Toyota Motor Corporation may have slipped to #3 in world volume rankings in 2017, but that doesn’t deter the carmaker’s future business plans and investments. Reports from Japan suggest that Toyota has set aside whopping US$2.8 billion for new testing and development infrastructure as the current set-up is running full capacity.
With future automotive business dynamics changing, Toyota wants to regain its lead and stay top of the game especially in new technology applications. According to Nikkei Asian Review, Toyota is planning to build its new research and development center in Aichi, in central Honshu Island, Japan. The infrastructure will include as many as 11 different test tracks, with one mirroring Nordschleife track in western Germany. Most of the 11 tracks at the site will handle electric vehicle development.
Interestingly, Toyota’s replica track will be just 5.3km, roughly a fourth of its German inspiration which is 20.7 km and will feature a range of corners and elevation changes similar to Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. The track will be used to test steering and braking ability on new cars in tough conditions to ensure its cars can meet regulations worldwide, with cars developed at the site set to be delivered to popular markets like the United States and Europe, as well as developing markets such as India and South America. The new test facility is all set to be ready by 2023.