The Porsche Experience Center at Silverstone is the breeding ground for Porsche drivers to improve their driving skills through a series of challenges. These challenges are designed to test the driving capabilities of the drivers and to see how their handling of the Porsche through these simulations. If you think it’s as easy as driving Ms. Daisy to the park on a lazy Sunday afternoon, think again.
In this video, Porsche chief driving consultant Gordon Robertson takes us all on a tour around the Porsche tracks on board a Porsche 911 GT3 , while showing us the many unique driving simulations it comes with, including a kick-plate. This is a hydraulic metal plate that ‘kicks’ the car into oversteer before passing through a wet piece of road, simulating wet conditions and giving the driver the challenge of maintaining control and balance while the car is over-steering. There’s also the ‘low-fraction handling circuit, which consists of a limestone composite surface, the same type of surface that has freshly fallen snow on it, making at an ideal place to develop car control.
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Then there’s the part of the track that has a slope and simulates road conditions of having sheet ice on the road. Like the limestone surface, this part of the track is used to develop the driver’s skills in controlling his Porsche under sub-standard road conditions. After that is the handling circuit, which consists of a standard tarmac road, only this time, it comes with some steep corners that test the driver’s handling skills while turning into a maze of corners.
All in all, the track offers enough challenges to make even the most professional of drivers sweat. But despite the tasks at hand, the track is the perfect way for a driver to improve not only on his skills, but more importantly, his awareness out on the road where the slightest mistake could lead to the gravest of consequences.