The initial intention appears to be more modest, with a Grade II FIA licence the target – which will allow the track to host events such as the WTCC and FIA GTs.
The iLand Race Resort is being built not by Tilke, but by UK firm Apex. Like Korea and Abu Dhabi, it is part of a much larger development.
A statement today explained: “The directors of TSI Group and their iLand resort, a 1,700 hectare resort city currently under construction in Parand city on the outskirts of the Iranian capital city of Tehran, are pleased to announce their plans for the exciting new iLand Race Resort development.
“The iLand Race Resort will comprise a 5.0km race circuit built in the style of the classic ‘naturally contoured’ circuits such as Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), the Nürburgring Nordschleife (Germany) and Donington Park (UK). It is to be built on a parcel of land of 75 hectares that is 1,100m above sea level, with a natural topography range of 22m.
“It will be serviced by a country club, expo centre and road safety training school and will be linked to the wider nearby development through the iLand Central Business District. Initial groundworks have commenced for construction and Phase 1, the West circuit, is scheduled for completion in 2012, with full construction and operation anticipated in 2013.”
“The circuit and the adjacent development is to be designed and the construction project management supervision is to be provided by the British motorsport design consultancy Apex Circuit Design Ltd., with support from their co-consultants Ridge and Partners and Mott Macdonald in the UK, teamed with the iLand technical group in Tehran and their locally appointed architects, engineers and contractors.
“The aspiration for the circuit is initially to attract an FIA Grade 2 license and to accommodate regional and International race events and Iranian corporate entertainment, education and motorsport activities; the circuit development will be contained within an economic free zone and is only 5km away from Tehran Iman Khomeni Airport.”