Porsche Engineering Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, has bought the Nardo Technical Center automotive proving ground in Apulia, Italy from Prototipo SpA.
The test facility is known for its high-speed testing capabilities and covers a 700 hectares (1730 acres) area, including facilities for inclement weather simulation testing across various road surfaces, a 12.5km high-speed oval circuit and a 6.2km long handling circuit. Porsche Engineering will take over the test facility in May and plans to further improve the facilities for its clients looking to perform test trials.
“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.
Porsche Engineering will collaborate with Porsche Development Center in Weissach near Stuttgart, to better accommodate its clients from the automotive industry and other sectors worldwide, from renting test rigs to developing complete vehicles. Due to the mild climate, the Nardo Technical Center automotive proving ground can be used the entire year in three shifts around the clock, seven days a week.