Nestled within the mountainous space overlapping the cities of Toyota and Okazaki stands the Toyota Technical Centre Shimoyama, overlaying a complete space of 6.508 kilometres and encompassing three separate check circuits.
Apparently, the so-called Third Circuit or Nation Street, which measures 5.3km in complete and is modelled after Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife (20.8km excluding GP observe), was accomplished forward of the First and Second circuits again in 2019.
The opposite two are due for completion this yr.
The ability itself was commissioned by Toyota Motor Company chairman Akio Toyoda when he was nonetheless president and CEO of the corporate, and is designed to do much more than simply gather knowledge for car improvement.
As a driver who has beforehand raced within the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, Mr Toyoda (also called Morizo Kinoshita when racing), described the check centre’s three circuits as a spot the place automobiles might be examined to their limits and past.
“I’ve been constructing these circuits as each a path to coach vehicles, and a path to interrupt vehicles,” he stated.
Talking in regards to the Third Circuit particularly after it was accomplished in 2019, when he additionally received the prospect to drive it, Toyoda stated: “With its intense ups and downs, a collection of infinite corners… It truly made me really feel as if I used to be driving the Nürburgring.”
It was conceived with the assistance of check drivers utilizing data and know-how from numerous hours testing on the Nürburgring, and has been designed to check new fashions for enhanced sturdiness.
“Nürburgring is understood for its distinctive skill to convey out issues in vehicles, even vehicles which have been examined many occasions in Japan can run into issues after just a bit driving,” he stated.
“If one thing goes improper, we return the automotive to the pit, restore it, and drive it once more. By repeating this we’re capable of tune the automotive.”
Whereas the Third Circuit was designed with uphills, downhills, proper corners, left corners, with the view to making a mountain street within the countryside, the First Circuit is an oval form with the longest straightaway, whereas the Second Circuit contains each a straightaway but additionally options a number of different tracks.
With the 2 remaining circuits due for completion later this yr, there’s an opportunity we would get to check out the amenities at Shimoyama, particularly the ‘Nation Street’ and hopefully in one thing a bit particular from Gazoo Racing.
We’ll maintain you posted.