Disclosure: I received a complimentary Porsche Experience. However, all opinions are my own.
Hey, Sassy Peeps!
I have been a fan of Porsche as far back as I can remember. However, after experiencing the 1.6-mile track and doing a bit of off roading at the Porsche Experience Center on 1 Porsche Drive in Atlanta, GA I have a new respect for the brand. 🚘🚘🚘🏁🏁
I spent the entire day there and all the while I kept thinking that this would be the perfect gift idea for the ultimate car lover! It’s kinda obvious why I felt this way but there are few additional insanely cool reasons that may not be so obvious…
Keep reading to see what I mean!
1. Avengers Headquarters
I shared in this experience with several of my A Girls Guide to Cars colleagues who are Marvel buffs. So needless to say they were, well we were, extremely excited about sending the day not only driving performance cars but also hanging out at The Avengers Headquarters.
I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to be standing on the same stairs that were featured in Captain America, Civil War.
2. Restaurant 356
Once you arrive at 1 Porsche Drive, you probably won’t want to leave unless you absolutely have to, so why not make a reservation at Restaurant 356 (named after the first model). The fabulous restaurant serves contemporary American food and is located on the second floor of the Porsche Experience Center. It has a relaxed yet elegant ambiance and some seriously delicious food.
While there I had the pleasure of having the Spinach Salad dressed in a bright citrus vinaigrette, topped with shaved cheese and sliced almonds and a beautifully plated chicken entree. I am drooling just thinking about the delicious meal.
Note: If you will only be having lunch/dinner etc. etc., please be prepared to show a photo id at the Porsche entry gate along with your reservation name.
Lunch: Monday – Saturday; 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: Thursday – Saturday; 5:30pm – 8:30pm
3. Simulation Test
The Simulator Lab is a great way to improve your driving and racing skills.
OK, I will be the first to pat myself on the back for my driving skills, but I totally bombed this Porsche simulation test! I think I was the last or second to last of all the ladies! I am so happy I took it before I got on the track because I did much better out there! 🤣🤣🤣🤣!
Note: It is a great opportunity for drivers of all ages to participate in the Porsche driving experience.
4. On Road Experience
While participating in the slalom and launch control driving courses, I had a chance to test out the capabilities of some of their coolest performance cars, like the Porsche Cayman GTS and the 911 Carrera S.
Although I loved all of the exercises. The Launch Control course was my fave. It allowed me to achieve maximum acceleration from a standstill…
I am still amazed that after attending my fair share of drag races I had no idea how the drivers would rev the engine, made the tears screech and burn rubber before taking off to win a race. Well, now I DO… Foot on the brake and acceleration at the same time, when ready, let go of the brake and off you go!
What to expect during track time:
- Maximum Time Behind the Wheel
- We’ll get you behind the wheel quickly.
- Personalized Driving Coach
- You’ll get one-on-one instruction for the entire experience
- In-depth Instruction
- Their world-class instructors will teach you the “why” of how the vehicle responds.
Note: Drivers must be 21 years or older to participate with a valid, state-issued driver’s license.
5. Off Road Course
One part of this entire experience that took me by surprise was the off roading portion.
I have visited a track or two in my day, but none included an intense yet eye-opening experience such as this. I say that because previous to participating in this course, I always looked at the Porsche brand as beautiful and very luxe ONLY. Definitely not built for any type of off roading. WELL, was I wrong! After doing a bit of off-roading in the Cayenne I have a new respect for the brand!!! Click on the link below to see what I mean!
Note: You will not be behind the wheel during this course.
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Overview of On and Off Road Experiences
- Off Road: The off-road experience is designed to test your handling skills with off-road engineering tests and safety technology.
- Low Friction Handling: performed on a concrete surface, and designed to test your skills in understeer conditions.
- One Mile Handling: Navigation around curves similar to winding county roads.
- Dynamics Area: This tests the speed, agility, and lane changing of Porsche.
- Kick Plate (one of two in the United States): This course is designed to force the driver to react quickly while skidding or spinning.
- Wet, Low Friction Circle: Drift in a Porsche, while testing out over-steer capabilities on a wet polished concrete surface
6. Heritage Gallery and the Manufacturer Center
The ladies and I were invited to take a guided tour of Porsche’s Heritage Gallery. The gallery consists of two levels of ever-changing experiences and vehicle displays. It was pretty exciting to see the evolution of the cars and to learn the brand’s history.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 9am – 6pm
Now, do you see what I mean?!?!??? It is definitely the perfect gift idea for the ultimate car lover especially with the holiday’s right around the corner!!! So if you are ever in the ATL area lookup Porsche Experience Center for a really fast, informative and fun time! For more information including pricing click => HERE
Note: They have locations in LA and Birmingham as well.
Have you participated in the Porsche Experience Center? If so, what did you learn/love? Inquiring minds would love to know.
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