If you are a Porsche enthusiast you will know that Porsche build their cars in Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, which is also home to the Porsche Museum. Stuttgart is the true home of the Porsche brand now but the race cars and motorsport derived road cars are not developed there - to see them you will need to travel around 25km west to a small town called Flacht.
People often refer to the Porsche Motorsport Development Centre as being based in Weissach, and they are correct - but this is the region (Gemeinden) that they are based. The nearest place is the very small town of Flacht. We can only assume that Porsche have decided to build tourism in this small town as they have announced to the world that the new GT3 road car is 'Born In Flacht' - thus putting it on the map for all Porsche fans. In fact, they've even done a small film that announces that Flacht have high-speed-pretzels (see below)... Lamborghini once did a similar marketing campaign for the sleepy Italian town of Sant'Agata.
So, there we have it - Flacht is in the municipality of Weissach; which is within the District of Böblingen; which is part of the State of Baden-Württemberg. Clear?! The GT road cars are developed in the Development Centre Weissach; and the race cars are born in the Motorsport Centre Flacht. You will often see a 'MADE IN FLACHT' decal near the rear left light of the Porsche Motorsport cars - a discreet acknowledgement to where these cars come from.
The town may be small, but the Porsche facility isn't. The vehicles are developed completely from scratch in over 12,000 square metres of well-lit construction halls. From the initial sketch to the final lap on the dedicated test track. And everything is close at hand: the LMP1 headquarters, for example, combine all the development departments under one roof. The workshop assists with design and development. The wind tunnel and test rigs simulate performance under real-life conditions. The specially developed high-voltage equipment is used to test and perfectly calibrate the latest hybrid technology. Another important component is the driving simulator, where technical changes are simulated and immediately tested by the works drivers. There is even a separate area for pit stop training, where teams practice for the real thing and the battle for every hundredth of a second.
This is why Flacht is the cradle of Porsche motorsport. The birthplace of every Porsche race car. The source of new technologies. And all with a single objective: to create the sports car of the future. #MadeInFlacht #Weissach #Porsche