Porsche today officially announced that its motorsports operation will be packing up its operations and moving right into the heart of Los Angeles with the previously announced Experience Center. The new Carson, Calif. facility will serve as the base of Porsche’s motorsports operations in the United States.
Porsche’s new facility, to be dubbed the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles, will likely be a mecca for automotive enthusiasts in Southern California. The Experience Center will have its own test track, handling course, and even off-road area. Porsche says its new handling course will have special surfaces that are capable of replicating rain, ice, and snow, while its off-road area will include 45-degree in- and declines. With Porsche Motorsport North America moving to L.A., the company’s 18 specialists and chief Jens Walther can evaluate “the results of their engineering labor” on Porsche’s own test track.
The new center isn’t just dedicated to making better drivers, but also to bettering its employees. The new facility will include a Porsche Human Performance Center on its grounds, with a sports science lab using the same techniques Porsche use to get factory racecar drivers into peak physical condition.
Since this is an experience center, Porsche’s new center will have a Porsche Café, a Porsche gift shop loaded with Porsche Design branded products, and fine dining facilities.
The Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles is slated to begin construction this summer and be completed by the fall of next year. The city of Carson anticipates the Experience Center will create about 135 jobs with ongoing operations generating $22.5 million in annual economic activity.
Source: Porsche, City of Carson