Best Automotive Test Facilities
Mobis Proving Ground
Isolated in the middle nowhere, Mobis Proving Ground is a moderately popular vehicle test facility that is typically used by manufacturers of tough SUVs and heavier 4x4s to ensure their vehicles can challenge all sorts of weather conditions, all around the world. Albeit, not all vehicles are designed to withstand treacherous conditions and let’s face it, some roads are better left for drivers of smaller motors, but that hasn’t stood in the way of Hyundai or Kia and a handful of other car makers in the industry. Mobis allows manufacturers to cover all areas and test vehicle performance in weather conditions that drivers are likely to encounter throughout a journey and consists of snow-covered tracks – with ice too – in circular shapes, straight lines and sharp turns that really push vehicles to their limit.
Nardo Technical Centre
In 2012, Porsche Engineering bought the spacious facility and continues to allow car makers to use it for the testing of vehicle performance and capabilities. Now, though, it boasts 20 tracks catering to nearly every shakedown scenario you can think of, from NVH to near-death and actual death experiences for tyres and suspension – there’s even facilities within Nardo to measure bodywork corrosion resistance. We have to admit that the reason Nardo is such a popular test facility with car makers is because the track is the consistency of the sun and dry tarmac throughout every season of the year, all year round.
Germany is home to one of the most thorough vehicle test facilities in the world. With never-ending, ever-winding sharp turns, wide bends and an array of other intense tests to ensure vehicles are fit enough to be on the road. Although many motorists don’t see a reason to physically visit Nürburgring and just can’t wrap their heads around the purpose of the tracks, car makers generally prefer to speed up development to find out whether systems and components are robust. However, it could be a good idea to test previously owned or used cars here, not only will it demonstrate how reliable your new car is, it’s also one of the most challenging tracks in the world and to say you’ve taken your car there is well respected in the motoring world.
If you have plans to run a road car at a speed far greater than 200mph, your options are bare to say the very least. Despite that, we have to argue that your best bet for testing a car capable of reaching a speed far greater than 200mph is Ehra-Lessien in Germany with an 8.7km straight road and long, banked turns that permit a fast entry and an even quicker exit. Albeit, it almost sounds as though it has been tailor-made for the modern era of road cars that have no problem reaching a top speed of more than 250mph, but in fact, Ehra-Lessien is a Cold War relic built over a no-fly zone close to the former East German border. Now the Volkswagen Group own the Ehra-Lessien test facility, which is considered one of the very few places where reaching a speed above 250mph can be achieved without barriers or distractions.