Porsche Track Day Tips

Porsche Track Day Tips in Los Angeles, CA

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Now that you’ve made the decision to own a new Porsche, how can you get the best driving experience possible? Track day events are a great option for a driver looking to go past the speed limit, but not wanting to get ticketed for speeding or reckless driving. Any driver who wants to see what their Porsche is really capable of would be wise to take a look at the detailed information the team from Beverly Hills Porsche in Los Angeles has compiled.

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How To Get Prepared to Take Your Porsche to a Track Day

Hopping in your new Porsche and taking it to a racetrack isn’t advisable for even the best drivers. Getting yourself and your Porsche ready to hit the racetrack can be the difference between an enjoyable afternoon and a day of regret. Take a look at our tips and be ready to get your Porsche up to speed at a track event.

Track Day Tip Reason
Buy a helmet A standard motorcycle helmet will do, but you’re probably going to have to wear it for at least 30 minutes, so choose a M2010 or M2015 for most events.
Be Prepared Make sure belts, tires, and fluids are in good shape. You’ll be glad you did once you’re on the track in your Porsche.
Do your research Have an understanding of what the racing line is, when to brake, and where to look before you get on the track.
Stay Realistic While there are naturals who do well their first time out, most experienced drivers are 30 seconds faster or more than they were when they were a novice.
Watch before you get behind the wheel See what other drivers are doing before you start your first lap. This will give you an idea of track conditions and where to brake and accelerate.
Choose an event for less experienced drivers Most events for experienced drivers aren’t as structured as novice events and don’t offer the opportunity for drivers to ask questions. Novice events allow you to gain experience in a more structured and supervised environment.

Best Advice To Get The Most Out of Your Porsche on Race Track

No one wants to end up on a YouTube video with a ruined clutch or a smashed fender after a track day mishap. Avoid being ‘that guy with the wrecked Porsche’ by taking the advice of our experts on what not to do at a track day.

We’ve offered suggestions on how to get ready for a track day, but how can you get the most out of your Porsche during a track day event? The team at Beverly Hills Porsche in Los Angeles has several experienced drivers on staff, and we’ve compiled a list of tips for sports car owners to take advantage of.

  • Keep it smooth. Maintain control and grip with smooth shifting and steering with your Porsche. Experienced drivers rarely jerk the wheel or shift violently. Planning for turns and braking takes practice, but it does make for better lap times.
  • Use the racing line. The line is a route around the track that offers the most direct route. Learn to follow the line, and your times will improve.
  • Prevent oversteer. Has the backend of your Porsche ever slid away from you? That’s oversteer and it can be prevented by learning how to keep all four wheels pointed where you want to go.
  • Learn to brake in a straight line. Straight line braking is another way to combat oversteer and allow for quicker turning.
  • Controlled acceleration in corners. Only use the accelerator on the exit of a corner, not during entry. This strategy allows you to get through corners quicker while still maintaining control.

Where To Find a Track Day Event for Your Porsche

Most race tracks host events for drivers looking to thrash their car around on a weekend, but there are a few in the Los Angeles area that are absolutely worth taking your Porsche to.

  • Laguna Seca in Salinas, CA hosts events for drivers but can also be rented for private use
  • Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA has a racing school that also hosts track day events
  • Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA allows drivers to race their car from 5PM to 10PM for only $20 on most Thursdays
  • Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, CA has limited availability, but rentals and exclusive track day events are offered

Do you want to upgrade your ride before taking on a track day event? Get in touch with the team at our Porsche dealership in Los Angeles through our contact form to learn more about buying a new 911, Boxster, or Panamera Turbo to take on a track day event.