Motor sports enthusiasts celebrate new racetrack opening north of Calgary

After seven years navigating approvals and permits, Alberta has a new racetrack for car and motorbike enthusiasts to race around.

$35M racetrack now officially open near Carstairs off Highway 2

Cars cruise the circuit at the newly opened Rocky Mountain Motorsports near Carstairs. (Dan McGarvey/CBC)

After seven years navigating approvals and sound permits, Alberta has a new racetrack for car and motorbike enthusiasts.

Rocky Mountain Motorsports has officially opened its 3.5-kilometre track. It features 16 turns and 36 metres of elevation change.

The new track was designed by circuit-maker Hermann Tilke and built at a cost of $35 million.

The facility is based around memberships, with time also allocated for public use and classes. 

WATCH | CBC News got a preview of the racetrack earlier this year:

Long-awaited Alberta race track opens

7 months ago
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The track — which is located at the Carstairs overpass about 20 minutes north of Calgary — has been in development for about 10 years.

Members and founders gathered with their cars on Thursday to celebrate the official opening. 

The track will host everything from driving schools and car clubs to dealership test drives and motorsports events.

One of the highlights of opening day was a Koenigsegg Regera sports car. (Dan McGarvey/CBC)
Car enthusiasts test out the new circuit while cameras and a small crowd of enthusiasts look on. (Dan McGarvey/CBC)
Cars old and new are brought to the track by members who pay between $45,000 and $250,000 to join. The track is also open to the public. (Dan McGarvey/CBC)
Drivers of high-performance cars can use the track to practise driving skills at high speeds and enjoy their vehicle's performance without the risk of a ticket. (Dan McGarvey/CBC)
One of several cars with engines on display for enthusiasts to enjoy. (Dan McGarvey/CBC)
High-performance vehicles line up next to the new track on the facility's official opening day. (Dan McGarvey/CBC)