The well-known road of Ronda progress winding from the coast between the natural Parks of Sierra de las Nieves and Sierra de Grazalema. Its closed loops become a circuit improvised by nature and they serve us as an appetizer before getting to our destination: Ascari Race Track.
Between the little towns of Parchite and Cuevas del Becerro we can find the 5.425 metres of asphalt track made from beginning to end for the pleasure of motor lovers. It was first opened in 2003 and it is the largest race track of Spain, with 26 loops, 13 to the right and 13 to the left.
The Dutch tycoon Klass Zwart is the owner and creator of this temple for motor lovers. In 1995 he founded Ascari Cars, an enterprise dedicated to the manufacturing of sports and competition cars. Years later, after the good selling of one of his enterprises, he spent more than 40 million of Euros in the building of Ascari, making one of his dreamcome true. The race track has his name due to Alberto Ascari, driver of Ferrari in Fórmula 1, who won all the races in the world cup, winning the title twice. First, Scotland was thought as a definite enclave, but Zwart, who had already a residence in a luxury complex in Zagaleta (Marbella), founded out this land near to Ronda, and he just couldn’t resist.
As soon as we enter we discover a different place. Ascari is located in an amazing natural park. Its track was designed being respectful with the natural flow of the free land as well as the giant advertisement posts characteristic of other race tracks. An incomparable spot respectful with its surroundings that allows us to enjoy the beautiful Andalusian landscape.
In the heart of Ascari, the sound of the motors gives us a hint of the adrenaline that fills the atmosphere. One of the possibilities that gives the circuit is the experience in one of its most exclusive cars. The Lotus Elise or the Porsche Cayen GT4 are some of the models that are offered in the circuit’s driving academy. Apart from the vehicle, an instructor is offered and the whole equipment to make our visit an unforgettable day.
Apart from the principal track, Ascari has some 4×4 tracks, tracks for karts, for buggies and some luxury facilities to celebrate all kinds of corporative events and even trackdays; as well as a heliport for the most VIP clients. In other words, all possible options for luxury vehicles lovers.
But the track is much more than asphalt and cars. Its exclusive club puts together members of different cultures and origins that share the same passion for speed. Preferential access to the tracks or a house-club with gourmet gastronomy are some of the advantages of being a member in this dream made true. Furthermore, Ascari has a private modern parking lot to place property cars during the whole year with the most modern security systems.
In our trip we have to stop in the last treasure of the circuit: the Ascari Country House. It is an exclusive country house with all the comforts within reach. Apart from being a place to relax and enjoy, the place offers numerous activities, such as guided visits of the Ruta de los pueblos blancos, wine tasting in the wineries of the area or travels on sailing boats in Marbella or Sotogrande.
In other words, Ascari world is a dream come true. It is a way of life for motor lovers in an incomparable environment that nobody leaves indifferent.
WORDS BY: María Jalón PHOTOS BY: Daniel Alea