NATRAX: India Gets Asia's Longest High Speed Track To Test Performance Of Wide Range Of Vehicles
Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Prakash Javadekar today (29 June) inaugurated NATRAX - the High Speed Track (HST) in Madhya Pradesh's Indore, which is the longest such track in Asia.
NATRAX, developed in an area of 1000 acres of land, is a one stop solution for all sorts of high speed performance tests for widest categories of vehicles from 2-wheelers to heavy tractor trailers.
Speaking at the e-inauguration of the world class 11.3 km High Speed Track, Javadekar stated that India is destined to become a hub of automobiles, manufacturing, and spare parts.
The minister said, we are fast moving towards an ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ and all round efforts are being made in this direction. He said that the ministry is committed to fulfil Prime Minister’s dream of ensuring that India becomes a hub of auto manufacturing.
Javadekar said expanding automobiles and manufacturing industries will help generate employment in the country.
The NATRAX centre has multiple test capabilities like measurements of maximum speed, acceleration, constant speed fuel consumption, emission tests through real road driving simulation, high speed handling and stability evaluation during manoeuvred such as lane change, high speed durability testing, etc. and is a Centre of excellence for Vehicle Dynamics, the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
HST is used for measuring the maximum speed capability of high-end cars like BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Tesla and so forth which cannot be measured on any of the Indian test tracks.
Being centrally located in Madhya Pradesh, it is accessible to most of the major OEMs.
Foreign OEMs will be looking at NATRAX HST for the development of prototype cars for Indian conditions. At present, foreign OEMs go to their respective high speed track abroad for high speed test requirements.
It is one stop solution for all sorts of high speed performance tests, being one of the largest in the world. It can cater to widest category of vehicles; from two wheelers to the heaviest tractor trailers.
Vehicle can achieve max speed of 375 Kmph on curves with steering control and it has less banking on ovals making it also one of the safest test track globally.
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