- Porsche is building a new track at the Experience Center in Atlanta, which will open to the public on April 1st.
- The track includes corners to emulate Laguna Seca’s famous corkscrew, Daytona’s bus stop and the carousel of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
- We sampled the track at a recent media event along with other features such as a wet skid pad and an autocross course.
Seven thousand five hundred miles. That’s roughly the amount of travel required to drive the corkscrew at Laguna Seca, scythe through the bus stop chicane at Daytona, and slingshot around the carousel at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. April 1st, Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta It includes recreations of all three iconic corners and will be open to the public as part of a multi-million dollar expansion at Porsche’s North American headquarters.
According to Porsche, the Experience Center has received about 400,000 visitors since its opening in 2015. The facility had a handling circuit, a restaurant, a gift shop and a small museum space showcasing classic Porsches, but now a new course designed by Hermann Tilke, who is the brains behind his layout for several F1 tracks. is added. Bahrain International Circuit. The 1.3-mile West Track is used for his 90-minute one-on-one lessons in Porsche sports cars, which can be combined with the original circuit or run on its own. Officially open.
We drove the course with different Porsches. 911GT3 and Taycan—And from the passenger seat of the 1073 horsepower 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance prototype. My first ride in the Porsche Experience Center in Franciacorta, Italy, last year. New Atlanta His circuit doesn’t have as many straight sections as Italy, where ePerformance hit a top speed of 150 mph, but the rough terrain makes it feel more dynamic.
Coming out of the pits, it climbs a series of quick essays and returns to steep 90-degree right-handers. Then he climbs 30 feet to a corkscrew like Laguna Seca. A later winding section of the course emulates the famous Tail of the Dragon Road in the Great Smoky Mountains before reaching a bumpy and banked carousel (Porsche chose to use the English spelling). chassis.
Within the West Track range there are three setups to support other driving lessons. The skid pads, which Porsche calls low-friction circles, are 196 feet in diameter and covered in wet, abrasive concrete, allowing drivers to explore the limits of grip and learn how to manage understeer and oversteer. increase.We spent hours holding long drifts on the skid pad 718 Cayman GT4 With a goofy grin all over our faces.
climbing ice hill
There is also an ice hill that mimics the icebergs you might encounter in winter in the northern United States. Tackling 8% inclines and water-polished surfaces can teach drivers how to smoothly apply throttle, brake and steering inputs in dangerous situations. While the rear-wheel-drive Cayman required a delicate right foot to climb hills, the all-wheel-drive Macan was easy to control and perform drifts.
Finally, an autocross course with cones on a large paved area offers lessons in everything from practicing starting and hard braking to precision steering in tight corners. We tested his control at launch with his brilliant-sounding 911 GT3 and his quiet but melt-in-the-face Taycan Turbo S.
Combined with all available track surfaces, including the original circuit, the new handling course forms part of 2.9 miles of road. The track is open to both Porsche owners and other users, and the Experience Center is located just a few miles from the busy Atlanta International Airport.
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