Broad-ranging information on frequently asked questions regarding training at the Porsche Sport Driving School is available here.
Please select the category on which you would like further information. Please also feel free to contact us personally on +49 (0)711 911 - 23364.
Questions on the contents of the training courses
What training levels are on offer and how do they build on each other?
The training programme of the Porsche Sport Driving School breaks down into the training levels Warm-up and Precision (introductory training courses) and, building on these basic courses, Performance and Master (licensed training course of DMSB e.V.). It should be noted that participation in the Precision training course is a prerequisite for admission to the Performance course and that the Performance course must be completed before taking the Master training course. The scope of training on offer is rounded off by various “specials”, such as the Classic Cars and Women Only training as well as the Track Day.
What is the difference between the Warm-up and the Precision training?
On the Warm-up training course (one-day course), participants learn the basics of driving safety and how to control their vehicle. It is to be noted that the Warm-up course consists purely of section training, without free driving. The Precision training (two-day course) covers the contents of the Warm-up course on the first day, while the second day includes guided and free driving.
What options are available for people wishing to begin training?
Persons wishing to participate in training at the Porsche Sport Driving School for the first time can begin with the one-day Warm-up course or the two-day Precision course. It is to be noted in this connection that the Warm-up course is not a prerequisite for participation in the next-highest training levels. The Precision course is a prerequisite for subsequent admission to the Performance course, however. Persons with previous training experience can complete the Telemetric or g-Force Specials to qualify for the Master course.
Is it possible to gain direct admission to the Performance or Master training levels?
Drivers who have already attended various training measures at other establishments, thereby acquiring a basic knowledge of correct vehicle handling, can gain direct admission to the higher training levels. To this end, the Porsche Sport Driving School requires records of the attended training courses, with an official list of the items covered in this training. If the contents of the completed training courses correspond to the learning objectives and standards of the Porsche Sport Driving School, the participant concerned can gain direct admission to the Performance training level, following consultation with the project directors. Direct admission to the Master training course is possible in exceptional cases only.
Are there any age restrictions on eligibility for the training?
Participants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driving licence.
Questions on hire cars and private vehicles
Can I take part in my own Porsche?
Yes, as this is what you drive normally on public roads, we recommend using it for maximum learning success.
Can I take part in Porsche training in another make of vehicle?
Yes, no problem.
Can I hire a Porsche vehicle for the training?
Yes, no problem. You will find the available Porsche hire vehicles together with the current prices here.
Are the costs for hire cars already included in the training fee?
No, the stated training prices cover participation in the driver training in your own vehicle. When a vehicle is hired for the training (subject to availability), this entails costs in addition to the stated fee. Details of these costs are to be found here .
Are there any age restrictions on hiring a Porsche?
Yes. The same age restriction applies here as to participation in the training: Participants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driving licence.
Can hire cars be swapped during the training?
No. As the signed loan contract applies in each case to the hired vehicle only, participants cannot change the hire cars from Porsche AG.
What insurance coverage is provided for Porsche hire cars?
The vehicles are provided with automobile liability, 3rd party and fully comprehensive insurance.
How high is the retention?
The fully comprehensive and 3rd party insurance is subject to retention to a maximum of € 5,000 per claim. The retention for the Performance and Master training levels stands at a maximum of € 10,000 per claim.
When hiring turbocharged vehicles, the damage excess is EUR 10,000 irrespective of the training level.
Will my insurance bear the repair costs for my private vehicle in the case of damage?
The entry conditions of the Porsche Sport Driving School expressly point out that the training courses are “not aimed at attaining tops speeds”, that they are “driving safety courses” and do not have the character of racing events. These represent key criteria to secure coverage from insurance companies for participation in driving safety training courses. We recommend all participants to obtain verification from their insurance companies beforehand as to whether their participation in the training is insured – particularly when taking part in advanced training levels.
Is it possible to take out supplementary insurance for participation in the training with my private vehicle through Porsche AG?
No. No supplementary insurance is available from Porsche AG.
Questions on registration
How can I register for a training course?
In order to register for a driver training course, the prospective participant must complete a registration form (to be found here under the corresponding date). This form must then be signed and sent to the stated fax number, posted to the Porsche Sport Driving School or scanned and sent by e-mail. The prospective participant receives confirmation within 10 days of submitting the registration.
Is it also possible to register online?
No. For legal reasons, online registration is unfortunately no longer possible at present. Prospective participants can complete the registration form on the website, however. The completed form must then be printed out, however, and forwarded to the Porsche Sport Driving School in the above-described manner for processing.
As of when is it possible to register for training courses in the following season?
New training dates for the Porsche running-in and test track in Leipzig and the dates for the LuK Driving Centre in Baden-Baden can be viewed on the website from October, that is, from the end of the current season. It is then possible to register for these dates.
When are the race track dates set?
The Porsche Sport Driving School training dates at the familiar race tracks such as Hockenheimring, Nürburgring, etc., are not known until roughly February in the season concerned (following finalisation of the motor sports calendar for the respective race tracks), when they can subsequently be viewed on the website. Registered customers are forwarded the dates by post directly after finalisation. Registration is possible from this point in time.
By when should prospective participants register for a training course?
After deciding on a training date, it is recommendable to register straight away. Confirmation of places on training courses is provided according to the time of receipt of the corresponding registrations. While a telephone inquiry may reveal that places are still be available on one day, for example, these may have been allocated on the following day in response to written or faxed registrations. Certain training courses are fully booked months in advance. It is thus advisable to register as soon as possible after the dates are published on the internet.
Why hasn’t my registration been confirmed yet?
Due to the large number of inquiries and registrations received every day, the written confirmation process may take a little time. Participants generally receive written confirmation of participation within no later than 10 days of receipt of their registration, however. Participants are welcome to inquire beforehand by email or telephone (+49 (0)711 911 - 23364) whether their registration has been received and is being processed and/or whether they are eligible to participate in the training course concerned.
How come it may no longer be possible to register for a course, although the date was still available for booking on the internet?
A training course is fully booked on receipt of the last possible registration. The status is not updated to “fully booked” simultaneously on the internet, however, but after a slight delay. Unfortunately, this means that it may not be possible to consider a registration received during this interval. Participants can only be assured of their admission to the training on receipt of the confirmation of participation.
What cancellation terms apply at the Porsche Sport Driving School?
The cancellation terms are to be found in our entry conditions.
When must I transfer the training fee?
After conclusion of the contract, a deposit of 25 % of the total price becomes due when the confirmation / invoice is issued. The balance must be paid 30 days before the date of the training.
How can I pay the training fee?
Payments to the account of the Porsche Sport Driving School may be made in euros only. In the case of payment by direct debit, the Organiser shall need details of the bank account and the address of the participant or, where appropriate, the address to which the training documents should be sent as well as written authorisation to charge the bank account. The participant may also pay the training fees by credit card. In this case, the details of the credit card shall be requested separately when booking. The Organiser will also need the address of the participant or, where appropriate, the address of the person who will be receiving the documents, as well as authorisation to charge the bank account via the credit card. Please note that the special benefits offered by the TUI Card/TUI Card Gold do not apply when making bookings with the Porsche Sport Driving School.
When will I receive the final information on the training course?
The final training information is posted to participants no later than 10 days prior to the training. Participants should notify us before the event of any discrepancies in the reservation.
Questions on vouchers
Can I obtain gift vouchers for training courses?
Gift vouchers are available for the training courses of the Porsche Sport Driving School. To this end, the voucher order form must be completed and faxed or posted to the Porsche Sport Driving School for processing. The ordering party will receive an invoice after a processing period of around 3 - 5 working days. The voucher is forwarded to the ordering party after receipt of payment (please include the invoice number when making the transfer) and only then does it become valid.
Can I obtain a gift voucher at short notice?
Processing of the voucher can be speeded up if the person placing the order sends the Porsche Sport Driving School a payment receipt (e.g. screenshot of the online transfer) following receipt of the invoice. It is to be noted in this connection that the Porsche Sport Driving School has no control over how long it takes for the postal services to deliver the voucher.
To whom is the voucher sent?
As a general rule the voucher is sent to the ordering party. On request, the voucher can also be sent directly to a different person.
In what form is the voucher sent?
The voucher is printed in A4 format and placed in a decorative folder. Porsche AG is always indicated as the sender.
Do I have to decide on a specific training date when ordering a voucher?
Vouchers will only be issued for the specific training level, not for a defined training date. If you would like a specific date, you can complete a registration form for the voucher recipient there and then. The person donating the voucher then receives a so-called voucher certificate for presentation.
Is the recipient registered for the training directly upon the order being placed for a voucher?
The voucher holder is only registered for a training course after completing the enclosed registration form and sending the form to the Porsche Sport Driving School. Successful registration is contingent on places being available for the desired training date.
How long is the voucher valid?The voucher is redeemable for 3 years for the trainings of Porsche Sport Driving School.
As a general rule the voucher is sent to the ordering party. On request, the voucher can also be sent directly to a different person.
How long is the voucher valid?
The voucher is redeemable for 3 years for the trainings of Porsche Sport Driving School.
Questions on organisational aspects of training
What formalities are to be carried out at the start of training at the training venue? On the morning of the training day, participants are requested to register at the Porsche desks. In the course of registration, name tags and information on the training are handed out and a waiver of liability is signed. Participants driving their own car are merely required to sign a waiver of liability, while participants using a Porsche hire car additionally sign a vehicle hire contract. Participation in the driver training is not possible without signing the stated forms.
In what languages are the training courses carried out?
The instructions can be provided in English as well as German. Please inquire whether any other foreign languages are available. For safety reasons, it is not possible for drivers to participate in our courses without the necessary knowledge of the employed languages.
How large is a group of participants?
Depending on the size of the circuit or track concerned, the group size within a training course is limited to a maximum of 12 drivers, in order to ensure the most effective learning conditions possible.
Can I be allocated to a group together with a friend or acquaintance?
The Porsche Sport Driving School is pleased to consider individual wishes regarding allocations to groups, wherever possible. Such wishes must be stated prior to the training, however, using the registration form, for example. There is only limited scope for changes directly at the training venue.
Are the training courses carried out in bad weather conditions, too?
In adverse weather conditions, such as rain, the driving safety courses of the Porsche Sport Driving School are nevertheless carried out and adapted to the altered conditions. In order to ensure maximum safety for all participants, the Porsche Sport Driving School reserves the right to abandon training courses due to storms or severe weather conditions, for example.
What type of clothing should I wear for the training?
Participants should choose their clothing according to the weather conditions which are to be expected at the time of the training course. During the training, the Porsche Sport Driving School recommends comfortable clothing and closed, comfortable footwear (no high-heeled shoes or flip-flops). For training in the summer, headgear and sun cream should not be forgotten.
Does airtours – a TUI Deutschland GmbH brand provide helmets and racing suits for the training?
Racing suits are not provided as they are not required for the driving safety training courses of the Porsche Sport Driving School. It is compulsory to wear a helmet during free-range driving. Participants are welcome to bring their own helmets; airtours provides a limited number of helmets on payment of a deposit.
Questions on instructors / personal instructor
What experience are the instructors of the Porsche Sport Driving School able to draw on?
The Porsche Sport Driving School’s team of instructors comprises experienced employees of Porsche AG and professionals from the field of motor sports. This ensures competent instruction for the participants with regard to the Porsche brand and the training components.
Can I book a personal trainer for the training?
On request, a personal trainer can be booked for all courses offered by the Porsche Sport Driving School, subject to availability (not applicable to trainings on the Nürburgring North Loop).
What is the “Data Recording” service?
Data recording is available on request and depending on availability for training courses at the Porsche Sport Driving School. For even greater learning effect and a more intensive training experience. Can be reserved for all training events in Leipzig (only when a personal instructor is reserved). Further information can be found here.
Questions on accommodation
Does the training fee include accommodation costs?
Hotel costs are only included in a package price for special events. We will be happy to recommend a hotel for the normal training events. Clients can make their own room reservations in our partner hotels at the Porsche rate. Payment is made when checking out of the hotel. Participants are, of course, free to book their own accommodation.
What is understood by the term “accompanying person”?
An accompanying person “accompanies” the active participant in his or her training with the Porsche Sport Driving School. An accompanying person can attend the theoretical briefing and accompany the participant in the passenger seat during the section training (exception: free driving - here it is possible for the accompanying person to sit in the instructor’s vehicle on request). An accompanying person does not participate actively in driving activities, but enjoys the same catering arrangements as the active participant.
Can children participate at a training as accompanying person?
Children are allowed to participate at a training as an accompanying person in the car of the participant at a Warm-up or Precision Training if they are 12 years and older.
Due to safety reasons, a supervisor for that children needs to be present during the free lapping session.
The supervision by an employee of the Porsche Sport Driving School is not possible. Both parents need to sign an exclusion of liability. The minimum age for the training levels Performance and Master is 18 years.