If Porsche wants to test out a new vehicle at speed - and you can usually bet that at any given time Porsche will be testing a new vehicle at speed - it's got miles and miles of Autobahn at which to do it. Not enough? There's the Nürburgring and all of its myriad turns and changes in surface. It's also got its own facilities at Weissach at its disposal. But considering the quantity (and, for fans of the company's products, quality) of Porsche's vehicles, even that's not enough. So what's a sportscar manufacturer to do? Get a track in Italy, of course. And that's just what Porsche has done.
Announced just today, Porsche has acquired the Nardo Technical Centre from Prototipo SpA, the Italian firm owned by Gian Mario Rossignolo (who has been hard at work reviving the De Tomaso marque). Now if the name Nardo rings a bell, that's because it's known for its 7.8-mile banked oval capable of handling high-speed runs in excess of 200 mph. But it also has a 3.8-mile handling circuit where a variety of automakers and tuners like to test out their prototypes.
And starting next month, they'll need to rent space from Porsche (whose 918 Spyder prototype is pictured above undergoing testing at Nardo) to do so, assuming Porsche is willing to rent out the space. Something tells us that sister brands under the Volkswagen umbrella like Lamborghini and Bugatti won't have too much trouble getting some track time, though. Sroll down for the official announcement.Permalink | Email this | Comments