Car culture varies across countries, but which country in the world is really best for those interested in all things cars? For most, it comes down to car shows, racing events and the ability to drive.
We wanted to find the best countries for people who love to drive, watch racing events and participate in everything car-related. We compiled a list of countries, ranking them based on racing car events and ease of driving, to find the ultimate car hotspots.
If you are thinking about travelling to these countries by car, make sure you compare car insurance quotes online to get the best deal.
The best countries for car enthusiasts
1. United States - Car Enthusiast Score: 8.94/10
The most car-friendly country on our list is the United States. With a reputation for car-loving culture, the States tops all other nations, coming out on top as the ultimate destination for car enthusiasts. This is not surprising considering the fame of US driving routes, such as Route 66, which thousands of car lovers flock to every year.
For racing lovers, the US is one of the best countries to be in, having hosted 11 Formula 1 circuits, 71 Formula 1 Grands Prix and 5 World Rally Championship rallies.
With a road quality score of 5.47/7 and an average fuel cost of £0.80 per litre ($1.04 | €0.96), the US is one of the best countries for driving.
2. France - Car Enthusiast Score: 7.91/10
In joint second place, France is one of the best countries for car lovers. The nation has one of the richest automotive histories in the world, home to one of the first F1 Grand Prix, and innovators like Peugeot and Citroën.
France is one of the best countries in the world for racing fans, having hosted 61 F1 Grand Prix, 45 WRC rallies and seven F1 circuits. There are 60 motor racing tracks in France, including Circuit Paul Richard and Circuit de la Sarthe.
For driving, France ranks higher than most other countries with a road quality score of 5.43/7 and an average fuel cost of £1.51 per litre ($1.98 | €1.82).
2. United Kingdom - Car Enthusiast Score: 7.91/10
The UK is one of the best car enthusiast hotspots in the world, ranking joint second place on our list.
For lovers of automobile racing, the UK has one of the best racing scenes, having hosted 73 F1 Grands Prix, 4 F1 circuits and 47 WRC rallies. For car events, the UK is one of the best countries to be in, with 143 upcoming car shows scheduled across the country.
Despite this, the UK currently has one of the highest fuel prices per litre at £1.51 ($1.98 | €1.82) and a road quality score of 4.86/7.
4. Spain - Car Enthusiast Score: 7.67/10
Spain ranks in fourth place, among the best countries for car culture. One of the top destinations for all things automotive, Spain is known for its vintage car museums and love of racing.
Home to many racing events, Spain has hosted 6 F1 circuits, and 51 total Grands Prix since 1950. The country houses 19 motor racing tracks including the Catalunya off road track and has hosted 30 WRC rallies.
With an average fuel price of £1.34 per litre ($1.76 | €1.62), a road quality score of 5.7/7, Spain is one of the best countries on our list for driving.
5. Australia - Car Enthusiast Score: 7.57/10
Australia is home to some of the most scenic landscapes in the world, with natural wildlife, snowy mountains and scenic road trips.
Australia has hosted 2 Formula 1 circuits, 35 Grands Prix and 26 WRC rallies while being home to 22 motor racing tracks.
With the cheapest fuel cost out of our top five countries, Australia is one of the most ideal countries for driving. The nation has a road quality score of 4.93/7 and an average fuel cost of $1.31 per litre.
The best country for automotive events
The best nation for those who are interested in going to car shows is the US. With a total of 406 car shows across the country this year, there is an automotive event to suit every interest.
The country with the most motor racing tracks
Home to 117 active motor racing tracks, the UK is the best country to watch a car race or even compete. The 117 motor racing tracks in the country include off-road tracks, test tracks and even hill climbs.
The country with the most Formula 1 circuits
The US is home to 11 Formula 1 World Championship race circuits since 1950, more than any other country on our list. Circuits include the Detroit Street Circuit, Sebring Raceway and the Phoenix Street Circuit.
The country with the most Formula 1 Grand Prix events
For Formula 1 fans, Italy is the best country to be in, with a history of hosting 76 total Grand Prix events since the first Grand Prix in 1950. Including the Italian Grand Prix and Tuscan Grand Prix, Italy has hosted more Grands Prix than any other country on our list.
The country with the most World Rally Championship rallies
Based on the number of World Rally Championship rallies hosted, the best countries for enthusiasts are Italy and Finland. Since 1973, each country has hosted a total of 50 WRC rallies.
The country with the cheapest fuel
For those who love driving, Malaysia is the cheapest country to fill your tank. With a fuel price of $0.49 per litre on average, Malaysia is the cheapest country on our list for fuel.
The best country for road quality
Of all the countries on our list, the Netherlands is the best country for road quality. With a road quality score of 6.43/7, the Netherlands has excellent infrastructure and over 86,000 miles of road.
Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at Confused.com, comments: “Car enthusiasts are some of the most dedicated hobbyists around the world. Such dedication to their hobby often means car lovers travel worldwide to attend conventions and races, as well as experience driving on the best roads.
“With car enthusiasts being extremely passionate about their own car collections, many choose to visit such conventions in their own vehicle. However, there are a number of things drivers must be aware of before driving their car abroad. Firstly, it is important to check that your car insurance fully covers your car when driving abroad. It is also vital to check the driving rules in the country you are visiting to avoid breaking any laws or incurring expensive fines.”
We wanted to find the best places in the world to be a car enthusiast, therefore we looked at some of the most popular countries in the world to be a car lover, using websites like Forbes and TheTopTens. To create our ranking, each location was given a normalised score out of 10 for each of the following factors. An average ‘car enthusiast score’ out of 10 was calculated for each location, using the scores for each factor with equal weighting.
The road quality of each country was sourced from the World Bank and is accurate as of 2019.
Gasoline prices per litre in local currencies were sourced from GlobalPetrolPrices and are accurate as of 2022.
Information on exchange rates for currencies was taken from XE on 8/3/22.
The total number of World Rally Championship rallies by a host nation since 1973 was sourced from Rally-Maps.
The number of upcoming automobile events in each country was sourced from Eventbrite by searching each country for ‘car shows’ in the category ‘Auto, Boat and Air’, and totalling the number of events related to automobiles as of 8/3/22.
The number of all operating race tracks, including off-road tracks, hill climbs and test tracks, in each country was sourced from The-FastLane.