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Sepang International Circuit

Sepang Circuit

In line with Tun Mahathir’s vision to catapult Malaysia into the international spotlight, the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) was created with the aspiration of making Malaysia the hub for motor racing activities in the region and spark the Malaysia motorsport industry.

Designed by German designer Hermann Tike, the circuit was inaugurated by Tun Mahathir in 1999 and was completed in a record 14 months.

The state-of-the-art circuit has a length of 5km featuring 15 turns and 8 straights. Its facilities can accommodate up to 130,000 spectators at a time.

The circuit has played hosted to a number of events such as the Moto GP MalaysianGrand Prix and Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. Aside from major motorsport events, the circuit is also used for Go kart racing and tours.

Though the SIC has hosted countless motorsport activities and events, much of the land around it is under utilised. There were plans to build a theme park in the area but that was put on hold indefinitely.

Now, there are plans to revitalise the 260-hectare land around the area with a commercial park, hotel development, safe driving centre and an entertainment hub. Commence of the first phase which includes the hotel development is said to commence in 2017.