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Nissan to Begin Construction of High-Speed Circuit in Hokkaido
TOKYO, Japan, July 6 (ots/PRNewswire) -
- New 8.1-km circuit to be completed by 2006
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., announced today that it would begin
construction of an 8.1-kilometer high-speed circuit at its Hokkaido
Proving Ground in Rikubetsu, Hokkaido. The addition of the new
high-speed circuit will create Nissan's longest test-track facility
in the world.
The new circuit, which is modeled after a normal expressway
consisting of continuous variable slopes and curves, will be
completed in August 2006. It will enable Nissan to conduct
comprehensive product testing, ranging from ordinary road driving to
ultra high-speed driving.
The circuit will also be used to conduct research on driving
behaviour, driver support systems and ITS (intelligent transport
The Hokkaido proving ground opened in 1991 and already possesses
a 7.2-km track that emulates driving conditions on suburban roads and
circuit courses in Europe. Combined with the new high-speed circuit,
the proving ground will total approximately 16 km.
Nissan's two other proving grounds in Japan are located on the
main island of Honshu. The Tochigi Proving Ground in Tochigi
Prefecture is 6.5 km long, while the Oppama Proving Ground in
Kanagawa Prefecture is 2.4 km long. Nissan's Arizona Testing Center
in the U.S., its only overseas proving ground, is 9.2 km long.
Rikubetsu in Hokkaido, Japan's northern most island, is the
coldest municipality in Japan. In winter, temperatures drop to minus
15 degrees centigrade, making it ideal for cold-weather vehicle
Details of the Hokkaido Proving Ground:
- Location: 48-1 Aza-Rinnai, Rikubetsu, Ashoro, Hokkaido
- Site size: 7.08 million square meters
(150 times the size of Tokyo Dome)
- Major facilities: Country road; up & downhill road; straight
road; dirt circuit track; off-road test track
ots Originaltext: Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
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