The FIA-certified on-road circuit of the Porsche Leipzig Test Track is modelled on famous sections from racetracks around the world: from the first bend, based on the S curve at Suzuka, to the very last curve sequence reminiscent of the Suntory Corner.
Type: left-right combination.
Character: At speeds of well over 200 km/h (124 mph), finding the ideal braking point is crucial. Due to the raised topography and a mid-corner gearshift, care should be taken not to oversteer.
Type: right-hand corner.
Character: A fast corner with high g-forces. Depending on the vehicle, shift up from 2nd to 4th gear under full load before heading into the longest straight on the circuit at around 170 km/h (105 mph).
Type: right-hand turn with slight incline.
Character: The notorious Loews curve includes the fastest and slowest sections of the circuit. On entry, you have to reduce your speed by almost 200 km/h (124 mph) and complete three precise gearshifts.
Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
Type: left-hand corner with almost imperceptible incline.
Character: Brake accurately and reduce speed drastically. Then, enter the turn with precision and, above all, avoid understeer. NB: don’t accelerate too soon – wait for the late apex.
Mobil 1 S
Type: right-left chicane.
Character: The S curve that throws up a host of questions. Too fast or too slow? With curbs or without? 2nd or 3rd gear? Approach from the outside or keep tight at corner entry? If you can answer these, you’ve perfected your driving skills.
Curve di Lesmo
Type: right-hand corner (oval).
Character: The curve that never ends. This extremely long-sweeping turn can be taken quicker than you think due to the almost imperceptible incline on the inside.
Type: left-right-left chicane.
Character: The key to speed is courage – and perfection. Keep as straight as a die, then turn the car and accelerate out of the curbs under full load.
Type: right-left combination.
Character: After braking hard and downshifting, manage the load changes sensitively to exit a curve with a very big radius and go straight into an extremely tight bend.