Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is an ultramodern motorsport facility that is located in the heart of the Sakhir desert. Designed by the renowned German engineer Hermann Tilke, the circuit incorporates many features of local culture.
Costing approximately $150 million, the entire facility took less than 18 months to build – quite a feat considering the massive undertaking that was needed to develop the land.
BIC features five FIA certified track layouts, more than anywhere else in the world . This allows the circuit to host a range of motor racing events. The 5.412-kilometre Grand Prix Track regularly hosts international races, including the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, the FIA World Endurance Championship Six Hours of Bahrain, races in the GP2 Series and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
FROM DAY TO NIGHT
In 2014, the circuit celebrated its landmark 10th anniversary by introducing a state-of-the-art floodlight system. This led to the Bahrain Grand Prix being held as a night race for the first time, ushering in a new era for the circuit.
Night racing is now a major fixture at BIC, allowing the circuit to offer new opportunities to motorsport enthusiasts such as the introduction of night time open track, night races in BIC 2,000cc Challenge or BMR 600 Championship.
- 495 light poles erected along the track.
- Each pole 10 to 45 meters in height.
- 5,000 luminaries.
BIC is also a favourite venue for hosting a range of off-track events. Some of the major non-racing events held at the circuit include the Bahrain International Air Show, the Bahrain International Motor Show and Challenge Bahrain triathlon to name a few.
Throughout the year, corporate events take place at BIC. Exclusive lounges, hospitality suites and function rooms make a perfect location for product launches, client receptions, business conferences and large-scale outdoor events. Social events such as weddings, music concerts and charity occasions are also hosted.