Porsche Motorsport North America is on the move. Porsche’s American motorsport operations will relocate from Santa Ana, Calif. to this 53-acre facility in Carson, Calif. set to become the site of the automaker’s upcoming Experience Center.
Porsche’s new facility, to be dubbed the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles, will likely be a mecca for automotive enthusiasts in Southern California. The Experience Center will have its own test track, and handling course. Porsche says its new handling course will have special surfaces that are capable of replicating rain, ice, and snow, while its off-road area will include 45-degree in- and declines.
The new center isn’t just dedicated to making better drivers, but also to bettering its employees. The new facility will include a Porsche Human Performance Center on its grounds, with a sports science lab using the same techniques Porsche use to get factory racecar drivers into peak physical condition.
Since this is an experience center, Porsche’s new center will have a Porsche Café, a Porsche gift shop loaded with Porsche Design branded products, and fine dining facilities.
The Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles is slated to begin construction this summer and be completed by the fall of next year. The city of Carson anticipates the Experience Center will create about 135 jobs with ongoing operations generating $22.5 million in annual economic activity.
Work on the $86 million project is set to start in December. It’s due to be finished in August 2015. The renovation of UC’s 89-year-old football stadium will lift capacity from 35,097 to 40,000.
The privately funded project includes the addition of suites, scholarship club seats, loge boxes/patio suites and a new press box structure on the west side of the stadium. UC will also renovate the west concourse. On the east side of the stadium, it will build skywalks to connect the upper deck with the game day plaza on O’Varsity Way and expand concessions and restrooms.