The Economics of Building a Racetrack

Building a race track used to be fairly simple. If you owned a plot of land big enough to accommodate one, and you had the consent of your local government, then you were most of the way there. A bit of elbow grease and some safety measures, and you could basically start hosting races. As time, and a few lawsuits, passed, states and regions started having tighter restrictions on building a race track. In addition to the costs of land, you needed to factor in amenities and other concerns the public expects at a track. The economics behind building a race track today are quite complex, it takes engineering minds like Robbie Dickson.

How Much Land do You Need?

Let’s begin with the actual land you have to build on, which carries some caveats. It’s not as simple as mapping out each turn and straightaway, you’ll need to factor in whatever the city needs on your track, which will significantly expand (usually) or decrease the size you have to work with. That means more of your budget going toward real estate. A good sized track can cover anywhere from 500 to 1500 acres, increasing as regulation increases. What does that mean? Be prepared to add a clubhouse, multiple garages and anything else your local region says that you need in order to accommodate your guests. Dickson’s group negotiated a lease with the Osoyoos Indian Band, and immediately went to work. One of the founders owned a construction company, so they got the excavations started fairly quickly. The company used GPS guided earth movers to get the layout of the track just right, and 12,139 feet of concrete wall space keeps racers safe on the track.

Your Target Market

Finally, you have to have a target market in mind. Dickson built a true F-1 experience in Canada. It’s not easy to get out and drive your car to the fullest in the snow, so a race track designed for true racing fanatics was like a promise unfulfilled. Dickson knew his kind existed, he just didn’t know how to find them. The answer was to give them a place to gather, and that’s why it’s so important to build something unique and alluring. To solve both of those challenges, he turned to Jacques Villeneuve, Canadian F-1 driver, who shared his dream of creating a true race track experience in Canada.

Under Dickson, Area27 became more than a track. He installed a clubhouse, a spa, a private lounge and a full time restaurant for true immersion. When Dickson’s work was completed, one could move into Area27 and receive full service without ever leaving the track. By encouraging car owners to get out and meet one another, Dickson has created more than a business venture for himself. He’s established a community, which is how race tracks last.

Basic Costs

So, after you’ve evaluated your land, what kind of basic costs are you looking at to make the track work on a practical level? You can’t just use cheap materials on a race track, first and foremost. For Area27, Dickson’s team did more than one pass through, layering asphalt for a perfectly levelled surface with minor gradations. Everything from temperature changes to levelling of the ground can affect a turn. It required their team spending upwards of 10-12 hour days getting it just right.

Used Supercars may be more affordable than you think

Supercars are every car owners dream, but are they really so far gone? The reality is there are many different models you can find used for under $30,000 and $50,000. Supercar prices have declined over the years, which is good news for buyers who want the thrill of owning and driving the car of their dreams. Read on to learn more about why supercars are more affordable than you think.

Shop Certain Models

In your home turf, you’ll find there are a number of cars that are classified as supercars and available for a reasonable cost to you. Do you like foreign or domestic vehicles? If you like domestic cars, you’re usually in luck. You can save by driving or having the car hauled from wherever you buy it as well.

Shop Outside the Country

Look for foreign cars in their home country, and you’ll often find that they cost you significantly less. The trick is trying to find some way to transport them. There are a variety of companies that specialize in hauling cars overseas, complete with insurance packages. It’s helpful to utilize a supercar price guide for these kinds of searches.

Buy Smart

If you shop for loans under the right circumstances, and you’ve got excellent credit, you can find some great terms. Look for long term loans on supercars, because they tend not to depreciate after a while. It also helps if you buy your supercar as an alternative to your daily drive car. Many owners have older cars they commute with, and a supercar for weekend fun.


Supercar.io is a global research agency dedicated to providing accurate pricing information for high end supercars, both new and used. We enable supercar sales professionals as well as supercar enthusiasts to compare supercar prices by make, model, year and country.

A coup to remember from BMW

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BMW is well known for its powerful six-cylinder engines that they claim “the ultimate driving machine.” But when they come up with a four-cylinder engine that delivers near perfect match up to their signature claim, everyone turn their heads. That is exactly what is happening with BMW 428i. Models include the BMW xDrive coupe, convertible and four-door Gran Coupe. It is the most fuel-efficient four-cylinder, non-hybrid that you can find in the market today.

BMW 428i comes with a 240 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a 255 pound-feet of torque. You can rev 0 to 60 in just 5.5 seconds. Compare this to its pricier 435i sibling that is only three-tenth faster but cost more. 428i comes with all-wheel drive or rear-wheel with manual transmission. Speaking of price, 428i starts with $41,700, not a bad price for a performance car. Most models come with M Sport package, Dynamic Handling Package and M Sport breaks that worth over $5,000.

428i’s fuel economy is also impressive. It delivers 23 city and 35 highway miles per gallon. Somewhat similar to 3 series body but starting from the 2014 models cars are wider and longer than previous models. You still feel the impact of a low rider.

Economical Mazda CX-5

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One of the most affordable SUVs in the market is the Mazda CX-5. It is affordable because it cost less than $30,000. It is more efficient because it can deliver 35 miles per gallon on highway and 26 MPG in the city. It is more functional, carries a higher safety rating and comes with a well-built interior. It falls into the compact or crossover SUV category.

A 2.5-liter engine is standard but provides a strong acceleration. Five-passenger vehicle is available in Touring, Sport and Grand Touring trim lines. Base Sport comes with 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, full-power accessories, height adjustable driver seat, tilting steering wheel, cruise control and many other features. Most models are equipped with Bluetooth packages and four-speakers and a CD player.

The CX-5 Sport’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 155 horsepower while Touring and Grand Touring models come with standard 2.5-liter engine that delivers 184 horsepower. 0 to 60 can be reached in 8 to 9.7 seconds with most models. While antilock brakes are standard with all models the CX-5 is rated with five stars for overall and IIHS rating of “Good.”

Competitors include Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester and Jeep Cherokee. The latter two are good for off-road excursions too.

Maserati Continues Traditional Growth Methods

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The esteemed car company is showing no signs of slowing down.

Maserati continues to exceed expectations in both the automotive and business industry. Their consistent growth and trend-setting launches have provided a foundation for other car companies to follow.

Realistic Expectations

Each year, millions of people expect to see a new model unveiled with the latest features and some type of technology that blows away old models. It has become a trend in today’s ever-growing automotive industry. Car enthusiasts raise expectations each year to a higher standard. Combine that with the competitive nature of other car companies trying to scratch and claw their way to the top and you have an all-out sales brawl.

Structural Strength and Growth Factors

Maserati has always focused on their internal structure. With continuous investment back into the company, it’s no wonder they’re a premiere class in a league of their own.

Steve Doctrow, Executive Vice President of Rogers & Cowan, has worked with Maserati on marketing campaigns in the past. He understands the fierce competition that the auto industry faces every day. This is why global marketing and widespread reach is so crucial for car companies. Maserati’s triumphant profitability margins have skyrocketed because of their consistent focus on “reaching for success”.

Each year, Maserati never fails to impress. With their core business reaching new heights and their fundamental marketing strategies focusing on broader audiences, one would expect there to be continued success for this prestigious company. One thing that you can expect, however, is that they have no plans of slowing down.

Japanese Cars – The Ultimate in Reliability

Posted By: Auto Insurance Newz

When buying a vehicle, you need to ensure that it is in good condition and works properly. To most people, buying a vehicle is a big investment and they don’t want to find that they have wasted their money on something that is not going to last. You can purchase Japanese used cars that are in perfectly good condition and are very affordable. Although they are not brand new, that doesn’t mean that are in bad shape.

If you are considering purchasing a Toyota for example, you cannot go wrong in whichever color you choose and at a price that is affordable. There are hundreds of Toyotas for sale at anytime within your own city, which means you can buy them fairly recent or fairly old. For example, you can buy a Toyota Land Cruiser from 2010 for less than $7,000, which is a great bargain if you are looking for a good, reliable family car.

You can even buy Japanese cars on Ebay. You can bid on the cars that you want through Ebay, and you could end up grabbing a good bargain! You can contact the people that are selling these cars, who are usually dealers to ask more questions, which may not be part of the details of the sale, so that way you will have a more knowledgeable advantage versus other bidders. If you think that buying a car has to be expensive, that’s not always the case when you buy a Japanese car!

How much car should you buy?

Article written by soccer kits 2014 

When it comes to buying a car, many of us go after our dreams regardless whether we can afford it or not. This is a true statement for many young car buyers but not so much with older buyers. Is there a rule that everyone should follow when buying a car?

The Internet is full of those rules to follow. One rule that took my attention says that you should follow 20/4/10 rule. Down payment of 20 percent, finance it for no more than four (4) years and don’t exceed the total cost of the car including insurance exceed 10 percent of your gross monthly income. Not bad advice. Average price of a new car today is around $32,000. Sales people are trained to sell and they will try their best to add other bells and whistles. But many sales people will also try to entice you with lower interest loans and longer repayment period to suit your monthly budget. This is where many of us get into trouble with buying a car. Do your homework and understand your financial limitations before going to a dealership. Do not borrow money to pay the down payment. Both loans can burden you to a breaking point.

Dealer options to skip when buying a new car

Should you sign up for some of the options promoted by sales staff at dealerships? Here are some of our thoughts on few of those options.

  • Fabric protection: It is a spray that the dealership will add on to the top of the existing fabric and promoted as protection coverage. It could add $100 or more to your purchase price and cost them next to nothing. Many do not like adding more chemicals to whatever we touch, so why pay more for it?
  • Rust-proofing: Be aware of this. Certain auto makers may void the factory corrosion perforation warranty if the car is undercoated by a third party. Today’s cars come with factory coated rust proofing. Undercoating provided by the dealer could add $200 to $1,200 to your bottom line. Rust proofing may also be bundled with some dealer options known as environmental protection package. You don’t need this.
  • Paint protection: They may call it year around environmental protection for your car and can add up to $200 to the purchase price. Vehicles of today are designed to take washing and polishing well. Some European car models come with more than several coatings. This is another sales pitch you don’t need.

Formidable luxury SUV from Volvo

Looking for a larger SUV? It doesn’t come with V8 or V6. Volvo XC90 is a seven passenger SUV from the Swedish car manufacturer. Entirely redesigned for 2016, the XC90 comes in a four-cylinder engine that delivers 316-horsepower with just two liters and offered with two powertrains. XC90 is a formidable competitor in the luxury SUV market.

Its engine is quieter than you expect. It comes with two powertrain offerings. The T6 model that takes the center stage has 316-horsepower turbocharged and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It comes with eight speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The T8 “Twin Engine” model is a plug-in hybrid that replaces mechanical all-wheel drive and comes with a 60-kilowatt motor that drives the rear axle. It allows the driver to run the SUV on gas, electric or both. When offered, the US version of the T8 is expected to come with 18 to 20 mile range just on electric alone.

The interior is fully loaded with amenities that you expect from a luxury SUV. The stitched leather seats are more comfortable and matte wood trims, textured metal and curvy shapes give the vehicle interior an unforgettable look. The tablet style center console of the dash board accepts taps, swipes, pinch and stretches. What a concept without bulky knobs?

Massive Takata airbag recall

At the latest count more than 17 million vehicles from ten manufacturers have been recalled for frontal airbags in the United States alone and another seven million vehicles worldwide may also impacted by faulty airbags from the same manufacturer. Airbags are made by the Japanese parts manufacturer Takata and installed in vehicles starting model year 2002 through 2008. Among the recall are vehicles made by Acura, more than 765,000 vehicles from BMW, 2.88 million vehicles from Chrysler including Dodge and Ram, Over 500,000 vehicles from Ford, 5.5 million vehicles from Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Subaru, and 877,000 vehicles from Toyota.

The issue is defective inflator and propellant deterioration over time and may deploy improperly during an accident causing severe damage to the driver and passengers. Metal fragments from the airbag housing structure can also be released throughout the cabin adding more harm to occupants.

First sign of faults started with Infiniti in April 2013 and it took couple more years to realize the true impact of the problem. Toyota started to recall its vehicles in June 2014. Takata was slow to admit the problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that the problem is acute under humidity and forced regional recalls starting with Florida, Hawaii and the rest of the US.