So here’s a little story we didn’t expect to stumble upon today: apparently Porsche has bought Italy’s famed test track, Nardo. Neither Porsche nor the track’s former owner, Italy’s Prototipo SpA, will say how much the deal went down for, but we’re guessing it was no more than one month’s worth of global Cayenne profits.
The Nardo Ring, best known for being the largest circle on Earth (it’s visible from space), is also well-known for being the site of more high-speed vehicle tests than we have time to list here. Nardo’s ring is banked to such a degree that, on the track’s outer lane, cars can travel 150 miles per hour without turning the wheel, which—combined with its private ownership and the region’s nice weather—makes it one of the safest places on earth to read the newspaper while bombing along at a buck-fifty.
Or, you know, you could use it to perform high-speed testing whenever you want. Presumably, that’s what Porsche will be doing with it—that, and loan it out to their co-members of the VW Group. We’re guessing Lamborghini will want to spend as much time there as they can. [via CAR]