PETALING JAYA: Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is re-evaluating their plan to build a driving experience centre (DEC) at the circuit in view of the current Covid-19 situation.
SIC chief executive officer Azhan Shafriman Hanif said the multi-million ringgit project was originally scheduled for completion this year.
“The tender for DEC has opened and we have already received feedback from a few companies, ” said Azhan.
“But before we can proceed, we will be doing another feasibility study to see whether it is financially viable for us to continue at this moment (due to Covid-19).
“The original completion date for DEC was supposed to be this year but it will now be moved to next year if we do go ahead with the project, ” he said.
The main function of DEC is to serve as a training centre to educate not only high performance drivers but also daily road users who seek to be safer drivers.
“DEC has different features. One of them includes a 1.5km track where we can simulate various situations a driver might face, ” he said.
“This includes wet driving conditions as we also plan to build a kick plate as part of DEC. On top of that, we will also have a section for 4x4 vehicles.
“These features will allow drivers the opportunity to learn to control their cars well, hopefully we will be able to do this project in the years to come.”
Its existence will also provide SIC with an additional income to complement what they currently earn from their main track rental, hospitality facilities and go kart circuit.