This week the Carson City Council "enthusiastically approved" a crazy-ass-sounding Porsche Experience Center for the current site of a golf course, former landfill, and apartment building. Work will start on the 53-acre project by the end of the year, according to the Daily Breeze, and wrap up in fall 2013. The PEC will be the second in the US and have "a museum displaying historical vehicles, a business center, driving simulators, a high-end parts and service area, a restaurant and a 'human performance center' designed to train people like race car drivers," the DB reports in an earlier article. Porsche will also move its North American offices from Santa Ana to the Carson site. Porsche will have to clean up the former landfill site, raze the now-closed Dominguez Hills Golf Course, and demolish the vacant Don Dominguez Apartments.
To help rich people feel alive for once, the Porsche Experience Center's "six planned courses include two tracks replicating challenging country roads - one about 2,500 feet long and one twice as long. On another 350-foot-long track, computer-controlled water jets will simulate an icy hill. A low-friction circle will replicate slippery roads, while a 280-foot-long kick plate will simulate the loss of rear wheel traction, and a high-speed track and dynamic area will challenge basic driving skills."
The PEC will sit right next to the Boulevards at South Bay project, which will have enormous amounts of residential, hotel, retail, entertainment, and office space when it opens, possibly in 2014.
· Carson: Council hearing will examine Porsche driving center plans [Daily Breeze]
· Carson Golf Course, Apartments Becoming Porsche Playground [Curbed LA]