MotorSport Vision chief Jonathan Palmer has laid out his plans to turn his newly acquired French air force base into an expansive automotive complex for motor racing and high-speed road car driving.
Palmer confirmed earlier this week that he had successfully concluded negotiations for the freehold purchase of Laon-Couvron aerodrome, a former military airbase located five miles north-west of the city of Laon in the Picardy region of France, just north of Reims.
The site extends to 1263 acres and includes two former runways - one of which is 3000m long - together with extensive perimeter roads and apron areas.
A subsidiary company called MSV France will redevelop the army base into a motorsport village, Laon Autodrome, with the focus being a five-mile circuit that will feature a 1.5-mile main straight where top speeds in excess of 200mph will be possible.
The driving facilities will include a number of circuits as well as a 1000m asphalt oval track, drag strip, rally stages, 4x4 courses and an extensive urban road driving centre for young driver and professional driver training. Vehicle workshops and garages will be available for permanent and temporary use, together with hospitality facilities, restaurants and guest accommodation both as hotels and apartments for lease or sale.