Nanoli Speedway secures design approval from the FMSCI and FIA

The Nanoli Speedway in India has received design approval from the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) and the FIA. The FIA Grade 3 circuit will be situated within the stunning surroundings of the Nanoli Stud Farm, near Pune. It has been designed by Driven International with assistance from former Formula 1 driver, turned race commentator, Karun Chandhok.

The Nanoli Speedway is poised to become a world class motorsports and leisure facility, with a circuit – designed by award winning, UK-based Driven International in conjunction with Kapil Gupta from Serie Architects and local consulting engineers, Integrid – as the primary development.

The development includes a 2.9km FIA Grade 3 track, car storage facilities, members pavilion and accommodation. The project will be constructed in 2021. The track layout is optimised for vehicle testing, with a variety of corners that offer various challenges for driver and car alike.

Driving force

A unique feature of Nanoli Speedway is the integration of a 75m diameter skid pad within the first corner complex. The skid pad is engulfed by the track which wraps around it, and an alternative T1 and T2 complex has been designed for skid pad users and track users to use the facilities simultaneously and in a safe manner.

T3 is a quick right hand flick that requires supreme confidence, as the ribbon of grass surrounding the edge of the track is there to catch you out if you go too wide. This is followed by the braking zone for T4, where the track begins to camber so cars can gain more traction through the corner. A slightly faster T5 brings you onto the back straight, which runs parallel with the pits straight.

This straight has a slight left kink about two thirds of the way along, so drivers will need to position their car in the middle of the track to take the most direct racing line as they enter the heaviest braking zone on the lap. T6 is a hairpin with an early apex, and the track also widens considerably to encourage various racing lines and primarly to encourage drivers to be later on the brakes and go for an overtake.

After the hairpin comes the uphill climb of T7, a long right hand corner which will be flat out in some vehicles, but will require careful throttle control in others. The track rises to a peak at T8, again widened on entry to let drivers continue their battle from T6.

After T8 it’s back downhill, and the track compresses at the entry to T9, before rising once again through the apex, and back downhill towards the final braking zone of the lap at T10. This is one of the most challenging corners on the circuit, and one that is crucial to get right as any mistakes here will effect top speed all the way down the pits straight to start another lap.

Motorsport & leisure

Nanoli Speedway will also sport an exclusive Members’ Club, with members able to make use of a private Clubhouse, a sports and leisure retreat including equestrian, golf, tennis and a spa and health club, as well as accommodation and a car storage facility and museum.

The Goodwood Group has also been assisting with the project, as Dan Hughes, Director of Kinrara Consulting, a Goodwood Group Company, confirmed:

Its been an honour to be involved in this project supporting the Nanoli ‘Family’ in creating a truly exceptional experience. We look forward to a long and happy relationship with everyone involved, including the future members.

For more information about Nanoli Speedway, visit

Images, courtesy: Driven International

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