23 Nov Porsche Brings The Experience Center to L.A.
Let’s say, you love sports cars but you’ve never had a chance to experience one of the greats: a Porsche. Well, the company is giving you a chance to experience everything Porsche, including an opportunity to get be in the driver’s seat at the new Porsche Experience Center L.A. Last week in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche opened its 53-acre facility where the 405 and 110 freeways cross in Carson, California. This is the second location in the U.S. for a Porsche Experience Center. The first opened in Atlanta back in May 2015.
So what can you experience at the experience center? There is a four mile test track with eight training modules. They also have a racing car exhibition and a fine dining restaurant. Visitors can take part in a 90-minute driving program led by an instructor on the test track.
Here’s what the eight training modules consist of, from Porsche:
- The handling course designed to mimic a country road with a number of corners and undulations
- The Handling Circuit has been designed not as a race track but as a challenging country road. Using the contours of the land we have created a flowing series of corners and undulations that all offer very different challenges for both car and driver.
- The Kick Plate is a computer-controlled hydraulic plate set flush to the road surface is designed to induce loss of rear wheel traction, putting the car into a skid or spin.
- Ice Hill has a 7% slope, computer-controlled water jets and a low friction surface. A combination which provides a unique and challenging scenario to test even the most experienced of drivers.
- The Low Friction Circle consists of highly polished concrete on a wet surface that in turn creates an ideal environment to provoke, correct and hold oversteer all at speeds which enable you to build an understanding of car dynamics.
- The Low friction handling course consists of a polished concrete surface with many curves to provide a situation where a vehicle can be placed in a oversteer condition.
- The Off Road course is designed to show how the technical systems on how the Porsche Cayenne works in off-road conditions. Offering 40 degree declines and ascents, rough terrain and unfeasible side slopes name just a few obstacles.
- The Acceleration Straight provides a safe and controlled environment to fully explore how a Porsche accelerates using launch control with an added twist. Near the end of the nearly 3/4 mile straight, a replica of the Karussell (Carousel), the famous banked curve on the Nordschleife (North Loop) of the Nürburgring, is awaiting for your enthralling g-force experience.
Porsche dubs the track as a theme park for adults with no lines and rides you can control. Pretty much every model is represented in one form or another. Prices start at $385 for 90-minutes with a 718 Cayman or 718 Boxster. The most expensive is $950 which allows guests to compare the 911 Turbo to the 911 GT3 on the track. Taking Cayenne off-road is $440. You also need to be 21 years of age and have a current driver’s license to attend.
It sounds like a great way to spend some time with a Porsche on a track. I’ve driven a few Porsches over the years and also owned two, but I’ve never had one on a track. I think it’s about time to change that.
Enjoy the following video and photos of the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles:
Photos Courtesy: Porsche North America
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