NARDO TECHNICAL CENTER TRACK REOPENS AFTER RENOVATION
Apulia, ITALY — Porsche Engineering Group — which has managed the Nardo Technical Center since 2012 — reopened the historic track late last week after a seven-month, $40 million renovation.
At the heart of the work was renovating the 12.6-kilometer high-speed circular track and other testing circuits.
In a statement, Porsche said “besides the complex asphalting of the renowned circular track, an innovative guardrail system developed by Porsche Engineering specifically for the high-speed testing activities in Nardo was installed. The project also included the complete renovation of the car dynamic platform with an area of 106,000 square meters.”
Founded in 1975 as a Fiat testing facility, Nardo includes more than 20 tracks and 90 automotive clients. Among the record speeds recorded on its circular track were the first lap at 400 km/h by the Mercedes-Benz C111-IV in 1979, a diesel-powered record by the Volkswagen ARW in 1980, 24-hour speed records by various Porsche 928s, a methane-powered record by the Bugatti EB110GT in 1994 and an electric car record by the Bertone ZER in 1994.