• Sep 8, 2009

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Google StreetView – Click above to jump to the interactive map

Looking for a corkscrew? If it's a bottle of wine you're looking to open, we're afraid we can't help you there, pal. But if you want to take an interactive look at one of America's best race tracks, Mazda and Google have come to the rescue.

The Japanese automaker has captured the Laguna Seca race track (which it sponsors) from every which angle and placed it on Google Street View, making it the first circuit available on the online service. The interactive feature allows you to check out the track from start to finish, Andretti hairpin to the famous Corkscrew downhill kink, all from the comfort of your own home. In fact, we've placed the widget together with the press release right after the jump for your convenience, along with a brace of high-resolution images in the gallery below.



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PRESS RELEASE:

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca World's first Circuit on Google Street View

Leverkusen, 04 September 2009. The legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California can now be viewed from your PC on Google Street View. Racing fans can travel the entire circuit – starting at Andretti's Hairpin to the infamous Corkscrew Curve – from the perspective of a race car participating in the final leg of the 2008 American Le Mans Series. The tour was filmed using a spherical, multi-lens camera mounted to a vehicle, and combined with additional photographic imagery, GPS and other geo-spatial data to produce a true image of the race track at eye level.

This makes Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca the first racing circuit in the world to be available at Google Street View, an honour it richly deserves. For 52 years, the circuit has been venue for some of the most important racing events in the United States, including the Speed World Challenge and the WSBK Superbike World Championship, among many others. As one of the world's toughest circuits – with 11 curves, a length of 3.6 km and an elevation change of 91 metres – it has been host to thousands of prototype test-drives over the years as well.

One of its most famous prototypes was a small, two-seat roadster from Mazda in the late 1980s. The production model of this car would later enter the Guinness Book of Records as the world's best-selling two-seat sports car ever – the Mazda MX-5 – which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Mazda is the raceway's main sponsor and continues to test prototypes for the US market on a regular basis, and to hold its own racing series throughout the US, including the Mazda MX-5 Cup and Formula Mazda.

To take an interactive tour of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca click on: http://maps.google.de.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is not only cool but could be very useful for someone planning an event.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that's insane. You can see the elevation changes on the track. Also, not too far past the front straight, you can see where someone made a trip through the gravel trap (on the right). I'd like to see them do the Nordschliefe next.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Halfway through the Andretti hairpin you can see where they photoshop out the shadow of the google car, but not the shadow of the camera on top.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that's just plain cool
      • 5 Years Ago
      Heh, i picture a google street-view car racing around the track with LMP racers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        HA! That was my first thought too.

        I expect the streetview cameras don't do much to help the downforce.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They've got the racing line all wrong...
      • 5 Years Ago
      They've mapped another raceway too - don't quite remember which one though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is like last month old!
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