At last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche announced it would be building a driving school and training facility in Carson, California. Officially named the Porsche Experience Center, Porsche drivers and fans would be able to drive the provided Porsche vehicles and possibly even bring in their own vehicles to the massive, 50+ acre test track and handling course.
Thus, it was inevitable that Porsche would move its motorsports division to the new facility. Porsche Motorsports North America (PMNA) is the automaker’s official arm supporting Porsche owners in their racing endeavors throughout the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1983, PMNA is currently located in Santa Ana, California, where it provides trained staff to sell Porsche race cars, part supply, and maintenance. PMNA will be moved up to the Porsche Experience Center once it’s complete sometime in late 2013, or possibly early 2014. States Detlev von Platen, president and CEO of PCNA, “This (the move) not only makes sound business sense, but is symbolic as well. Aside from offering a modern, purpose built working environment, the motorsport specific operations will provide additional energy and dynamics to a facility that is all about performance both on the vehicle and human side. Thus our new Experience Center will perfectly symbolize the core of the Porsche brand, which has always been a successful blend of a passion for racing and for spirited yet responsible driving on open roads.”