your driving skills to new heights on this legendary track under world-class tuition.

Our expert HDX instructors are dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential at Circuit de Valencia. With their wealth of knowledge and passion for motorsport, they'll provide invaluable insights and techniques to help you conquer every twist and turn like a true champion. Whether you're a seasoned racer or a novice seeking an adrenaline rush, our HDX instructors will elevate your Circuit Ricardo Tormo track experience to new heights.

Where is Valencia?

Situated on Spain's sun-drenched eastern coast, the city of Valencia is a Mediterranean gem. As the capital of the province bearing its name, Valencia stands as the third-largest city in the country, home to over 800,000 residents. This vibrant metropolis is extremely accessible, with frequent domestic and international flight connections as well as high-speed rail links to major cities like Madrid, Cuenca, Seville and Córdoba. More than just a motorsport mecca, Valencia lures visitors from around the world with its breathtaking beaches, pulsing nightlife scene, and rich cultural tapestry.

The Circuit Ricardo Tormo is located near the town of Cheste, about 20 kilometres west of the city of Valencia. From Valencia, you can reach the Circuit Ricardo Tormo by taking the A-3 motorway west for around 20 kilometres. It's a short 20-30 minute drive from the city centre to the track.

What can you do in Valencia?

After savouring the thrill of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and beauty of Valencia, the third-largest city in Spain. With its picturesque beaches, lively nightlife, and rich heritage, Valencia offers a perfect balance of excitement and relaxation. Stroll through the enchanting old town, savour authentic tapas and paella, and explore iconic landmarks like the 15th-century Silk Exchange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander the historic cathedral and its iconic bell tower, the "Miguelete", browse artisan crafts at Plaza Redonda, and sample the region's classic horchata (tigernut milk) at a cosy Plaza de la Reina café.

Alongside Valencia's old-world charms, you'll discover cutting-edge modern architecture and a thriving contemporary art scene. After exploring the city's winding streets, unwind on the beautiful beaches, soaking in the Mediterranean sunshine. From the beautiful gardens along the River Turia to the medieval Serranos Towers, Valencia is a feast for the senses.

The Circuit de Valencia is the ultimate destination for those seeking an adrenaline-fuelled adventure and a taste of Spanish culture. Let the fans' enthusiasm at the famous Circuit Ricardo Tormo ignite your passion, benefit from the expertise of our HDX instructors, and create unforgettable memories in the captivating city of Valencia. ¡Hasta pronto! (See you soon!).

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