Tony O'Kane | Apr 14, 2012

The Nardo Technical Centre In Southern Italy has been bought by Porsche Engineering Group, giving the German sports car manufacturer a dedicated - and highly secure - facility to test its future products.

The facility also includes the famous Nardo high-speed ring, a 12.5km asphalt loop with a diameter of around 4km.

Besides the ring, the Nardo Technical centre also comprises a 6.2km handling circuit, a large irrigated skipan for stability control calibration as well as steep inclines and roughly paved roads.

Thanks to the region's calm Meditteranean weather, the test facility can also be used year-round.

Porsche reportedly plans to improve the facilities and also plans to keep the doors open to other automakers.

“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 Nardò for their vehicle trials in the future as well,” said Malte Radmann, CEO of Porsche Engineering.

Nardo is the second high-profile test track to be owned under the Volkswagen Group.

Volkswagen also owns the Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany, which has a 9km straight and was the setting for the Bugatti Veyon Super Sport's record-breaking 431km/h top speed run.

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