ATLANTA, August 26, 2016 — “It’s pronounced ‘POOR-sha’ not ‘POORSH’ as many people often pronounce it.” Our tour guide made sure to begin his presentation with this key fact as our small group assembled near the demo car on display at the Porsche Driving Experience Center, located near Atlanta’s Hatfield-Jackson International Airport. Though his advice sounded snooty, it was meant to be educational, arming you with the confidencepre, precision and social poise associated with every aspect of these costly, high-powered and sophisticated sports machines, right down to the correct pronunciation of this renowned German brand.
The Outdoor Track
Built in 2015, Porsche’s outdoor driving track is 1.6 miles in length and allows drivers to get up to speeds of 100+ MPH. Although most experiences allow you to be a driver, others require you to be driven by a professional driver. A much abbreviated tour (as in 2 laps around the Porsche track) with a professional driver got our hearts racing and our adrenaline pumping, even though the thrilling experience was over in the proverbial blink of an eye.
If you’re visiting the Center with friends, they can keep a watchful eye on you or film you from the observation deck above.
The Porsche Museum
Are you a history buff? Then you’ll enjoy the Porsche museum, which features numerous Porsche cars going back decades in time. The collection even includes race cars signed by famous owners. This museum even includes the first Porsche ever to be sold in the United States, the 356A, built in 1956.
Even if you don’t drive a Porsche, there is still plenty to do and see here. One way to get your heart pumping without getting on the actual track is by availing yourself of the Center’s virtual track. You have the options of racing with other drivers in 30, 60 or 90-minute sessions. Prices start at $35. Make sure to don your best socks as you’ll have to take your shoes off for this experience.
The Porsche Driving Experience Center is a great gift for that guy in your life whether he’s a current Porsche owner or enthusiast or has always dreamed of owning a Porsche. The Center’s track allows you (or your professional driver) to attain speeds and execute stunts that simply cannot be done on the open road.
Better yet, if you’ve worked up an appetite during your Porsche adventure, the Center also boasts it own on-site restaurant if you want to make a full event of it. However, although there are not many competing restaurants in the immediate area, it might also be worth venturing out, as you can find more varied dining experiences within a short Uber ride.
Porsche driving experiences are available Tuesdays through Saturdays at the Center with some holiday Sundays on the yearly schedule as well. Note that you must be at least 21 to drive the cars. The cost? Prices start at $300 for 90-minute sessions and increase from there.