2020 Update: Porsche Experience Schedule Changes

The safety and wellbeing of anyone attending or working at Porsche Experience is our first priority. Following advice from Health Canada and Federal and Provincial governments, we are suspending all Porsche Experience programs through June 2020. Guests that have a booking scheduled within this timeframe will be contacted and offered to either reschedule their experience or, if no convenient date can be found, to offer a refund. We intend to return to providing memorable experiences as soon as it is safe to do so, with an increased focus on health measures. In the meantime, we will keep our customers fully updated as we work towards finalizing program information in 2020. We’re here to help - please feel free to contact our team with any questions or concerns at PorscheExperience@Porsche.ca.

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Where is Porsche Track Experience located?
The Porsche Track Experience is located at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. (3233 Concession Road #10 Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K6). The Driver Development Track (DDT) used for Warm-Up, Precision and Performance levels, is located at the Motomaster entrance. The Grand Prix track used during the second day of Performance level and Master level, is accessed through the main gate (Mastercraft entrance).

What cars will I drive at Porsche Track Experience?
Porsche Experience uses current Porsche models. Vehicles are listed on each program page and are subject to change based on availability.

Do I need a driver’s license to participate?
Yes, all driving participants need a valid driver’s license to participate. Driving licenses from Canada, the USA, EU and international driving licenses (in English) in conjunction with a national driving license are accepted.

Is there an age requirement to participate in Porsche Track Experience?
Yes, all driving participants must be 21 years of age or older.

Can I skip the lower levels and go straight to Master level?
Unfortunately not. The Porsche Experience programs have a pre-requisite system to ensure that all participants are able to familiarize themselves with the driving skills and techniques before more advance activities are introduced. Fortunately the Porsche Experience programs are globally recognized, so if you have participated in a Porsche Experience program in another region, that applies to the Canadian Porsche Experience program requirements. If you believe your experience level is beyond the introductory courses, please reach out to us and provide your driver training/racing experience.


What kind of modules do you have, can you explain them?
Dynamics Area(s): Test the speed, agility and lane-change performance on a large asphalt pad designed to simulate unique maneuvers you may encounter during your daily driving.  This includes, but not limited to Autocross Training, Slalom Course,  ABS/Threshold/LF braking, lane change & accident avoidance. 
 
Handling Circuit: Here, a driver will learn the finer points of choosing the correct paths when negotiating the curves and proper application of braking technique
 
Skid Pad Area: Experience and "unsteady state" at the low-friction circle with its EZ drift (low friction tires) set up for understanding and executing skid recovery.
 
Off Road Circuit: Featuring a 1:1 slope, creek bed, and a 45-degree vertical descent challenge to demonstrate the expansive capabilities of a Cayenne SUV’s off-road engineering and safety technology.

Launch Control: Experience the technological ability of the Porsche sports car, and understand why with Porsche Intelligent Performance gives the most efficient high performance sports cars on the planet.

How long is the track?
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has two tracks that are used for Porsche Track Experience. The Grand Prix track, used for Performance and Masters programs, is 3.957km. The Driver Development Track, used for Warm-up and Precision programs, is 2.88km with multiple dynamic exercise paddock areas.

How many participants per class?
TBD – have not finalized class sizes for post-COVID-19

Can I bring a guest?
Unfortunately due to COVID-19, non-driving guests are not allowed in the clubhouse or trackside due to safety protocols.

I have never been on a racetrack before, is this too advanced for me?
Not at all! We have an excellent team of instructors that are adept at working with all skill levels. We start with the basics and go from there. Our classes are designed so that participants can go at their own pace. No one has to do anything they feel uncomfortable with.

Are travel and accommodations included?
Although our tuition does not include lodging accommodations, we can offer several options for accommodations in the local area. More information will be shared upon registering.

Which airport is most convenient to Porsche Track Experience?
If you are travelling by air, we recommend that you fly to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). From there, the drive to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is approximately 65 minutes/98 km (61 miles).
Air Canada has provided Porsche Track Experience with a special booking code should you choose to fly with Air Canada.  After booking your driving session, go to AirCanada.com and enter in your respective booking code for your wave in the Promo Code section of your booking page.

Do you provide helmets and racing suits? 
We do provide helmets for the course, but participants are welcome to bring their own if it is rated Snell 2015 or higher. We do not require racing suits, therefore we do not provide them.

What should I wear?
Comfortable, seasonal attire is recommended. Shorts are allowed. We also recommend you wear soft-soled shoes, such as driving or tennis shoes. No open-toe shoes or heels are permitted.

Can I bring my own car?
We provide the vehicles for the Porsche Experiences. You are welcome to bring your own, but it will have to stay in the parking lot.

Will my Driving Experience be cancelled due to weather?
In the case of inclement weather preventing the driving program from running safely, the driving program will be adapted as needed and resume when safe to do so.

How much time is spent in the classroom vs track time?
We believe the best way to learn is from behind the wheel. Each participant will spend less than one hour in a classroom style driving briefing in order to effectively communicate important information relating to safety and driving theory. Depending on the program course offering, the remainder of the day is spent alternating between exercises; actual driving time can be between 4.5 to  6 hours per day.