Asia’s longest high-speed track in Indore: All you need to know

  • Natraxt testing track is the fifth longest vehicle testing track in the world.
  • The track is 11.3 km long and 16 metres wide with four lanes.
The testing track is situated in Pithampur near Indore. (Image: Natrax)
The testing track is situated in Pithampur near Indore. (Image: Natrax)

Indian has got its longest high-speed track, inaugurated by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. This high-speed track in Pithampur near Indore is spread over 1,000 acres and has been developed by National Automotive Test Tracks (Natrax).

This high-speed testing track is something that could help the Indian automobile industry to develop vehicles with more efficiency. It could be a major boon to the Indian auto industry, as it will help the industry stakeholders to test a wide range of vehicle tests in the country itself.

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Here are some key facts about the Natrax test track.

The longest track in Asia

The Natrax is the longest such testing track in India and the fifth-longest in the world. It is 11.3 km in length and 16 metres in width. This high-speed testing track is oval-shaped and comes with four lanes.

High-speed capability

The testing track has been designed for neutral speeds of 250 kmph and it is capable of handling a maximum speed of up to 375 kmph on the curves. Also, it comes with less banking on the oval. This means the testing vehicles will be offered more safety during different manoeuvres.

Wide range of testing

This high-speed track has been developed for testing a wide range of high-performance vehicles. These include two-wheelers, four-wheelers, commercial vehicles, three-wheelers and even tractor-trailers too. This means the supercar manufacturers like Lamborghini, Ferrari too can test their vehicles in this facility.

Various kinds of manoeuvres

This test track allows a variety of vehicle testing manoeuvres, ranging from braking, high-speed runs, mileage accumulation, high-speed handling, coast down, acceleration, fuel-consumption evaluation, stability etc.

This new test track could be a major boon for carmakers in India, especially premium luxury carmakers. That’s because a lot of high-speed testing is usually carried out on tracks abroad. Now, with this track at Pithampur, a significant chunk of the testing can be conducted within the country, thereby reducing costs and other overheads.

Other activities

Besides testing different type of vehicles, this test track can be used to host product launches, dealer events, as well as different motorsport events. With the capability of testing a wide range of vehicles here, it is already generating interest from different OEMs. This could reduce the cost of testing for the vehicle manufacturers and become a revenue generator for the government.

First Published Date: 04 Jul 2021, 09:59 AM IST

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