Whether you're driving an F1 car or riding a superbike, getting around any racing circuit this side of the Nürburgring Nordschleife is a rather rapid affair. Which is more than we could say for building one – that bit takes some time. Together with the cash it takes to finance such a venture, that goes some way towards explaining why you don't see it happening every day. But that's what's going on as we speak in Austin, Texas.

The facility is called the Circuit of the Americas, and it's set to host a host of top-level races starting next year, including Formula 1, MotoGP and the V8 Supercar series porting over from Australia. Of course it needs to be completed in order for anything to drive its 3.4 miles and 20 corners.

Fortunately work is well under way, but don't take our word for it: the constructors of the first purpose-built F1 track to be built in the United States have been filming the progress, and have released a quartet of time-lapse videos where you can see the construction unfolding before your very eyes. Just follow the jump and click play.






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      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think this is going to be neat. Just a short 3 hr drive from me!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oceanblue78
        I wish I still lived in Texas. Abilene was just about as far a drive.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this the track that is costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, all while Perry declared that his state was supposedly in such an "emergency" that he was forced to cut school funding/teachers/etc??
        Robt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Nice try but somewhat (ahem) inaccurate. It's being funded by private money. There's some to-ing and fro-ing over whether Austin will pay the "Formula 1 sanction fee" of $25myn per year. However, the tax take from the race and the building of the circuit will massively outweigh that (assuming the municipality pays).
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Robt
          Anyone that believe that cities actually make anything on sporting venues is sorely mistake. It has been proven time and again that those $XXX Million football, and baseball stadiums that taxpayers typically have to pay for are a huge hole in the budget of a city and tax receipts and minimum-wage refreshment or security jobs don't even come close to paying for the "investment". I am actually glad to hear that supposedly they are ONLY looking at maybe having the city pay for the sanction fee, but even that is like flushing money down the toilet.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Insert foot in mouth...
        ufgrat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        No, this is the track that's being funded by a private consortium, and may or may not be allowed to borrow money from the Texas "Sporting Event" warchest which is funded by... sporting events. It should also bring a few metric @%)(tons of money, interest, and probably investments, in the Austin area. Few people party like the F1 circus.
        graffcore
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        You, as well as everyone else who commented on this thread seem to be very misinformed. They are collected tax money out of the major sporting events fund. This is a state fund, that is set aside, by law. It normally goes to events like the super bowl and all star games. It was not created or funded for this project. Austin is not paying any tax money as far as I know, although I believe they have made tax concessions (which, most cities also make for all sorts of businesses) The economic impact is expected to far outweigh any concessions made by local or state government. Read more about it and maybe you will realize that it is not as simple as we're going to spend our money on fancy cars instead of education. I will concede that Rick Perry is a complete *******.
          graffcore
          • 3 Years Ago
          @graffcore
          Also, Austin doesn't control the fund, but had to approve the plan in order for the fund deal with the state to go through. They did this a month or two ago, so the deal is pretty much done.
      Kayotee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure was some reeeeal fascinating dirt being subtly moved.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kayotee
        That's because they haven't gotten to the point where the track and facilities are being built. AutoBlog posted this to introduce you to the Circuit if the Americas YouTube channel so you can continue watching the progress.
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      The track layout looks amazing. I'm really excited to see some races there / drive on it in a video game.
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