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Porsche Experience Center – Los Angeles

January 14th, 2016 | by Annie
Porsche Experience Center – Los Angeles
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Let me be fair and straight up say it – I have an affinity for sports cars. I have a few I keep on my short list in case I hit it big-time including Jaguar’s, Corvette’s, Lamborghini’s, Ferrari’s and most of all Porsche’s! So when I heard there was a new Porsche Experience Center opening up in L.A. where I’d get the opportunity to turn the wheel of a Porsche 911 S the way it was intended albeit with an Instructor I went gaga.

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If you live in L.A. then you likely know the 405 Freeway and can point out to friends where the Goodyear Blimp is holed up. Well just across the street where once stood a lonely municipal golf course is now the location of our own Porsche race track. I call it a race track but to be honest it is a set of simulated real-life situations where you learn how best to manage almost entirely on your own. As you enter the front doors you’re met at the desk where they provide you a necklace to wear while at the facility. I’ve never been but it’s feels like being a contestant on a game show. From there a friendly guy or girl who magically knows your name takes you on a tour of the not insignificant facilities which include racing simulators, car configuration, restaurant and a stand alone Porsche goods store and cafe. This person turns out to be your instructor and by the way the instructors are AMAZING! I’ve been to a few driver instructor courses and events elsewhere but this one is in a class all by itself.

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You start at the slalom, full-force braking, and high speed lane-change exercises. If you do well here you then graduate to the Low-Friction handling challenges (think bus on ice) where you learn to hold a sideways position in the Porsche 911 S while maintaining a low speed. It’s actually low speed training for future drifting fans. And if you learn how to do these exercises (and you will) you also improve your overall street driving expertise and chance of avoiding future accidents.

And finally they take you out to the high speed course where you can reach speeds in your Porsche that you always knew it was capable of but after your training it’s revealed to you how to manage this technical automotive jewel competently. Let’s be honest for two hours and just $500.00 I felt like SuperGirl piloting this PDK equipped 911 S through turns with names like Le Mans, Monaco and the Nürburgring. Several stretches of the course were designed to simulate the turns and G-forces experienced at those world famous race tracks.

You certainly feel a kinship with your Porsche Instructor and they are accomplished drivers in their own right with experiences they will readily share with you once you become comfortable behind the wheel. I will be returning in a couple months to provide you a follow up of my driving knowledge and this time behind the wheel of a Porsche GT3.

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Porsche Driving Experience Center Los Angeles
https://www.porschedriving.com/porsche-experience-center-los-angeles
19800 South Main Street
Carson, CA 90745
Phone: 888-204-7474
Prices vary ($400.00 – $500.00) depending on Porsche model.

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