Asia’s First Private Driving Club “THE MAGARIGAWA CLUB” Scheduled to Open Late 2022 in Tokyo Area
Cornes & Company Ltd. started construction on THE MAGARIGAWA CLUB this past spring in Minamiboso in Chiba Prefecture. In creating the club, Cornes envisions a truly unique driving club, road course, and destination that will offer experiences unattainable at other racing circuits. Located 60minutes from the Tokyo metro area, Tokyo International Airport, and Narita International Airport, the exclusive driving club allows members to enjoy an unparalleled driving experience and spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Bay. In addition to its distinctive 3.5-kilometer driving course, THE MAGARIGAWA CLUB offers recreational options for everyone—not just car enthusiasts.
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Driving Course (Graphic: Business Wire)
The first round of applications for membership are sold out.
There are a few legendary racetracks in the world today. These spots gain iconic status, becoming destinations for piston-heads. Aiming to put THE MAGARIGAWA CLUB on the map, too, Cornes wants to turn it into an iconic destination by creating an exceptional, world-class driving club.
The name and logomark of the club are based on the kanji “<<<(magarigawa)”. Cornes hopes that MAGARIGAWA’s members will be able to fully immerse themselves in the beautiful natural landscape allowing them to become one with nature and have experiences that they won’t get anywhere else in the world.
The driving course was designed by the world renown team at Tilke Engineers & Architects. It is the first course in Japan that the team has designed from scratch and features a maximum ascent of 20%, maximum descent of 16%, and an 800-meter long straight, making it a track like no other. It is challenging but also designed for safety, letting drivers focus on the driving experience. Members can drive their automobiles on the course, store them on site, and get maintenance checks before and after driving. They can take one-on-one lessons with professional instructors and explore the potential of their favorite cars in a safe manner. The climate-controlled pit building can accommodate up to 36 vehicles and there are other services and facilities that help ensure a satisfying driving experience.
Other Major Facilities
The design of the clubhouse combines elements from both traditional Japanese and contemporary architecture. Inside the clubhouse members will find a bar, restaurant, family lounge, gymnasium, 25m swimming pool, spa facilities, and natural hot spring baths. Outside, there is a playground, dog run, and hiking trails.
Owner’s paddocks and long-term garage
Each owner’s paddock provides private indoor parking for up to 4 automobiles and features a spacious floorplan that includes a dining area, living room, and terrace. There is also a long-term car storage facility which is highly secure and climate controlled. On-site mechanics keep members’ vehicles in top condition for driving.
“Magarigawa will be home for car lovers. A sanctuary where members will be able to enjoy and share their passion with friends and family.” said Kenzo Watari, CEO, Cornes Group.
“It will be the answer to the perennial question – where do you drive an 800 horsepower supercar?”
“The extremely hilly topography offers an astonishing basis for the track and makes the layout absolutely unique in the world.” said Dr. Carsten Tilke, Managing Director, Tilke Engineers & Architects. “Although we have designed and realized over 80 racetracks worldwide including 19 Formula One circuits, this project was very special to us and we are proud to be part of it.
Drivers will enjoy mid-speed, technical sections as well as two high-speed straights of the 3.5km track, which incorporates highest safety and environmental standards. It will be ideal for all kinds of driver skills. As a car enthusiast and racing driver myself, I can’t wait to drive my first laps at this amazing unique track.”
For more information, visit www.magarigawa.com.
Name: THE MAGARIGAWA CLUB
Location: Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Date of opening: Scheduled for late 2022
Total site area: 1,000,000sq.m
Track specs: 3.5km in length, max. ascent: 20%, max. descent: 16％, 800m long straight, 22 corners, elevation change of 250m
Convenient: 60minutes from Tokyo & Haneda Airport
About Cornes & Company Ltd.
Established in 1861, Cornes & Co., Ltd. specializes in the import and sale of electronic components, systems equipment, industrial machinery, laboratory equipment and scientific instruments, apparels, fragrances, kitchenware, and nautical charts and publications and has expanded its business into a wide range of areas including non-life insurance and marine insurance survey. Its subsidiary companies Cornes Motors Ltd. and C.P.S. Ltd, are authorized distributors of Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche automobiles. Cornes Motors is the leading ultra luxury automotive dealership in Japan.
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