Construction was completed in just seven months in October 2008, holding its first event a month later.
Today, in addition to the race track, the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve features a go-kart track, off-road park, hotel, apartment complex, technology park and sports complex.
In August 2009 the Le Mans Series visited the new track, the teams and drivers competing in the 1000km do Algarve. The 215 lap race was won by the LMP1 class Pescarolo-Judd of Jean-Christophe Bouillon and Christophe Tinseau. The LMP2 winner was the Ginetta Zytek of Olivier Pla and Miguel Amaral, while the LMGT2 (LMGTE) winners were Rob Bell and Gimmi Bruni in the JMW Motorsport run Ferrari F430.