Featuring a world-class driving track tucked away in the mountains of Chiba
HONG KONG, CHINA
– Media OutReach – 15 September 2020 – Cornes & Company
Ltd. started construction on THE MAGARIGAWA CLUB this past spring in
Minamiboso, which is in Chiba Prefecture. In creating the club, which is
scheduled to open late 2022, Cornes envisions a truly unique driving club, road
course, and destination that will offer experiences unattainable at other racing
circuits. Located 60 minutes 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 features a stylish restaurant,
bar and lounge, fitness center, hot spring baths, spa facilities, a family
lounge for members with small children, and many other facilities and amenities.
Complete with an outdoor play area, dog run, and hiking trails, the club offers
recreational options for everyone–not just car enthusiasts. The first round of
applications for membership are sold out.
first private driving club “THE MAGARIGAWA CLUB” scheduled to open late 2022 in
Tokyo Area, Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture
There are more than a few racing circuits in
the world today, and some of them are legendary. There are corners that any
motorsports enthusiast is familiar with and tracks that are known for the
drivers who conquered their competition there. These spots and places gain iconic
status, becoming destinations for those passionate about motor racing. 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 idea behind
the project is to build a truly unique
driving club, road course, and destination that will offer experiences
unattainable at other racing circuits.
The name and logomark of the club are based
on the kanji “巛(magarigawa)”,
an ideogram that helps illustrate the topography and natural features of the
club’s location. Cornes hopes that MAGARIGAWA’s members will be able to fully
immerse themselves in the beautiful natural landscape, take in the breathtaking
scenery, and enjoy the unusual pace at the club, allowing them to become one
with nature and have experiences that they won’t get anywhere else in the world.
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 in the world. It is challenging but
also designed for safety, letting drivers focus on the driving experience.
Members can use their own 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 racing drivers and explore the potential of their favorite
cars in a safe manner. The climate-controlled pit building can accommodate up
to 36 vehicles and gives members access to refueling stations, pre- and
post-inspections by on-site mechanics, and 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, where they can enjoy a drink with friends,
a restaurant, where they can appreciate fine dining and views of the circuit, and
a family lounge, where their children are welcome to play to their hearts’
content. There is also a fitness center, 25m swimming pool, spa facilities, and
natural hot spring baths for downtime and deep relaxation. Outside the
clubhouse, there is a playground, dog run, and hiking trails suitable for nature
walks and picnics in the local mountains and other open-air activities.
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 on site. It is highly secure and humidity- and
temperature-controlled, making it a suitable environment for storing members’ most
prized automobiles. On-site auto mechanics and technicians keep members’ vehicles
in top condition for driving.
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?”
“When I first heard about the idea of
creating a private driving course in Tokyo, I got immediately excited to get
involved in this project” said Dr. Carsten Tilke, Managing Director, Tilke
Engineers & Architects. “The extremely hilly topography offers an
astonishing basis for the track and makes the layout absolutely unique in the
world. 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 3.5 km track, which
incorporates highest safety and environmental standards. It will be ideal for
all kind 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.”
Name: THE MAGARIGAWA CLUB
Location: Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Date of opening: Scheduled for late 2022
Total site area: 1,000,000
Track specs: 3.5 km
in length, max. ascent of 20%, max. descent of 16％,
800 m long straight, 22 corners, elevation change of 250 m
minutes from Tokyo & Haneda Airport
About Cornes & Company Ltd.
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. It’s 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.