January 22, 2017

Non-traditional races at Le Circuit d’Albi!

It’s a very exciting time for the racing world, and there’s nowhere more exciting than the original Circuit! As we roar into the 21st century, our Racing Manager Baptiste Leclerc talks through some of the exciting events that will be coming up, and the new trends that are sweeping the track.

Hello, race fans! My name is Baptiste Leclerc, and I am the Racing Manager here at Le Circuit d’Albi. We couldn’t be more excited about the state of motorsport today.

You may not be surprised to learn that in a time when climate change and fossil fuels are hot-button issues, as they say in the States, that racing on the auto route and motorsport worlds are suffering. Many tracks around the world are closing down or being forced to downsize because of concerns about the impact of large supercars that are less and less popular.

We have made it our mission to stay ahead of the curve. We are excited to host races of some of the latest diesel trucks, and in this years’ races, we will be proud to use only biodiesel fuels for the truck races.

We are also very excited to bring you some exciting races featuring electric and hybrid supercars, which we think are the bridge between passion for motor racing and concern for the planet.

New electric super cars and hybrid crossovers have been made popular by many of the top auto makers and while we in the racing world may have taken a while to come onboard and switch to electric from the good old V12 motors, the performance benefits and smoothness of electric drivetrains are now some of the most exciting things to happen to auto racing in years!

Electric motors can now reach even higher speeds than gasoline vehicles, and they do not have all the grumbles and messy problems that gas does, so these races are actually more exciting and with fewer troublesome pit stops than you may be used to in the past.

By partnering with our favorite companies to showcase electric and hybrid supercar races, we have actually been able to grow our event schedule and attendance numbers at a time when many competing race tracks are fading away or having to slow down their growth.

Look out to see matchups of electric supercars from Tesla, Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes and BMW on the track over the coming year. We promise: it is just as exciting to watch, and much more enjoyable. There is no smog rising off the track, which is best for all viewers. More people with asthma or sensitivity to exhaust can now watch outside and up close instead of having to be inside with air purifier. You will still hear plenty of tire squealing, and the whir of electric motors is something very satisfying as well. So join us for a whole new season of motor racing here at Le Circuit d’Albi, and we hope you will be as excited as we are to continue to grow and become a real center of racing again despite other tracks going down the closing stretches.