The Legendary Nardo Ring Test Track Has Been Resurfaced

Porsche has just spent €35 million renovating the Nardo Technical Center in Italy, which involved resurfacing its famous 7.8-mile circular high-speed ring
The Legendary Nardo Ring Test Track Has Been Resurfaced

The Nardo Ring should need no introduction, but just in case, we’ll try to do this incredible facility some justice.

A 7.8-mile loop of tarmac in southern Italy, this four-lane test track is designed so that at 149mph in the outer lane, no steering angle is needed to navigate, meaning you can effectively drive dead ahead lap after lap.

The Legendary Nardo Ring Test Track Has Been Resurfaced

Completed in 1975 and originally owned by Fiat, it’s been used as a venue for numerous records and endurance feats. It’s tricky to pick a favourite, but we’d lean towards the VW Nardo concept’s 4800-mile 24-hour run, completed at a very ridiculous average speed of 200mph.

The outer test track has been looking a little worse for wear in recent years, with the decaying asphalt proving not especially kind to the cars being tested there. It’s looking much fresher now though, as Porsche Engineering Group GmbH - having purchased the facility in 2012 and renamed it the ‘Nardò Technical Center’ - has just spend €35 million doing the place up.

The Legendary Nardo Ring Test Track Has Been Resurfaced

Over the course of seven months, the world-famous loop was resurfaced, and also treated to a new “innovative guardrail system,” Porsche says. Nardo is far more than just the outer ring, with the 7.8-mile track encompassing over 20 test circuits and areas, one of being a 106,000 square-meter ‘dynamic platform. It too has been subjected to a “complete renovation”.

The Legendary Nardo Ring Test Track Has Been Resurfaced

Nardo will continue to be used by a huge variety of car companies, with Porsche Engineering Group - which is owned by Porsche AG - currently having a roster of 90 customer firms which frequent the facility.


Manuel Kunz

So now our favourite three TV presenters can’t hopp out of the track and die a horrible death, that’s quite nice.

07/15/2019 - 07:39 |
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it’s not a ‘dynamic platform’, it’s just a large asphalt square with some markings on it.

And don’t even get me started on the names for the Porsche configurator

07/15/2019 - 08:10 |
22 | 2

I work for porsche and trust me, the names they come up with for the most basic shit are ridiculous

07/15/2019 - 10:38 |
22 | 0

“State of the art relay timed LED system derived from brake input” No Porsche, that’s called a tail light

07/15/2019 - 12:39 |
50 | 0

I think they call that “dynamic” because it has sprinklers in the middle to make it wet. Or something like that.

07/15/2019 - 12:53 |
4 | 0

I guess that makes a standard roundabout a “dynamic navigational circloid”

07/15/2019 - 18:36 |
18 | 0

Question is: can you still see it from space?

07/15/2019 - 09:34 |
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Matthew Boxberger

It protecc
It attacc
But most importantly
It racetracc

07/15/2019 - 15:20 |
52 | 0

If ya drove NASCAR like the Yanks do, this would be a dream track.

07/15/2019 - 20:09 |
6 | 2


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