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.

What health measures are being taken to ensure a clean, safe experience for drivers?
Car sanitization, public area cleaning, separated driver briefing and lunch, one participant per car per day.

I booked a Porsche Experience, is it still taking place?
Programs booked through June 2020 have been suspended. We have notified all affected customers and offered to reschedule their experience at no cost, or to provide a full refund. We are continuing to monitor information from Health Canada and Federal and Provincial governments and will adapt the programs if necessary.

Will I be sharing a car during my experience?
In order to social distance our guests, cars will not be shared between drivers. All participants will be driving their own car for the duration of their program and will not switch with other participants.

Is there an age requirement to participate in Porsche Experience?
All participants must be at least 21-years old and possess a full and current valid driver's license to participate.

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.

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

What is your cancellation policy?
We offer each participant one complimentary reschedule up to seven days prior to the customer’s experience date. Experiences may be cancelled up to 30 days prior to the customer’s experience date, however cancellation fees apply.  Please see below for the cancellation schedule: 

If a request is made to cancel participation in the event, the following non-refundable portion of the Event costs will be forfeited.

Date Canceled
Greater than 91 days prior to Event   0%
61-90 days prior to Event                  10%
31-60 days prior to Event                  25%
16-30 days prior to Event                  50%
0-15 days prior to Event                   100%


What is my damage liability?
Each participant has a liability of $5,000/per occurrence for damage to property and/or vehicles.

Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes. We offer monetary gift vouchers, which can be applied towards any Porsche Experience. All gift certificates are payable in full and are non-refundable. Please note, purchasing a gift voucher does NOT confirm your registration for an event. All gift certificates are non-refundable, transferable and do not expire.

Do you have to be a Porsche Owner to participate in a Porsche Experience?
No, anyone who is at least 21 years old with a current, valid Driver's License can register for Porsche Experience.
Guests under 21 years of age may ride along as a passenger. Some fees and restrictions may apply.


Are mounted cameras allowed inside or outside the vehicles?
Porsche does not allow any type of customer owned recording device to be used on the inside or outside of our vehicles during driving experiences. This includes, but is not limited to, cameras, GoPros®, etc.

Do you have to know how to drive manual to participate in a Porsche Experience? Do you have manual transmission vehicles? 
All Porsche Experience vehicles will be equipped with a PDK (automatic) transmission. We do not currently offer programs with manual transmission vehicles.

Should I be worried about motion sickness?
You will be experiencing G-Forces during your program, and some of our modules do induce spin on your vehicle. If you are prone to motion sickness we recommend taking medication one hour prior to your Experience.

Do you offer corporate/group experiences?
A Porsche Experience event for your clients or employees is an exciting and highly memorable choice for corporate entertainment / rewards. Porsche Track Experience programs take place from May through October. Porsche Ice Experience takes place in February. The programs can be customized based on your individual group needs. Please contact PorscheExperience@Porsche.ca for more information about group experiences.

Whom do I contact for media inquiries?
Please direct any media inquiries to publicrelations@porsche.ca.

What taxes are charged on the Porsche Experience programs?
Taxes are based on the location of the event and vary from Province to Province.

Porsche Track Experience

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)

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.

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

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?
This varies based on the program, but participants are normally placed in a group of 8 people.

Can I bring a guest?
Participants are welcome to bring non-driving guests at no additional charge. All guests must be pre-registered.

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.

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?
Since the temperatures in this part of Quebec can be between -2°C and  -13°C on average, we recommend bringing appropriate cold weather clothing. Temperatures can reach –20C or below and participants will be outside for up to 15 minutes at a time. In addition, we suggest bringing the following items; sunglasses, lip balm, sunscreen, hand cream and comfortable, warm shoes with a hard sole and grip, which are suitable for driving (no open toe or high heel shoes for driving). We also recommend wearing several layers of clothing since this will allow for better air circulation and insulation. The dress code for dinner is smart casual.

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.
 

Porsche Travel Experience Nova Scotia

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

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

What are some of the highlights or landmarks I’ll visit during Travel Experience?
Participants will experience the legendary Cabot Trail driving route on a 4 day journey through Nova Scotia.

How many participants will be with me during the trip?
Up to 20 participants can participate in the Travel Experience.

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.

Are travel and accommodations included?
All accommodations and meals are included during your Porsche Travel Experience program. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the event location.

Which airport is most convenient to Porsche Travel Experience Nova Scotia?
If you are travelling by air, we recommend that you fly to Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ). 
Air Canada has provided Porsche Travel Experience with a special booking code should you choose to fly with Air Canada.  After booking your seat, go to AirCanada.com and enter in your respective booking code for your wave in the Promo Code section of your booking page.


What should I wear?
Since the temperatures in Nova Scotia can be between 10 - 30°C, we recommend bringing along appropriate clothing. In addition, we suggest bringing the following items: sunglasses, rainwear, lip balm, sunscreen and comfortable, warm shoes with a hard sole, which are suitable for driving (no open toe or high heel shoes for driving).
We recommend wearing several layers of clothing since this will allow for better air circulation and insulation. The dress code for dinner is smart casual.


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

Will my 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.

Can I bring a guest?
Since there are two drivers per car and due to the traveling nature of Travel Experience, all participants must be fully registered, regardless of the amount of driving they choose to do.


 

Porsche Ice Experience

Where does Porsche Ice Experience take place?
Porsche Ice Experience takes place at Estérel Resort and Mecaglisse driving facility in Quebec, Canada, approximately 70 minutes/92 km (57miles) from Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL). 

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

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

What kind of modules do you have, can you explain them?
The circuit at Mecaglisse features six independent standard track layouts:
1. Ice track (2.5 km) Dynamic Area, Handling & Lapping Sections
2. Ice track (0.4 km) Dynamic Area, Handling & Lapping Sections
3. Skid circles of 60 m and 80 m diameter. Oversteer / Understeer Skid Recovery / Precision Drifting
4. Ice track (1.0 km) Dynamic Area, Handling & Lapping Sections
5. Snow track (2.5 km) Forest Track for Ice Force Program Offering
6. Skid circle of 120 m diameter. Oversteer / Understeer Skid Recovery / Precision Drifting

Dynamics Area(s): Test the speed, agility and lane-change performance on a large ice 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.


How long is the track?
Mecaglisse features 15 kilometres of track spread across a 700 acres footprint. The facility includes many different driving modules including skid circles and closed tracks.

How many participants will be part of my program?
TBD

Are travel and accommodations included?
All accommodations and meals are included during Porsche Ice Experience. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the event location.

Which airport is most convenient to Porsche Ice Experience?
If you are travelling by air, we recommend that you fly to Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL). From there, the drive to the Estérel Resort is approximately 70 minutes/92 km (57 miles). Ground transportation is at your expense and not included in the program fees.
Air Canada has provided Porsche Ice Experience with a special booking code should you choose to fly with Air Canada. After booking your seat, go to AirCanada.com and enter in your respective booking code for your wave in the Promo Code section of your booking page.


What should I wear?
Since the temperatures in this part of Quebec can be between -2 and  -13°C, we recommend bringing along appropriate clothing. Temperatures can reach –20C and participants will be outside for up to 15 minutes at a time. In addition, we suggest bringing the following items; sunglasses, lip balm, sunscreen/hand cream and comfortable, warm shoes with a hard sole and grip, which are suitable for driving (no open toe or high heel shoes for driving).
We recommend wearing several layers of clothing since this will allow for better air circulation and insulation. The dress code for dinner is smart casual.


Can I bring my own car?
We provide the vehicles for Porsche Ice Experience. 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.

Can I bring a guest?
We allow for non-driving participants to join you at Ice Experience. The cost is $595+tax and includes accommodations, breakfast and dinners. Non-driving participants are at their leisure for the driving days and are not permitted to attend at the track.  Estérel Resort offers many outdoor activities and has a full service spa.