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Porsche buys the Nardo test track in Italy

They now have the world's largest roundabout to play on...

Porsche Engineering Group, a wholly owned Porsche AG subsidiary, has today announced that they have acquired the Nardo Technical Center automotive proving ground in Apulia, Italy from Prototipo SpA for an undisclosed amount.

Known for its high-speed testing capabilities, the test facility, which covers an area of more than 1730 acres, includes a 6.2 km long handling circuit, and a huge 12.5km high-speed round high-speed banked circuit and facilities for inclement weather simulation testing across various road surfaces.

In collaboration with the Porsche Development Center in Weissach near Stuttgart, the acquisition of the Nardo Technical Center will allow Porsche Engineering Group to better accommodate its clients from the automotive industry and other sectors worldwide, from renting test rigs to developing complete vehicles.

"The Nardo proving ground with its high-speed and vehicle handling circuit ideally complements our facilities in Weissach. With the systematic development of the company in Nardo 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 Nardo for their vehicle trials in the future as well," said Malte Radmann, CEO of Porsche Engineering.

Thanks to the mild climate, the Nardo proving ground can be used throughout the year in three shifts around the clock, seven days a week. Previously the track was privately owned, but had a very lucrative deal with the VW Group which obviously has very strong links with Porsche.

We can only assume that Porsche are aiming to make a lot of money now from the rest of the VW Group testing cars there, given that Bentley, VW and Bugatti regularly do their testing on the high-speed bowl.

What this basically boils down to though, is the ever expanding empire of Porsche AG who are shaping up to be one of the biggest players in the automotive world thanks to their huge profits. We’d like to see them buy Lotus and return it to their former glories, though we doubt that would happen.

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more