The Toronto area will be the first Canadian site for a Porsche Experience Centre (PEC), a facility in which drivers can test the high-end German-made sports vehicles and develop their driving skills, Porsche Cars Canada Ltd. announced today.
The centre will open in 2024 on a 20-acre site at the Durham Live development in Pickering, Ont., about 40 kilometres northeast of Toronto, the company said in a news release. The Durham Live complex has a casino, and plans to add a concert venue, 37,000 square metres of retail space, and a 300-room luxury hotel.
“Canadians will no longer have to leave the country in order to visit a Porsche Experience Centre,” Marc Ouayoun, CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd., said in a statement.
There are currently nine PECs worldwide, including in such cities as Atlanta, Ga., Los Angeles, Shanghai, Hockenheimring, Germany, Franciacorta, Italy, and Tokyo.
The Toronto-area facility will have a driving circuit more than two kilometres in length, designed by Germany-based Tilke Engineering, which specializes in racetrack and test facilities. Drivers are not required to own a Porsche to use the centre, the company said.