Sunday 1 August 2021

NATRAX - Asia’s longest High Speed Test Track

The new NATRAX facility is Asia's longest high-speed test track. It is located in Pithampur, which is 50km away from Indore. The facility has been developed in around 3,000 acres of land. The National Automotive Test Tracks (NATRAX) facility is the longest in Asia and the fifth-largest in the world. It measures 11.3 km in length with 4 lanes. 

The facility can be used for measurements of maximum speed, acceleration, constant speed fuel consumption, emission tests through real road driving simulation, high-speed handling and stability evaluation during maneuvers such as lane change and high-speed durability testing among others and is a center of excellence for vehicle dynamics. The maximum speed that vehicles can attain at the facility is 375kph.

The location of the facility is accessible to most of the major OEMs and enables OEMs to conduct a wide variety of tests in one track itself. The tests may include coast down tests, brake tests, constant speed fuel consumption test, speedometer calibration, noise, and vibration measurement, and mileage accumulation among others.

The Government of India says at present, foreign OEMs go to high-speed tracks abroad for high-speed test requirements and now will benefit from NATRAX HST for the development of prototype cars for Indian conditions. Automobile manufacturers can also use the facility for product demonstrations and experiences. 

OEMs like Volkswagen, FCA, Peugeot, Renault and Lamborghini have shown interest in using the facility.

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