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KARLAND
MIREVAL (GOODYEAR)
SORRY, SOME DATA ARE NOT TRANSLATED YET
Description Tenth permanent circuit built in France. It should have been inaugurated in 1973, but there were some problems with a close military rifle range and works were stopped for some months. In summer 1974 it hosted Simca Racing Team; official inauguration should have occurred on August 4th 1974. The circuit was built on a 1,900,000 m², in a natural amphitheatre, that give to spectators the opportunity to see nearly all the track. 8 track layouts are suitable both for cars and motorbikes; besides two more circuits should be built: an autocross one, 750 m - 0.466 mi long, and a motocross one, 1150 m - 0,715 mi long (both not shown on my maps). The circuit is already ready for main international events: according to some rumors, they already had asked to host France F.1 GP 1976.
In 1983 the circuit was bought by Goodyear and it was transformed in a proving ground, known as Mireval
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Track layout is changed only a little after its transformation into a proving ground, but its use is changed. Following courses were created:
  • High speed road circuit, 3300 m - 2051 mi long
  • Dirt track
  • Of road track, 1500 m - 0.932 mi long
  • Circle ring, diameter 200 m - 0.124 mi, 628 m - 0.391 mi long (looking an aerial pic I think it’s a track not present in the old circuit, but a new one, close to the corner bottom left on previous maps)
  • track for lorries, 2500 m - 1.554 mi long
  • Straight for acceleration and breaking test up to 120 km/h - 75 mph
  • Plant for wet some section of the track
Location Mireval
34 - Hérault - Languedoc-Roussillon
Location Approx. 10 km - 6.2 mi from Montpellier (Languedoc-Rous), on the road to Sète and 4 km - 2.5 mi far from motorway from Lion to Spain
Latitude - Longitude + 43°31'17"     + 3°47'42"
43.521389     3.795
UTM Coordinates X = 564248.658  -  Y = 4819023.762  -  Zone 31T
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) GéoPortail
Altitude AMSL 54 m - 177 ft
Inauguration  
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian Autosprint 23/1974 (page 46)Inaugurazione a metà luglio
(2) Italian Autosprint 31/1974 (page 59)Inaugurata la pista
(3) Italian Rombo 24/1990 (page 66)
(4) Italian Quattroruote 1/2010 (page 24) [Publishing date: January 2010]

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Circuit 1
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page January 25th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4769  m 15646  ft 2.963  mi   (2)
Min width 10.5  m 34  ft      (2)
Difference in level 48  m 157  ft      (2)
Straight length 470  m 1542  ft 0.292  mi   (2)
Straight length 511  m 1677  ft 0.318  mi Longest straight (2)
Bend minimum radius 20  m 66  ft      (2)
Max minimum radius 2500  m 8202  ft 1.553  mi   (2)

Circuit 2
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page January 25th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4452  m 14606  ft 2.766  mi   (2)
Min width 10.5  m 34  ft      (2)
Difference in level 48  m 157  ft      (2)
Straight length 511  m 1677  ft 0.318  mi   (2)
Straight length 622  m 2041  ft 0.387  mi Longest straight (2)
Bend minimum radius 30  m 98  ft      (2)
Max minimum radius 2500  m 8202  ft 1.553  mi   (2)

Circuit 3
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page January 25th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 3306  m 10846  ft 2.054  mi   (2)
Min width 10.5  m 34  ft      (2)
Difference in level 48  m 157  ft      (2)
Straight length 114  m 374  ft      (2)
Straight length 511  m 1677  ft 0.318  mi Longest straight (2)
Bend minimum radius 45  m 148  ft      (2)
Max minimum radius 2500  m 8202  ft 1.553  mi   (2)

Circuit 4
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page January 25th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 3100  m 10171  ft 1.926  mi   (2)
Min width 10.5  m 34  ft      (2)
Difference in level 48  m 157  ft      (2)
Straight length 511  m 1677  ft 0.318  mi Longest straight (2)
Bend minimum radius 45  m 148  ft      (2)
Max minimum radius 2500  m 8202  ft 1.553  mi   (2)

Circuit 5
Description  
Years  
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page January 25th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 1649  m 5410  ft 1.025  mi   (2)
Min width 10.5  m 34  ft      (2)
Difference in level 25  m 82  ft      (2)
Straight length 293  m 961  ft 0.182  mi Longest straight (2)
Bend minimum radius 30  m 98  ft      (2)
Max minimum radius 80  m 262  ft      (2)

Circuit 6
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page January 25th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2271  m 7451  ft 1.411  mi   (2)
Min width 10.5  m 34  ft      (2)
Difference in level 25  m 82  ft      (2)
Straight length 511  m 1677  ft 0.318  mi Longest straight (2)
Bend minimum radius 30  m 98  ft      (2)
Max minimum radius 2500  m 8202  ft 1.553  mi   (2)

Circuit 7
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page January 25th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2200  m 7218  ft 1.367  mi   (2)
Min width 10.5  m 34  ft      (2)
Difference in level 13  m 43  ft      (2)
Straight length 798  m 2618  ft 0.496  mi Longest straight (2)
Bend minimum radius 50  m 164  ft      (2)
Max minimum radius 150  m 492  ft      (2)

Circuit 8
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page January 25th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 503  m 1650  ft 5/16  mi   (2)
Min width 10.5  m 34  ft      (2)
Difference in level 10  m 33  ft      (2)
Bend minimum radius 80  m 262  ft      (2)
Max minimum radius 80  m 262  ft      (2)

Autocross
Description  
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Autocross
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page April 13th 2005
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 750  m 2461  ft 0.466  mi   (2)

Motocross
Description  
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Motocross
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page April 13th 2005
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 1150  m 3773  ft 0.715  mi   (2)

Centre d’essais Goodyear - Circuito stradale alta velocità
High Speed Track
Goodyear Proving Ground
Description  
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Proving ground
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page December 31st 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 3300  m 10827  ft 2.051  mi   (3)
length 5800  m 19029  ft 3.604  mi Total including all layouts (4)
Total area 180  hectares 1800000  m² 444.785  acres   (4)

Centre d’essais Goodyear - Anello circolare
Goodyear Proving Ground
Description  
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Proving ground
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page  
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 628.319  m 2061  ft 0.39  mi   (3)

Centre d’essais Goodyear - Circuito per autocarri
Goodyear Proving Ground
Description  
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Proving ground
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page July 17th 2005
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2500  m 8202  ft 1.553  mi   (3)

Centre d’essais Goodyear - Circuito fuoristrada
Goodyear Proving Ground
Description  
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Proving ground
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page July 17th 2005
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 1500  m 4921  ft 0.932  mi   (3)

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Circuit 2

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Circuit 3

Circuit 3


Circuits 4 and 5

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Circuits 4 and 5

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Circuits 6 and 7

Circuits 6 and 7


Circuits 6 and 7

Circuits 6 and 7


Circuit 8

Circuit 8


Latitude - Longitude: + 43°31'17", + 3°47'42"
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Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
December 31st 2009     Guido de Carli     Update Description
January 25th 2009     Guido de Carli     Update Description
July 17th 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
April 14th 2005     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
Not all eventual updates issued in last years are already visible in this list

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