The famous Nardo test track in Italy has a new and highly recognizable owner: Porsche. That’s right, the iconic sports car manufacturer now has owns another iconic test facility.
The Nardo facility is most famous for its 7.8-mile banked circular track. Nardo is where the Koenigsegg CCR briefly took the crown of the fastest production car in the world, before the infamous Bugatti Veyron broke the record at the VW Group’s test facility at Ehra-Lessien, Germany.
The track is six lanes wide, two for trucks and four for cars and motorcycles, and it is banked such that a car in the outermost lane can do 149 miles per hour with the steering wheel at dead center. It’s also where Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May took the Lamborghini Aventador, Noble M600, and McLaren MP4-12C for top speed testing during the last season.
With this purchase, Porsche also takes over a 6.2-kilometer (3.9-mile) handling course and a number of other facilities including off-road and road noise testing sections; the Nardo facility spans over 1700 acres. Porsche AG CEO Matthias Muller says that Nardo “ideally complements our facilities in Weissach,” referring to its test facility outside Stuttgart, Germany. Porsche also notes that Nardo’s mild weather ensures that engineers can evaluate cars on the track year round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Porsche will fully assume responsibility of the track next month.