Porsche Experience Centre Le Mans confirmed
In issue 109 back at the start of January, Total 911 exclusively revealed plans for Porsche to build a new Experience Centre (the first in France) at the Circuit de la Sarthe, home of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.
Today, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and Porsche France confirmed that a contract between the two parties had been signed with the new Porsche Experience Centre due to open in the first three months of 2015.
As we were able to reveal two months ago, the main circuit at the new Experience Centre (which will be 2.9km long) will utilise part of the iconic track used for the 24 Hour motor race.
The artist’s impression of the new PEC appears to show the main building situated on the infield of the Circuit de la Sarthe, just behind the Ford Chicane. With plans for a 1.8-mile circuit, this would allow the PEC track to utilise some of the tarmac around the Porsche Curves, as we reported in January.
Today’s announcement disclosed further details of the venue, which will be home to a dedicated driver training centre, a Porsche Service Centre, as well as a Porsche Exclusive custom tailoring area.
On top of this, there will be a Driver’s Selection store, restaurant, and display of current and classic Porsche vehicles, as found at the current PECs in Leipzig, Silverstone, Shanghai, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.
“The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a legendary challenge in motorsport that has played an important part in Porsche’s history,” explained Marc Ouayoun, Managing Director of Porsche France. “Opening a Porsche Experience Centre here holds a special meaning for us.
“Porsche’s return to LMP1 has opened up great prospects for the future. The Centre will be a fantastic venue for all Porsche enthusiasts to come and share their passion.”