Immersed in the Tuscan countryside, the Mugello valley hosts the famous Mugello international racetrack. It is an Italian car and motorcycle circuit, the Mugello Circuit which consists of 15 curves and is 5245 meters long, for a total area of almost 170 hectares. It is currently owned by the car manufacturer Ferrari, which bought it in 1988.
Built near the renowned Mugello road circuit, the racetrack is located in the municipality of Scarperia and San Piero, in the province of Florence.
Its construction was decided in the seventies, to give an appropriate venue to the car races that were held in that area as early as 1914.
This was because the competitions had become more dangerous for the public every year, due to the engineering improvements of the engines, which allowed them to reach ever greater speeds. Following the death of a child, in fact, which occurred in 1970, the races were suspended and the Automobile Club of Florence therefore had the Mugello Circuit built in 1972, but inaugurated it in 1974.
With the transfer of ownership to Ferrari, starting in the late 1980s, the racetrack was thoroughly renovated and equipped with the best infrastructures available on the market at the time, which were subsequently constantly updated.
Nevertheless, the layout of the track has not undergone any changes, keeping it very demanding for the drivers, both of cars and motorcycles. The resurfacing of the entire track dates back to 2011, with cutting-edge techniques and greater attention, especially with regard to rainwater drainage systems.
Despite the race with which the circuit was inaugurated, in ’74, saw the Formula 5000 compete, the most important race held in the Mugello circuit is the Italian Motorcycle Grand Prix of the World Championship.
It is, as all fans know, a competition held every year, generally at the beginning of June. In 2007, this track hosted Ferrari’s 60th anniversary celebrations, as well as the celebration of the Formula 1 World Championship, which was won by Kimi Räikkönen.
Since 1994, however, it has been the Italian venue for the touring car races of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters.
In past years, the Mugello Circuit has also been the setting for other car competitions, including the world sports championship, Formula 2, Formula 3000, ITC (the international version of the German DTM championship, held only between 1995 and 1996) and the FIA GT Championship.
In addition, the racetrack has won the award for the best world motorcycle circuit five times. Not only that, because it must be considered that this is a track also used for the tests of the Ferrari Team, as well as other teams.
More recently, however, it hosted the 2020 edition of the Tuscan Grand Prix, which represents the track’s debut within the top four-wheel motor series, Formula 1. On this occasion Lewis Hamilton set the absolute record of the circuit.
Mugello is a stop for all lovers of four wheels and two wheels but offers attractions for all tastes.
Lakes, mountains, sports, good food and a kind welcome are what you can find in this valley a few kilometers from Florence.
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