The Paul Ricard Circuit was the brainchild of the famous French company director and entrepreneur Paul Ricard (1909-1997). He wanted to create an international-scale event in the region, on his huge thousand-hectare estate at Plateau du Castellet.
He began in 1962 by building an airfield for his business use and to serve the western Var region. Later he had the idea of creating a racing circuit, and specialists were brought in to design the track with the advice of various well-known drivers, and so, in 300 days, a track with a length of 5.810 km, including the famous 1,800-metre Mistral Straight, was created. The circuit became the benchmark for its time in terms of track design, and more importantly in terms of safety.
Since 2000, numerous studies are conducted in preparation for the major project of modernizing the track.
Renovated and modernised to Formula One standards, the Paul Ricard HTTT has been for ten years the host of private and official tests for various international championships such as the World Series by Renault FR3.5, the GP2 Series™ (the main feeder series for Formula 1), and of course for hosts tests of F1 World Championship teams.
The Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track is furthermore the only circuit in Europe to have a straight as long as the legendary Hunaudières straight on the Le Mans 24 Hours race. This makes it ideal for Sport Prototypes teams to carry out full-scale tests and so to achieve the best preparation possible.
Every team which has won Le Mans 24 Hours since 2002 has prepared their victory on the Paul Ricard HTTT. But other motorsport disciplines are not left behind: a wide variety of professional teams including DTM, Formula 3, Formula Renault V6, FIA GT, and Historic GT choose the Paul Ricard HTTT for their tests, races and other events.
The facilities at the Paul Ricard HTTT, with its innovations in technology, design and architecture, make it an ideal location for general motor-related communications, event operations, leisure and entertainments.