New Race Track

Oro Station adding race track, auto innovation hub in consultation with Goodwood experts

Oro Station will serve as a live-work-play space in Ontario.

Photo courtesy of Oro Station

North America is getting a new purpose-built motor circuit. Oro Station, located one hour north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, will also be home to an automotive innovation campus.

The track will be developed in collaboration with Kinarara Consulting, the group behind Goodwood, one of England’s premier motoring circuits and event centers.

The Oro Station Motor Circuit itakes much of its design and layout inspiration from Goodwood. It is designed to be a 4.1 kilometer road course that will be able to be run in a number of configurations. The full course layout includes 16 corners.There will also be split track formats, dynamic test areas, and skid pads.

Oro Station Ontario, Canada The development will be looking to host high-profile clients.Photo courtesy of Oro Station

Drive International is responsible fo the design of the track. The company has most recently designed the Silverstone FIA world rallycross track in the U.K. and NCM Motorsports Park In Kansas, U.S.A. along with being responsible for circuit improvements to Goodwood.

Oro Station will include 500,000 square feet of industrial space that joins an automotive business park with a motorsport road course and testing facilities. Additional facilities centered around automobile engineering, education, service, supply and manufacturing businesses will be present.

It will be the home of the Bexley Motor Club. Membership in the club will grant members access to the circuit and facilities as well as year-round white glove treatment and maintenance by Carcierge Service. Fly-in, fly-out access is available helipad or the nearby Lake Simcoe Regional Airport.

Members will also be able to access a clubhouse, autominiums (private garages available for purchase), a fitness center, and dining facilities.

Kinarara Consulting will be advising on circuit management, the organization of high-profile events, and retaining high net worth members.

"We are delighted to be able to offer Goodwood's expertise to Oro Station,” said Dan Hughes, Director of Kinrara Consulting. “There are clear synergies between Goodwood as the traditional home of speed in the UK and this incredibly exciting new facility near Toronto. Our hope is for a strong and long-lasting collaboration where each of our great circuits supports and learns from the other."

"The Duke of Richmond and his talented team have created the pinnacle of automotive events at the Goodwood Estate", said Geoffrey Campbell, Managing Partner of Oro Station. "The care and attention to detail is evident in the success of their facility and the quality of experience for customers, sponsors and manufacturers alike. We are honoured to be working with the Goodwood Group to ensure Oro Station and Bexley Motor Club learn from and follow in their pursuit of perfection."

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2022 Infiniti QX50 Pricing starts at around $40,000.Infiniti

Beyond the new standard features for 2022, buyers of the new QX50 will have to step up to the Luxe trim to get the most desirable features such as auto-folding exterior side mirrors, power lumbar support, and perforated leather upholstery. Standard comfort gear includes eight-way power front seats, dual-zone climate controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Infiniti stuck with its dual-screen infotainment configuration with the 2022 QX50. The top eight-inch screen handles wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto duties, as well as navigation. The bottom seven-inch screen handles vehicle controls, radio stations, and other settings. Though the system looks great and adds a high-tech feel to the cabin, two screens can be distracting and confusing while driving. The good news is that the QX50 gets an excellent 16-speaker Bose stereo starting with the Luxe trim.

2022 Infiniti QX50 ProPilot Assist and Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are now standardInfiniti

The 2022 QX50 hasn't been crash tested by either major ratings organization yet, but the 2021 model performed well. It earned Good ratings in crash testes and a Superior score for its standard crash prevention systems. The 2022 QX50 comes standard with Infiniti's ProPilot Assist system, which brings advanced adaptive cruise control functions that can center the car in its lane, brake, and accelerate. Other standard tech includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear automatic braking, predictive forward collision warnings, and forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.


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2022 Lincoln Navigator Black Label is Lincoln's top trim offering, and is available in several of its vehicles. Lincoln


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2022 Lincoln Navigator The Navigator Black Label is offered with two new themes: Central Park and Invitation.Lincoln


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2022 Lincoln Navigator Black Label models feature a staggering level of attention to detail.Lincoln

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