Race Track Case Study:
M1 Concourse, Pontiac MI

Situation: 87 acres located in Pontiac Michigan. The property was originally a GM manufacturing and testing facility, although it had been completely demolished in 2009 there were still 83 acres of concrete that had to be cleared before construction of the new facility could be started. The developer was looking for a unique, safe yet technically demanding test track to be integrated with the vision of private collector garages, repair and restoration shops, restaurants and retail. The property is located right on Woodward Avenue, America’s first highway (M1) and the location of the world’s biggest car celebration, the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Our Role: MCS was retained by the developer early in the project to work with the design team to develop a test track that would enhance the experience of having a track on the same property as your private garage, yet allow the business of the development to continue uninterrupted when the track was in use. The result is a 1.5-mile track that can be used in both directions, incorporating current safety standards, a dedicated pit lane and a 2.5-acre festival/event arena and skid pad. The track was designed to be pleasurable for the inexperienced owner to use, technical enough to be enjoyable to the experienced driver and adaptable for OEM and media testing, ride and drives and other functions.