Published on July 2nd, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Nardo Circuit is 40 years old

Yesterday the Nardo circuit centre celebrated its 40th anniversary with a small group of friends and some cake. Founded on 1 July 1975 by Fiat, it’s now owned by Porsche, who acquired the centre in 2012. Apart from its location remoteness, one of the reasons Porsche was so keen to acquire the centre is because it’s possible to test cars at Nardo all year round you don’t get much frost in southern Italy.

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Nardo’s not just about the infamous high-speed bowl, of course. It also crams a further 20 test circuits into its 700 hectares, including a 3.8-mile layout replicating choice corners from the Nurburgring Nordschleife, and many less enthralling stretches dedicated to tedious durability testing. Incidentally, experts calculate around 3% of a car’s top speed is lost in tyre scrub on the Nardo banking. More recent production car speed records have been set on the flat, at the likes of VW’s Ehra-Lessien proving ground.

Nardo’s set to continue to grow, as Porsche plans ‘extensive expansion and modernisation plans to meet the development requirements of the future’ so here is to another 40 years of top-secret top speed.

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