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    • Porsche now has their own private high speed test track in Italy - Porsche purchases the Nardo Ring high speed circuit

      Many of you have heard of the Nardo Ring which is basically just a big circle that cars do high speed testing on in Italy. The 7.8 mile long and 4 lane wide track can be seen from space. The banked oval allows high speed runs in excess of 200 miles per hour. Automakers have been renting the track from Protipo SpA (the previous owner) for years but now they will have to speak directly to Porsche to get time on the track. Full press release below.


      Porsche Engineering takes over proving ground in Italy

      Stuttgart/Nardō. In May 2012, the Porsche Engineering Group will be taking over responsibility for the Nardō Technical Center automotive proving ground in Apulia in southern Italy from Prototipo SpA. With more than 80 years experience in engineering services, the hundred per cent subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, will be further optimising the test facilities and making them available to its clients for testing and trials purposes. Covering an area of more than 700 hectares, the test ground in the Province of Lecce comprises a 6.2 kilometre long handling circuit, a 12.5 kilometre long oval circuit and facilities for simulating different road surfaces and changeable weather conditions.

      "The Nardō proving ground with its high-speed and vehicle handling circuit ideally complements our facilities in Weissach. With the systematic development of the company in Nardō as part of Strategy 2018, Porsche is proving to be a reliable employer and business partner in Apulia as well," said Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Porsche AG.

      "With its rich array of facilities, from dynamic surfaces to acoustic and off-road sections coupled with the numerous workshops, our clients can continue to make extensive use of Nardō for their vehicle trials in the future as well," said Malte Radmann, CEO of Porsche Engineering. Thanks to the mild climate, the Nardō proving ground can be used throughout the year in three shifts around the clock, seven days a week.

      Together with the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach near Stuttgart, the Porsche Engineering Group has been offering Porsche's extensive development expertise as a service to its clients from the automotive industry and other sectors worldwide, from renting test rigs to developing complete vehicles.

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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I'm the only person who thinks this is absurdly awesome?
      1. Yukohama's Avatar
        Yukohama -
        pretty sweet that porsche would buy the nardo ring
      1. blkclk550's Avatar
        blkclk550 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I'm the only person who thinks this is absurdly awesome?
        $#@!ING AWESOME!!!