Wealthy motorsports enthusiasts are backing a two-mile-long driving course in Atlanta that aims to become the most sustainable such track in the world.
The Atlanta Motorsports Park, a private country club for motorsports fans, will feature six separate tracks for various kinds of vehicles, from true race cars to stock vehicles to motorcycles. Members pay $100,000 to join the club.
Among its sustainable features, the facility is adding waterless urinals, tank-less water heaters, reclaimed water for irrigation and recycling of all garbage and oil.
It also is using high efficiency HVAC systems, thermal resistant windows and high efficiency lighting.
As the track is being built, consultants are being retained to advise on best practices to attain efficiency and sustainability.
The new track is part of a growing trend by the racing sector, notorious for its emissions and waste of materials, to clean up its environmental image.
For instance, Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania hopes to become energy neutral upon the completion of a three megawatt solar array in the spring of 2010. The $17-million project will use almost 40,000 photovoltaic solar panels, spread over more than 25 acres of land formerly used for parking.
Also, NASCAR has put in place a number of initiatives to promote sustainability.
Here is a video about the Atlanta Motorsports Park.